This is a good value. It is more like a series of books rather than one. It encompasses the story of the CIA from the cold war to the present. But you have to like spy stories and politics in order to really enjoy it. The narrator is good and as a whole it did a good job holding my attention without confusing me.
I enjoyed the storytelling, and I especially enjoyed listening to a history of the CIA. I learned a bit and listened to a ripping good yarn in the process.
It was okay. I really like long books, and this one certainly fits the bill, but I think it might have been better were it condensed by a third. The subject matter was interesting enough, but every single event was pounded into the ground, and then stomped on. Okay, okay, the Bay of Pigs was tough, Jack was brave, I get it! It just got tiresome.
Adding insult to injury, the reader (Scott Brick, one of my very favorites, and one of the reasons I chose this title), sounded like so much like Side-Show Bob as to be distracting.
A few weeks after finishing this book, there are no characters that I miss, no fond memories of great scenes, nothing that stands out as memorable for me. Clearly I am in the minority; I hope that you will like this book better than I did.
If you like lots of "f" words and taking the name of diety in vain, you will like this book. I was very frustrated that I had to quit listening to what promised to be a great novel due to the never ending stream of foul and offensive language. I was surprised, because I had loved The Once and Future Spy, which had very little such language.
Excellent book. Excellent Read. Captures the human drama and intrique of the cold war. However, I agree with the reader who opines that the negative portrayal of Reagan brings into question the credibility of the book. Still, as a work of fiction it is worth a listen.
I was enthralled with "The Company" until Littell decided to unload on President Reagan. Up until then the novel was very interesting and intriguing but the complete hammering of the Reagan Presidency made me question how much, if any, of the novel was actually historical or just another fictional work. Don't get me wrong, entertaining it is but factual, if at all......who knows? I would suggest spending $60+ somewhere else.
I enjoyed The Company so much that I am listening to it again...all 40 odd hours of it. There are parts that brought tears to my eyes, parts that made me laugh out loud, and parts that had me on the edge of my seat. What more can you ask for?
Occasionally I got sidetracked with Littell's literary gimmicks (a Tom Swifty sneaked into one passage, I noted parenthetically) causing me to have to replay a section after regaining my composure, but it read like a play or movie, with all the accents and attitudes of the various characters, not to mention suspense and plot twists galore.
I loved having front row seats for the Bay of Pigs as well as the fall of the Soviet Union.
Scott Brick is the very best reader in audio books and with this material he presents an engrossing one-man show!
Anything with Scott Brick reading it is a joy on the ears! Frank Muller and Scott Brick - If they read it you can't go wrong!