Your name is Quiller. You are the hero of an extraordinary novel that shows how a spy works, how messages are coded and decoded, how contacts are made, how a man reacts under the influence of truth drugs, and that traces the story of a vastly complex, entertaining, convincing, and sinister plot.
©1965 Jonquil Trevor; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"You can't go wrong with Quiller." (Harper's)
"Tense, intelligent, harsh, surprising." (New York Times)
"A model of breathless excitement." (New Yorker)
This is a well-read, well-written thriller that holds up to repeated listens. It is a classic of post-war espionage, full of twists and turns.
Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.
I enjoyed roughly the first half of The Quiller Memorandum immensely. It's set in Berlin during the mid 1960s, a setting ripe with intrigue, and it gets off to a fast start. But about half way through the story, an element of overdone psychoanalysis intrudes on the narrative and it just goes on and on until you begin to wonder which word applies best, tiresome or wearisome. (I say wearisome is worse than tiresome, and thus is the better choice.)
The performance by Simon Prebble is top notch.
Seems like it was trying to be literary, so lots of stream of consciousness and Freudian. Seemed like dreck.
The idea of a post WWII Germany and hunting for evil Nazi's had potential. The book however realized none of it as it rambles through a self reflective narrative that neither tells a story nor develops any characters.
90% of the time the story deals with what the main character is thinking. It never seems to develop into a plot to follow nor enjoy.
This easily is my least favorite Audible download in 3 years. Maybe if you have enjoyed other of this authors books you may enjoy it, but I found it uncompelling and tedious.
Glass Chewing Calvinist
Yes. Mostly because the story is so good but also because the performance is near perfect. The narrarator did an absolutely splendid job bringing this story to life. I don't think this would have been as good an experience without the narrarator.
The main, character, of course. Everyone else is a bad guy.
This is my first time listening to Mr. Pebble. I would absolutely listen to him again. He is fantastic.
Very entertaining story. Marvelous performance.
How many Nazi conspiracy theories and stories can you write after 60 years? I can't seem to get past the concept that every Nazi that was alive is now dead or really old. Writing a new story about a very old concept just doesn't make it even in a spy thriller.
Narrator does fine as he always does. Unfortunately the story just doesn't carry me past five minutes of listening.
Are antihero or hero or whatever he is just doesn't seem to cut it. His character is pretty soft.
I would recommend that you not waste your time or your money on this story
I could not stand to listen to the book. The narrator was terrible he ruined the book for me and wasted my money. The book is good it is a four star book but the narrator subtracts three stars. Great job Simon.
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