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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.

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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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    Amazon Customer San Francisco 04-07-04
    Amazon Customer San Francisco 04-07-04 Listener Since 2002

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    "Long but engaging"

    Though it took me 2 hours to get into the book, the last 40 hours were very engaging.
    It's an interesting story and an especially good value for AudibleListeners. I recommend The Company for super-long trips, like cross-country drives or US to Asia flights.

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    Edmond Glendale, ca United States 04-05-04
    Edmond Glendale, ca United States 04-05-04 Member Since 2002
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    "A must read"

    Being someone from former Soviet Union and one who's had some dealing with the dark side of KGB, I was very impressed with the accuracy of this story. This could have been a real none-fiction book about CIA and KGB. Awesome. I can't wait for his next novel.

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    Katie Hilliard, OH, USA 04-01-04
    Katie Hilliard, OH, USA 04-01-04 Member Since 2014
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    "EXCELLENT"

    A great way to learn about the CIA and expionage in a story format. I had to listen no matter what I was doing...the book kept me on the edge! Great descpiptions and detail on the life of the characters.

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    HackZaw 03-29-04
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    "One of the best I've purchased from Audible"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this work. Even after 40 hours, I wanted more. The inner workings of the CIA were fascinating and often spellbinding. I especially enjoyed the "historical fiction" accounts of famous spies, the Russian invasion of Hugary, the Bay of Pigs, the attempted Castro assasination, andthe JFK/Mafia connection.

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    Awml 03-21-04
    Awml 03-21-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent -- well worth the time!"

    As long as this book is, I almost want more! It kept my attention from the beginning to the end. Total masterpiece! Don't let the length deter you from listening.

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    Linda Commerce Twp, MI, USA 03-19-04
    Linda Commerce Twp, MI, USA 03-19-04
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    "Great for Baby Boomers to Read"

    This book appealed to me because it covers the Cold War for a span of 48 years. It covers the major events of the Cold War accurately, and it introduces 3 characters that are brave, analytical, determined and loyal. The section on the Bay of Pigs is especially interesting, the details were rich. I found myself doing research on the Bay of Pigs era and enjoying the book that much more. It's not kind towards Ronald Reagan's legacy, but the views expressed are things I heard before. If you love history and want to learn more about the Cold War, this book is a good way to do that.

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    Verdae 03-17-04
    Verdae 03-17-04
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    "Great!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very believable story. Great performance by the reader. Well done.

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    wansbrough 03-13-04
    wansbrough 03-13-04 Member Since 2015
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    "the company"

    well worth the marathon. Naration is excellent, unlike so many others.

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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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