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It's a deadly dilemma for Martin Odum: both remembering and forgetting his past are dangerous options. A discharged CIA agent turned private detective, Odum is struggling through a labyrinth of memories from past identities, "legends", in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Or is he Dante Pippen, IRA explosives specialist? Or Lincoln Dittmann, Civil War expert? Or another, hidden legend?

When Stella Kastner asks Odum to find her missing brother-in-law, Odum's ex-boss from the CIA shows up to order him off the case. Odum takes it anyway, embarking on a search that leads him around the world battling mortal danger and psychological disorientation.

©2005 Robert Littell; (P)2005 The Audio Partners

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"Wonderful writing and a great sense of fun make this another winner." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Dan
  • Fayetteville, AR, United States
  • 04-02-07

Just too confusing

I know that this genre uses plot twists to keep the reader interested but this one went too far. Legends lacked a real story and was too farfetched even for a spy thriller. A real disappointment after The Company which even at 50 hours held my interest.

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  • Barry
  • Santa Rosa, CA, USA
  • 09-07-06

This is a Legend

This is an outstanding audio book. If you like the spy genre, Littell is one the best and it shows in this audio book. Very interesting from the first word to the last word. Excellent production value and narration. I couldn't stop listening to this on my ipod and even got a little paint on it when I tried to listen while painting my shed. Well, it was worth it

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  • Hugh
  • Westlake, OH, USA
  • 09-30-05

Also didn't like the narrator treatment

I just finished Littell's The Company and the narrator did a wonderful job of giving each character his/her own voice, complete with vocal nuances. However, with Legends, I too am having a very hard time pushing through this audiobook as the narrator has, so far, awarded every foreign character with the same (or similar enough) Ricky Ricardo-esque accent. Additionally, the narrator tends to drag out the end of the last word in almost every sentence, which began to drive me nuts after several hours. The story, itself, seems pretty intriguing and it's a shame I'll have to shelve it for a bit.

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  • Joel
  • Dallas
  • 08-13-05

Can not finish

This is the first book in 4 years that I have downloaded from Audible that I could not finish. It is almost impossible to follow the plot, if therer is one. I have listened to the author's previous books and have enjoyed them.

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