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!
Though it took me 2 hours to get into the book, the last 40 hours were very engaging.
It's an interesting story and an especially good value for AudibleListeners. I recommend The Company for super-long trips, like cross-country drives or US to Asia flights.
Being someone from former Soviet Union and one who's had some dealing with the dark side of KGB, I was very impressed with the accuracy of this story. This could have been a real none-fiction book about CIA and KGB. Awesome. I can't wait for his next novel.
A great way to learn about the CIA and expionage in a story format. I had to listen no matter what I was doing...the book kept me on the edge! Great descpiptions and detail on the life of the characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed this work. Even after 40 hours, I wanted more. The inner workings of the CIA were fascinating and often spellbinding. I especially enjoyed the "historical fiction" accounts of famous spies, the Russian invasion of Hugary, the Bay of Pigs, the attempted Castro assasination, andthe JFK/Mafia connection.
As long as this book is, I almost want more! It kept my attention from the beginning to the end. Total masterpiece! Don't let the length deter you from listening.