We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Company Audiobook

The Company: A Novel of the CIA

Regular Price:$69.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Think of Mario Puzo doing a spy novel and you get a sense of the scope Littell achieves. Spanning over 40 years of CIA history, The Company is a multi-generational saga of men and women trying to do right in a world where deceit is a tool of the trade. Narrator-extraordinaire Scott Brick gives individuality to a large cast of characters, keeping the listener connected to them from The Bay of Pigs to the Reagan White House. (Ed Walloga)

Publisher's Summary

Crisis constantly lurks around the corner, monitored by spies who are always with us. In his career-capping thirteenth novel, master of the espionage thriller Robert Littell has crafted a breathtaking story of the legendary CIA - "The Company" to insiders.

At its heart lies a spectacular mole hunt involving the CIA, MI6, KGB and Mossad - a stunningly conceived trip down the rabbit hole to the labyrinthine Alice-in-Wonderland world of espionage, "a wood where things have no names."

Racing across a landscape spanning the legendary Berlin Base of the 1950s - the front line of the simmering Cold War - the Soviet invasion of Hungary, the Bay of Pigs, Afghanistan, and the Gorbachev putsch, The Company tells the thrilling story of agents imprisoned in double lives, fighting an enemy that is amoral, elusive, and formidable. It also lays bare the internecine warfare within the company itself, adding another dimension to the spy vs. spy game.

©2013 Robert Littell (P)2013 Phoenix Audio

What the Critics Say

"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel, he should have." (Tom Clancy, author of Patriot Games) "If le Carre is the Joyce of spy novelists, Littell is the Dickens." (Booklist, starred review). "An epic tale...peopled by heroes and villains who seem almost mythological in retrospect...Keeps you riveted." (Nelson DeMille, author of Up Country)
"Destined to become the definitive novel about the CIA." (Amazon.com)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (6375 )
5 star
 (3311)
4 star
 (1789)
3 star
 (701)
2 star
 (296)
1 star
 (278)
Overall
4.2 (3374 )
5 star
 (1749)
4 star
 (980)
3 star
 (382)
2 star
 (122)
1 star
 (141)
Story
4.3 (3367 )
5 star
 (1900)
4 star
 (934)
3 star
 (324)
2 star
 (107)
1 star
 (102)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Dianne Mildura, Australia 06-16-09
    Dianne Mildura, Australia 06-16-09 Member Since 2011

    So many great books, and so little time to meet them all..this is why I adore audio books, I take them with me everywhere: studio, garden etc.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    54
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    130
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    3
    Overall
    "A Great Listen"

    What a fantastic listen, at no time did I think that 40 hours was too long: I found this novel interesting from start to finish and a great way to get a birds eye view of modern history. Littell's style has enough detail and originality of expression to engage the 'reader' without slowing it down too much for the listener who likes action. Definitely qualifies for a repeat listen before too long. The narrator was easy to listen to and characterised the voices very well without causing one to cringe.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer WA, United States 02-27-09
    Jennifer WA, United States 02-27-09 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    310
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    287
    25
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    "Outstanding"

    An exciting story that sustains throughout and delivers a one-two punch from start to finish. A well written spy novel, modern-day mystery, and character study wrapped up in great style and delivered through the brilliant narration of Scott Brick. If you want to relive the cold war through real people, true events, and a step-by step walk through a dark corridor of history -- don't miss this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Franceen Dahlgren, VA, USA 12-21-02
    Franceen Dahlgren, VA, USA 12-21-02 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    64
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    52
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Mind Boggling"

    You wouldn't know this is fiction - if you know American Intel History you would think this is a non-fiction accounting the CIA past.
    Long, but keeps you interested.

    64 of 72 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Old Hippy PA 08-30-11
    Old Hippy PA 08-30-11 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    620
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    414
    106
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    62
    0
    Overall
    "Superb! Gripping! Highest Praise!"

    Now I don't often wax on about how great these audio books are. As you've probably figured out, there's occasional diamonds, and a whole lot of stones. This one is rare indeed! Essentially a fictionalized narrative history of the CIA from post-WW II through the end of the Cold War, it's a wonderful story! Scott Brick does an outstanding job with the voices, nuances, and accents. He's a great narrator! Littell's epic tale follows a number of actual historic characters through the years ... there are a number of international espionage accounts, with one overall mystery running through to the final end: who is the longstanding mole in CIA working with the Russians since the beginning(?). I found myself regularly jumping off to look up characters and events on Wikipedia to see how real history paralleled the narrative. It's really fantastic how Littell weaves it all together. Wonderfully intriguing and historic characters such as "The Sorcerer", James Jesus Alexander, Kim Philby, "The Rabbi", and on and on. The ending does not disappoint and is inspired. Hell, it might even be real! Try it, you'll like it!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ed from Virginia Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, US 08-14-05
    Ed from Virginia Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, US 08-14-05 Listener Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Over too soon!!"

    I was initially reluctant to start a 40 hours book, but I was astonished at how quickly the time passed. It was over far too soon. I realize this book is a fictionalized version of history, but the foundations in fact make this a very compelling commentary on practices and policies of this country during the Cold War, and beyond. I only wish this book had been twice as long!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Paul 08-07-03
    Paul 08-07-03
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Pay Attention--It's worth it!"

    Excellent character development and plot, but can at times leave you in the dust if you're not paying attention to the names and AKAs. You WILL use rewind, but it's well worth it. The story is compelling and timely. The references make you feel like you're getting the behind the scenes 'real' story of the CIA and it's role in historical events. It will drive you to listen long after you should stop and get on with life. The narrator is fantastic and brings life to all the characters. A must read!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Todd Wynia Phoenix, AZ 01-26-03
    Todd Wynia Phoenix, AZ 01-26-03 Member Since 2001
    HELPFUL VOTES
    148
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    106
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "A great book"

    This is my first Rober Littell book and I really enjoyed it. It keeps you guessing right up until the very end. I thought I might be getting sick of it by the end of 40 hours, but not so.

    Scott Brick is an excellent narrator. Although, he could be more consistent in volume. There are times when listening through the cassette adapter in my car that I couldn't hear him well at all. I know that changes in volume can add some drama, but if you can't hear what he's saying, drama gives way to frustration.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-21-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-21-16 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    9250
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1601
    1194
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    298
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Riveting epic spy thriller!"

    The Company, released in 2002, is the only Robert Littell novel in my Audible library. At more than 41 hours in length The Company could easily been more than one novel. It is the fictionalized story of the history of the CIA. The audiobook is riveting! Scott Brick narrates.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Steve Mount Nelson, TAS, Australia 12-29-05
    Steve Mount Nelson, TAS, Australia 12-29-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    25
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Fantastic - will take over your life !"

    This book is huge.....long.....and captivating all the way......
    It had me wanting to continue listening for more at every minute of it's (40?) hours. It is the most enjoyable listen I have had to date and gave a seemingly realistic insight into the workings of the CIA and other spy agencies.
    The character development is excellent, from the Uni study days, through recruitment , training , first posts and on to senior positions and eventually end of careers.
    It nicely ties in realistic events in great detail, such as the Bay of Pigs invasion and leaves you wondering if this is a non fiction or a novel.
    Be warned...it will take over your life ! Your family will be sicj of seeing you listening and wearing your earphones - you won't be able to stop listening.
    Excellent narration. Highly recomended

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 06-29-04
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 06-29-04 Member Since 2016

    Black

    HELPFUL VOTES
    743
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    375
    84
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    45
    0
    Overall
    "Re-living my history"

    This was one of the first audible books I purchased - I think I was going for quantity. I listed to the first CD twice at different points in time but abandoned the effort each time. However, I have great faith in Audible reviewers and this book was one of the highest rated, widely read books on the site. I tried again and finally broke into the second CD. From there on, I was transported back to times and events I could remember but this book both refreshed that history and gave it a new perspective. How could one so quickly forget living the Cold War?

    Unlike a few other reviewers, I applaud the reading by Brick as I could swear he recorded the Kennedy and Reagan White House conversations they seemed so real. Maybe you have to be of a certain age to truly appreciate this reading.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Bruce G.
    12/1/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "45 hours of engaging espionage.."
    If you could sum up The Company in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging
    entertaining
    enthralling


    What did you like best about this story?

    The 'Sasha' thread throughout the book


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The bay of pigs schene


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The 'girlies' scenes throughout the book made me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    The Company is nothing less than an epic history of the Cold War, the period in which the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics tried to undermine each other without resorting to nuclear weapons.

    One reason why Littell’s novel is so effective is the skill with which he blends such historical events as the Cuban Missile Crisis with the lives of his fictional characters. Those invented personalities range from the alcoholic head of America’s Berlin Base, Harvey Torriti, to the pedophile who runs Soviet counterintelligence, the man known only as “Starick.”

    What ultimately makes this massive work so enjoyable is the decades-long search by the CIA for the Soviet mole, Sasha

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • K. Blair
    London, UK
    11/26/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent book"

    One of the best books I've listened to in quite a while. Factual backbone with fictional characters in the leading roles and enough believable embellishments to add spice to the story. Very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    7/25/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Superb Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Company the most enjoyable?

    Well constructed story with interlocking characters working within sub plots


    What did you like best about this story?

    The background behind the history of events many of us lived through


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favourite?

    Angleton, for his tenacity.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, the overall length precluded this.


    Any additional comments?

    An ideal listen for regular long trips in the car. made the M25 bearable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.