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.
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"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)
I'm not an idealogue that cannot handle challenges to my beliefs, but to listen to this book disparage Ronald Reagan and discount everything he did was a disappointment. Because this book covers so much history it was almost an educational read, but like so many others Littrel takes potshots at Reagan with cliches that have long since been disproven. By the time the book got to the 1980s I was tiring of the plot, anyway. I did listen all the way to the end and found the resolution disappointing.
Not something I'll ever listen to again.
The best audio book so far for me. Rich in characters and a top-notch narration.
One little annoyance is the author's obvious disdain of Ronald Reagan. His character reminded me of the SNL Phil Hartman imitation which was goofy and cartoonish.
What was totally omitted was Carter's inept handling of the middle east.
I have to agree with one of the other reviewers: Scott Brick's style of reading the book becomes annoying real quick - and the book is too long for that. As a non-native listener I also have to add that he is really hard to understand sometimes - much more so than any of the other voices I have heard on Audible so far.
First book (physical or audio) I've given up on in the middle in years. Made it to middle of part 2 (of 6); about 8 hrs. of 40 hrs. Too many characters, places, times, subplots, .... Perhaps if I was outlining the book for a course I could keep it all together but as far as entertainment goes, forget about it. I ordered it based on ratings and length. I figured a nice long enjoyable title would be great. The operative word was enjoyable. This isn't.
This is a well-written book, captivating and entertaining, but it is not a novel. Instead it's a novelization of various well-known historical events. The author creates believable characters and weaves them into the sequence of history, much like Forrest Gump was woven into history. Overall a tolerably good look at the intelligence game, and the method makes important historical events approachable and human. But you know how things are going to turn out before the book starts.
One of the two books I have to return, I just can't follow it. I'm a huge fan of DeMille, Flynn, Eisler and the lot but this let me wondering when I'd get hooked. I never did. Maybe it's me, it gets great reviews, but I can't follow it, and I can follow Silva and Clancy!
They never offered the ability to return back when I got this one or it would not be in my library now. I like spy novels, Bourne, Jack Ryan, etc but while those do have some gratuitous language and violence this one goes beyond my ability to listen.
This is so long spanning 50 years, loses you everywhere. No plot, no point. Garbage, waste of 40 hours if you choose to stick it through.
boring, no plot, thinks he is a historian
First of all, this book might have been a lot better if it was narrated by someone else. Someone with a little more emotion who didn't try to make everyone sound Russian. Being better at female voices wouldn't hurt either.
I was looking for a long book to listen to and being a fan of Tom Clancy novels I thought this might be an interesting book. I hate to say it, but I thought this book was rather lame. The overall story wasn't too bad, but it seemed poorly connected. There are no chapters in this book and the narrator rarely pauses for any length of time so most of the book feels like one long run on sentence.
I think the author could have come up with better code names though. 'The Sorcerer' and 'The Wiz'. Seriously?? That's the best you could come up with? I think real names would have made the story easy to follow and give the characters a little more familiarity. At least then the narrator wouldn't have tried to keep saying them with so much efficacious as if they were names from Lord of the Rings.
Most of the book was just boring and gritty stuff. The new recruit 'Training Exercise" was probably the most exciting part of the book, with the least interesting part being the "I want to be your friend! Please open up to me" B/S where one of The Company guys lies and pretends he wants to become friends with some emotionally damaged and unloved Russian woman who happened to have access to Russian secrets.
"Long but Very interesting And you really need to pay attention"
A little bit more action , Linking a few more stores together, considering it was 40 hours the ending was fairly quick,
But still doesn't change my opinion of it be an amazing book enjoyed
More than one all the twists and turns In every little story in a story On the attention to detail
The amazing way he Gave the characters their own accents throughout, And made all the people actually sound different ,
A very interesting book at the same time in history lesson
Well constructed story with interlocking characters working within sub plots
The background behind the history of events many of us lived through
Angleton, for his tenacity.
Yes, the overall length precluded this.
An ideal listen for regular long trips in the car. made the M25 bearable
Had me hooked straight away. An often uncomfortable journey through generations, reflecting true friendship, loyalty, paranoia and ultimately betrayal. One of my favourite books of all time. That's not an easy list to get on! Very well narrated.
"No other story like this "
In this genre no other book compares to it, for its audacity and Complexity and sheer scope. Espionage at its best.. Scott Brick has given a performance nearly equal to the author himself
Fantastic book and fantastic delivery from SB. 40 hours was not enough. I still wanted more when it was done.
"A great ride"
Very good story, far better than our own Le Carre
Any Le Carre or similar
Great consistency over such a long narration
Good book, well worth the time to listen
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