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The Company: A Novel of the CIA | [Robert Littell]

The Company: A Novel of the CIA

"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).
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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.

©2002 Robert Littell; (P)2002 New Millennium Audio, All Rights Reserved

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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    ED DRIEDGER 03-12-05
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    "Not for listening to in a car"

    Unfortunately, the reader's volume goes softer and louder to a degree that is beyond the comfortable decibel range in a car. If I turn the volume up so I can understand the quiet words, then the louder words are painful to listen to. After about 40 minutes, we gave up. Do not have a clue what the novel is about.

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Tustin3rdWardMember 06-03-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Profanity Galore"

    I do not recommend this to anybody who is not completely desensitized to profanity. Perhaps when read, it is easier to skim over the dense population of explitives contained in this book. However, when listening to an audio book, they hit with full offensive force. While the story line showed promise, it wasn't engaging enough to convince me to continue to subject myself to the barrage. No story line is that good.

    26 of 123 people found this review helpful
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    dd Pyong-Yang, WA USA 11-19-03
    dd Pyong-Yang, WA USA 11-19-03 Member Since 2001

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    "Are you guys out of your collective minds???"

    This book was awefull! It was so predictable, so full of propaganda. Don't waste your time. A better title would be '800 pages of semi-useable scrap paper'. The US won the cold war, it was the right side and all that, but having won does not mean that our sh&t smells any better than the former communists'. This book was like a hit parade of propaganda (from all three sides actually, if you count israel) strung together between the big events in the life of the CIA of the past few years. Who published this thing ?

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    09-29-08
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    "The Best Audiobook I Ever Heard"

    I listened to this for the first time 5-1/2 years ago, and I am on my knees thanking god that enough time has passed that I can listen to it again.? I have heard many, many excellent books over the years, but "The Company" remains the best.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Waikoloa, HI, USA 02-17-08
    Doug Waikoloa, HI, USA 02-17-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Insanely Booring"

    Do not waste your time or money on this go nowhere documentary that really isn't a documentary. I am a fan of CIA books and this one never got good ...ever!

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    Garry Crossville, TN, United States 08-31-07
    Garry Crossville, TN, United States 08-31-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Disrespectful"

    This is a good book up until the author goes needlessly out of his way to mistreat President Reagan. He has the good sense not to attempt any rehabilitation of Jimmy Carter, and for the most part ignores his presidency, but to write a 40+ hour book about The United States winning the cold war and attempt to make Ronald Reagan out to be a buffoon, to me, speaks this of the author. I do not recommend this book and the author’s other titles have been removed from my wish list.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jace russia, OH, USA 05-22-08
    Jace russia, OH, USA 05-22-08 Member Since 2008
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    Not very good at all. Hard to follow and had no excitement. Very boring and even longer to get through it. DO NOT WASTE YOUR CREDITS.

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    Mark Weymouth, MA, USA 09-23-03
    Mark Weymouth, MA, USA 09-23-03
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    "Disappointed in it's portrayal of Democracy"

    I realize this is a work of fiction, but the author portrays the CIA and American Government as a bunch of bumbling idiots that can't get anything right. The author's obvious slant towards Liberalism and Anti-Amercanism is disheartening. Maybe he should consider moving to Cuba.

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    kk 08-03-09
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    "The Company"

    I couldn't even finish part 1 of 6, made it to chapter three before I gave up. The narrator was difficult to follow, this was the first time I ever was disappointed in an Audio Book.

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    Jody Granbury, TX, USA 12-11-07
    Jody Granbury, TX, USA 12-11-07
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    GREAT

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