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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: February 2013 ISBN: 9781482984613
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 1/13/2014

    " I had thoroughly enjoyed The Company. This one was disappointing: too many characters, too much going from past to present. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina Chachu | 1/13/2014

    " With the main protagonist having some kind of Multiple Personality Disorder, the stage is set for a chase for an elusive Russia from Brooklyn to Israel to Latin America and parts of Eastern Europe. Most enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brigham | 1/6/2014

    " Cool idea, poor execution. Spy with multiple personalities. Interesting for real espionage fans, but otherwise it's a pass. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookeraj | 12/30/2013

    " Reasonably good Cold-War spy novel. Interesting, but not too innovative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 12/24/2013

    " am enjoying this espionage/spy/double agent kinda book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/3/2013

    " Outstanding and original spy fiction. The main character, Martin Odum, tries to discover which of his three (or is it four?) assumed identities is the real Martin. His journey makes for a fascinating and fun read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Saadia | 11/9/2013

    " Just started this spy novel. So far interesting without being to graphic, but...I reserve judgement until I read a bit more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 10/16/2013

    " I'm not a big fan of spy novels, but the use of multiple personalities in the protagonist, and the ultimate reveal on why he has multiple personalities, was an interesting twist on the usual fare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 8/30/2013

    " Another page-turner by the author of The Company. The book hinges on the fact that the protagonist has 3(4?) separate identities (legends). Which is the real one? ery interesting the way that the book is organized. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Pool | 1/28/2012

    " I read Littell's The Company first, which was great. This one is right up there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 5/14/2011

    " I had thoroughly enjoyed The Company. This one was disappointing: too many characters, too much going from past to present. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/20/2011

    " I read Littell's The Company first, which was great. This one is right up there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookeraj | 12/8/2010

    " Reasonably good Cold-War spy novel. Interesting, but not too innovative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 9/19/2010

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 6/26/2010

    " Outstanding and original spy fiction. The main character, Martin Odum, tries to discover which of his three (or is it four?) assumed identities is the real Martin. His journey makes for a fascinating and fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 5/21/2010

    " Another page-turner by the author of The Company. The book hinges on the fact that the protagonist has 3(4?) separate identities (legends). Which is the real one? ery interesting the way that the book is organized. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Saadia | 3/30/2009

    " Just started this spy novel. So far interesting without being to graphic, but...I reserve judgement until I read a bit more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 5/21/2008

    " am enjoying this espionage/spy/double agent kinda book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/26/2008

    " Pretty good spy novel with a nice psychological twist. I'll probably read a few more Littell novels after this, so it can't have been terrible I guess. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Littell

Robert Littell’s novels include the New York Times bestseller The Company and many others. A former Newsweek journalist, he makes his home in France.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.