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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (276 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Littell Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Martin Odum is a CIA field agent turned private detective, struggling his way through a labyrinth of past identities—“legends” in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Or is he Dante Pippen, an IRA explosives maven? Or Lincoln Dittmann, Civil War expert? These men like different foods, speak different languages, have different skills. Is he suffering from multiple personality disorder, brainwashing, or simply exhaustion? Can Odum trust the CIA psychiatrist? Or Stella Kastner, a young Russian woman who engages him to find her brother-in-law so he can give her sister a divorce? As Odum redeploys his dormant tradecraft skills to solve Stella’s case, he travels the globe battling mortal danger and psychological disorientation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Robert Littell’s convincing spy story is brimming with great characters.”

    New York Post

  • “[Legends] makes it blazingly clear that Littell’s is one of the most talented, most original voices in American fiction today.”

    Washington Post

  • “Littell provides plenty of inside intelligence info in his superb new thriller, but he adds a decidedly comic spin…Wonderful writing and a great sense of fun make this another winner.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Littell…delivers a smart, fun, strange adventure in the legendary tradition of Odysseus, yet another wily trickster who boasts to his peril that he is ‘no man.’”

    Booklist

  • “An entertaining romp through post–Soviet Russia.”

    Bookmarks magazine

  • Winner of the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 2/9/2014

    " Best spy book I have ever read. Littell is a master. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Virginia | 2/1/2014

    " A spy who has quit the CIA has multiple personality disorder. Very tightly woven plot, great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elaine | 1/29/2014

    " Oh, this is my kind of spy novel. Martin Odum (if that is indeed his real name) is a former CIA agent who now works as a detective in Brooklyn. Problem is, he can't quite remember which of his 'legends' (identities he's taken on during the course of his CIA career) is the real him. As he works his latest case, we learn more about each of his legends, and about the events that lead to his dismissal from the agency. A nearly perfect post-cold war spy novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vicki | 1/28/2014

    " Reminded me of THe Spy Who came in from the cold. A little slow. Held my interest with lots of twists but not really my kind of book. "

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