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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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    John Fremont, CA, USA 03-11-04
    John Fremont, CA, USA 03-11-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent book.. highly recommended"

    If you have an interest in spy novels, you should listen to this book. Yes, its very long. Don't let that scare you. Its very engaging and quite suspenseful at times.

    There are times when you read a book and you enjoy it so much you hate to "leave" the world that the book has created. You want to heard more stories from this rich world that the author has created for you. I felt that way about this book.

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    03-04-04
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    "Thought provoking but long"

    An interesting fictional account of major intelligence events in US history since the end of World War Two, told through the lives of a group of CIA officials. The story telling raises a number of interesting "what-ifs" as to each event (Hungarian revolution, Bay of Pigs, etc.) with the author's thumb generally on the scale in favor of greater US intervention in other countries, or at least more wholehearted where we do intervene. The story drags in places, but is above average for its genre. The actor does a good job with the material, but you end up with the feeling that some of the characters are typecast between the writing and some of the accents.

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    CT 02-29-04
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    "Long but worth the Listen"

    I found the book very entertaining. I would like to think the book is based on real facts, because then the listen would provide important insight into a largely hidden US institution. But it was worth the 30 or so hours in any event in my view.

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    Andre Castellini Brazil 02-26-04
    Andre Castellini Brazil 02-26-04 Listener Since 2002

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    "A key contributor to may marathon preparation"

    Great recap of the cold war period. Great characters, a litte difficult to keep track of all of them in the beginning. This book was a great contributor for taking me through my 1000 miles plus marathon preparation.

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    garyyac New Market, MD United States 02-24-04
    garyyac New Market, MD United States 02-24-04 Member Since 2005

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    "Everything Shines"

    You will not find a better audiobook than The Company. It is so long that one might expect a sprawling, flabby tale. In fact, it feels like not a word is wasted. There seems to be a lot of hunger out there for historical fiction; but, often what passes for it addresses history and context with the depth of a USA Today article. Here is a book whose context is very recent history, but the completeness of the subject matter, and the passion of the historical perspective is very satisfying. One niggle: the pedophile subplot is perhaps a bit gratuitous. Do we need that to disapprove of the actions of a police state? Scott Brick is as fine a reader as there is, and completely up to the material.

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    Donley Sunnyvale, CA, USA 02-08-04
    Donley Sunnyvale, CA, USA 02-08-04
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    "A Great Story"

    This is an engrossing yarn, expertly narrated. Sometimes you find yourself thinking this is non-fiction!

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    Jan Watauga, TN, USA 01-31-04
    Jan Watauga, TN, USA 01-31-04
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    "The company"

    Great book mixed with true facts and a compelling story. Well worth the listening.

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    Eric Montgomery 01-31-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Makes you wish it would keep going."

    I can honestly say that this is DEFINATELY one of the best audiobooks that I've ever listened to. Scott Brick (Narrator) did an absolutely fabulous job of putting you in the charachter's shoes. Although this book is long, you find yourself sitting anxiously through every second of it.

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    Deb 01-30-04
    Deb 01-30-04
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    "The Co,mpany"

    I have to agree with the reviews I read - even though this was 40 hours long it held my attention except for maybe 15 minutes of it. I was sorry for it to be finished!

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    Anna Louisville, KY, USA 01-21-04
    Anna Louisville, KY, USA 01-21-04
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    "Favorite Audible purchase yet!"

    I was at first intimidated by the sheer size of this book but I thought what the heck and got it. I was totally entranced the whole time and I wanted more when I finally did run out of CDs! I was guessing and re-evaluating my expectations of the ending the whole time and was STILL surprised at the end! This book was the bomb!

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