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What did you like best about How to Catch a Russian Spy? What did you like least?
You know when your friend studies abroad in Spain for 1 semester and then they come back really adamant about pronouncing Barcelona as "Barthelona" ? That's just a tiny fraction of this guy. You can hardly get to the story without him dropping random Master's degree's that his family has, random references to graduate student beloved writers, and name drops of esoteric post-modern authors. Sure, I understood because this was, moronically, the type of stuff I chose to study in college. But Man, this guy is SO over the top. It's like a guy struggling to bench press as much as he can to show you that he can. The story is totally 2nd to you understanding how cool and hip and urbane he is. He's so well read and dreamy.... and what are we even talking about? Russian Spies?
He waxes poetic for entire chapters about how cool he was in high school and college, making you sit around and relive his glory days with him, like he's Al Bundy from "Married with Children" talking about his four touchdowns that one game back at Polk High.
What I liked best? I guess the few moments of 'fly on the wall' insight where a) it didn't feel like he wasn't embellishing, which was rare, and b) he wasn't flexing his 'I just got out of grad school, look at all these random esoteric names I can drop' muscles. But those moments were fleeting.
What was most disappointing about Naveed Jamali and Ellis Henican ’s story?
How insecure this guy must feel on a regular basis.
What three words best describe Kirby Heyborne’s performance?
Just Too Much
Do you think How to Catch a Russian Spy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Definitely not - the writer just needs to gain some confidence and focus on telling a gripping story. We're here for the russian spy stuff, not how cool it was that time you got sent to the principals office in school (I wish I was joking)
Any additional comments?
The narrator - He actually wasn't bad , but the accents were terrible and ill-advised in general. Really doesn't help add to the 'non-fiction' vice when he's doing goofy voices for every character.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A real plot not a narrative.
Would you ever listen to anything by Naveed Jamali and Ellis Henican again?
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?
Anyone. He made it sound like the author was a twelve year old.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
Why the FBI would have put any credence in the author is alarming in the extreme. His motives for getting involved as he did were transparently pure egotism from the first to the last page and he did a poor job of disguising it. His bare all patriotism made him sound like an infatuated adolescence. How on earth did this book get published at all? The read, that I dutifully finished, was a complete waste of time.
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