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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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    W. Phelps Palo Alto, CA United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2014

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe - but be prepared to skip chunks of it


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    Wow, look at all the 5 star reviews! It was an interesting read (listen) but I completely agree with the reviewer that say it's too long. Many times during this one I kept shouting "get on with it!". When it does get going again it's great, and it's fun how the author wove actual events into the tale, but man it does drag one endlessly over details we don't really need to know...

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    John Beavercreek, OH, United States 09-08-12
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    "So incredibly long with so little action!!"

    I bought this book because so many of the reviews seemed to say it was almost life changing it was so good. It was only life changing in that it made for some background noise in my car. It is so incredibly long with far too much minutia of detail that adds nothing. There are a few gripping parts that make you want to keep on listening but they are so sparse that its just not worth it. I'm 21h into the book and giving up. It would probably have been a great book in an abridged form, but as is, it is just simply far too long to keep my attention and I am moving on. On the upside, the performance of it is very good.

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    This is a 3 part book agonizingly stretched into 8......if you aren't in a coma now...you will be after this.....zzzzzzzz.

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    Ron Fox Island, WA, United States 07-15-08
    Ron Fox Island, WA, United States 07-15-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome book, highly recommend!!"

    I really have nothing to say but "awesome", I loved this book from beginning to end. Highly recommend.......

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    Rick Homestead, FL, United States 06-17-07
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    "Incredible"

    What a gripping novel, excellent is all I can say. Long but well worth it

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    "excelant book"

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    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.

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    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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  • Carl
    8/27/14
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    "Long but Very interesting And you really need to pay attention"
    What would have made The Company better?

    A little bit more action , Linking a few more stores together, considering it was 40 hours the ending was fairly quick,
    But still doesn't change my opinion of it be an amazing book enjoyed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Company?

    More than one all the twists and turns In every little story in a story On the attention to detail


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    The amazing way he Gave the characters their own accents throughout, And made all the people actually sound different ,


    Any additional comments?

    A very interesting book at the same time in history lesson

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian C Dando
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    "Gripping."

    Had me hooked straight away. An often uncomfortable journey through generations, reflecting true friendship, loyalty, paranoia and ultimately betrayal. One of my favourite books of all time. That's not an easy list to get on! Very well narrated.

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  • Che
    2/8/15
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    "No other story like this "

    In this genre no other book compares to it, for its audacity and Complexity and sheer scope. Espionage at its best.. Scott Brick has given a performance nearly equal to the author himself

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  • Kevin
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    "Exceptional"

    Fantastic book and fantastic delivery from SB. 40 hours was not enough. I still wanted more when it was done.

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  • Daniel
    12/16/14
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    "A great ride"
    What made the experience of listening to The Company the most enjoyable?

    Very good story, far better than our own Le Carre


    What other book might you compare The Company to, and why?

    Any Le Carre or similar


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great consistency over such a long narration


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, well worth the time to listen

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