Harlot's Ghost

  • by Norman Mailer
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 48 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- neil

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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- anna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-22-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio