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With unprecedented scope and consummate skill, Norman Mailer unfolds a rich and riveting epic of an American spy. Harry Hubbard is the son and godson of CIA legends. His journey to learn the secrets of his society - and his own past - takes him through the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the "momentous catastrophe" of the Kennedy assassination. All the while, Hubbard is haunted by women who were loved by both his godfather and President Kennedy. Featuring a tapestry of unforgettable characters both real and imagined, Harlot's Ghost is a panoramic achievement in the tradition of Tolstoy, Melville, and Balzac, a triumph of Mailer's literary prowess.

©1991 Norman Mailer. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following for permission to reprint previously published material: FABER AND FABER LIMITED: Five lines from “The Waste Land” from Collected Poems, 1909-1962 (pp. 27-28), © 1964, 1963 by T. S. Eliot. Rights throughout the world excluding the USA are controlled by Faber and Faber Limited. Reprinted by permission of Faber and Faber Limited. THE NEW REPUBLIC: Excerpts from “Unofficial Envoy” by Jean Daniel, December 13, 1963, and excerpts from “When Castro Heard the News” by Jean Daniel, December 7, 1963. © 1963 by The New Republic, Inc. Reprinted by permission of The New Republic.

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Timely & Terrific

Harlots Ghost has been gathering dust on my bookshelf for decades. It's girth combined with slow reading and distractions are my excuses.
This audiobook cut through these pretexts and delivered both a terrific work that otherwise was inaccessible to me, and a needed reminder of how great Mailer was at his art. Highly recommended! It also explains the most current variety of political madness.

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Thought provoking work

There is no question in my mind that Mailer has been and continues to be one of America's best writer's. This work, could have gotten 5 stars from me but for the kind of non ending ending which leaves me in mind of those modern writer's who are setting their audience up for one or more sequels. Lots of loose ends still waving in the breeze after the last word had been read. However, aside from that, whether the story was purely fictional or semi factual, it left me with a perception of recent US history that syncs with a good many revisionist historical accounts that have surfaced over the past several years. It was, in my mind, very well written...imaginative plot, characters with seeming real lives who I could relate to, whether in a positive or negative manner, behavior that was driven by the characters human motivations, and clear, concise description. Whether the story can be viewed as
"realistic" or outlandish, depends on the reader...who, I think, will be greatly entertained, either way. My complaint about the ending could be a result of: 1) the idea of sequels, stated above, 2) the author rushing for a conclusion for reasons unstated or, 3) it ends the way life ends...lots and lots of unanswered questions.

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Frustrating story telling

Would you try another book from Norman Mailer and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

I would try another Mailer book. Yes I would listen to Rudnicki again.

What could Norman Mailer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Use an editor. there are too many problems with the writing. The big ones are that it is obsessively detailed, the story structure is too complicated, and although the historical information should make this a very interesting spy novel, I felt like I was listening to an obnoxious soap opera.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Stefan Rudnicki did the best he could with this impossilbe story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Great disappointment

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