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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.

©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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    Rick Homestead, FL, United States 06-17-07
    Rick Homestead, FL, United States 06-17-07 Member Since 2004
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    What a gripping novel, excellent is all I can say. Long but well worth it

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    Michael North Babylon, NY, USA 01-26-05
    Michael North Babylon, NY, USA 01-26-05
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    at times wordy but as you listen you'll see its important

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    Scott Arroyo Grande, CA, USA 08-11-04
    Scott Arroyo Grande, CA, USA 08-11-04 Member Since 2003
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    "I sat in the driveway for 20 minutes"

    Riveting plotlines, well written and exceptionally read. I have sat in my car listening prior to appointments and in my driveway at home waiting for the next twist. I love this one. I'm nearing the end of the title and plan on searching out this reader for some more. Good one, this. Fires on all cylinders.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Lee 03-03-04
    T. Lee 03-03-04 Listener Since 2003
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    "Is this a Russian Novel?"

    Because it certainly felt like one. I enjoyed the premise of the book, but couldn't get into it. After investing several hours in the book, I discovered that the characters were still being developed. Most of them have code names, making it very difficult to follow scenes. In addition to name confusion, multiple story lines are happening concurrently. Ahhh! I'm sure it's a great book as the ratings have been phenominal. Too frustrating to listen to. Be prepared to focus! Felt too much like studying to me.

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    "Too predictable"

    Good book but very few surprises

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    Mark Pflugerville, TX, USA 05-05-04
    Mark Pflugerville, TX, USA 05-05-04 Member Since 2003
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    "What A Waste"

    Few narrators can ruin a good novel better than Scott Brick can. Brick has absolutely no range of character voices and to hear his condescending, angry tone for 40 hours is more than I can bear. Why authors of great books like Up Country and The Company allow him to read their works is beyond me.

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    mamasunset California Central Coast 04-21-10
    mamasunset California Central Coast 04-21-10
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    "A Great Book Poorly Read"

    I cannot add anything new to the many 5-star reviews already published here. As a huge fan of audio books, I must comment, however, on the unbearably horrible reading by the usually-terrific Scott Brick. What happened, Mr. Brick? Was it all just too long for you? I realize that only a student of the Russian language could be expected to wade through the tongue-twists of Russian pronunciation. That you couldn't handle "Lomonosov," "Novodevichy," or "Peredlkino" is both understandable and forgivable. But your ridiculous "daka" for "dacha" over and over and over again is simply mystifying. Wasn't there anyone to set you straight? Here's an offer you can't refuse: next time you need to read some Russian, get in touch with me and I will give you a 15-minute briefing FOR FREE! Hoping to hear from you one day.--MamaLana

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ED DRIEDGER 03-12-05
    ED DRIEDGER 03-12-05 Member Since 2004
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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.

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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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