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The Company Audiobook

The Company: A Novel of the CIA

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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)

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    Gadget Girl 11-29-03
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    "Engrossing Story and the Best Narrator Ever!!"

    Although this book is quite long (40 hours), I was so sad when I finished it. I wish it could have lasted another 40! The storyline is engrossing as it weaves historical facts with a truly captivating fictional story. You can't help but get emotionally involved in the lives of the principal characters as you following their lives from 1951 through the 1990's. The narrator Scott Brick is absolutely wonderful!!. He can do a myriad of accents, and can masterfully handle female parts just as well as he handles the male characters. His imitation of Reagan was incredibly accurate - not just the voice, but the whole essence of Reagan's apparent play acting as President. If you want to try one book to decide if audio books are for you, this is the one!!

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    Kim Mars, PA, USA 11-26-03
    Kim Mars, PA, USA 11-26-03
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    "By Far One of My Favorite Alltime Books"

    I thought it would be a waste of money to buy this book because I have absolutely no interest in history. I started the book and within a few hours I was completed intrigued by the characters and the plot. I just finished the book and it was wonderful from start to finish and not a minute to short or to long. I would recommend this book to anyone. I learned more about history in this book than I did during my entire life and find myself asking my husband questions "Did these things really happen". I was actually interested in it. Great book! A must read.

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    Vern Burlington, ON, Canada 11-09-03
    Vern Burlington, ON, Canada 11-09-03
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    "Excellent"

    A really fine book. Very well read. Well worth the time for the unabridged edition

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    Kevin Hornell, NY, USA 10-31-03
    Kevin Hornell, NY, USA 10-31-03
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    "The Company"

    Wow this is a long book, but it was great. Adventure after adventure.In the end BAM he lets you have it!!!!!!!! BUY IT!

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    Mark 10-29-03
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    "Entertaining and Educational"

    I can't believe I listened to a 40 HR book, but The Company was so engrossing and literate that I couldn't wait to listen to the next disk. Not only was this book a joy to "read" but I actually learned something about American and world history. Excellent! I highly recommend!

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    Russell new palestine, IN, USA 10-23-03
    Russell new palestine, IN, USA 10-23-03
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    "Entertaining from start to finish"

    If you are a Tom Clancy or James Bond fan, this is the book for you. The narrater is fantastic. The characters and situations come alive. The cost of the book is well justified by the length of time for the reading. The only problem I have now is to find another novel with the pizazz this one had....not easy!

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    Jeanne N Bethesda, MD, USA 10-06-03
    Jeanne N Bethesda, MD, USA 10-06-03 Member Since 2015
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    An amazing chronicle of the CIA. Even though it is written as a novel, it seems clear that much of this must be based on extensive, exhaustive research. How we ended up on top of the cold war is a miracle if even half is true. The book starts out a little slowly but hold on, it's terrific.

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    Don Richmond, VA United States 10-06-03
    Don Richmond, VA United States 10-06-03 Member Since 2016
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    "Wish it could be longer"

    At 40 plus hours, this audio book has kept me going almost all summer. The narration is great. The mix of historical fact and fiction makes one wonder where one ends and the other starts. It's a shame the CIA hasn't been around for more years. Otherwise we could have a longer book. I enjoyed every minute of it.

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    Guy Seattle, WA, USA 10-05-03
    Guy Seattle, WA, USA 10-05-03 Member Since 2015
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I really enjoyed this LONG spy novel. Watching the characters develop over decades and through several suspensful situation was well done and very convincing.

    Wished it was even LONGER!

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    Luis CartagenaSpain 10-05-03
    Luis CartagenaSpain 10-05-03
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    "Don't be scared"

    I was scared about the length of this audio, so I chose my holidays to download it. Don't be scared: it becames much shorter than most. You will need to listen to it... quickly!

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