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The Company Audiobook

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.

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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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    M.W. SW USA 09-27-03
    M.W. SW USA 09-27-03 Member Since 2009
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    "Good, but too long."

    Unlike some of the other reviewers, I did lose interest toward the end. I felt like a more logical place to end would be with the identity of the spy Sasha, but instead the book went much longer. It was a good listen, but following them all to the old age home was a bit much.

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    Mike Calvo Florida 09-16-03
    Mike Calvo Florida 09-16-03 Member Since 2010
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    "I can only say wow!"

    This book is a MUST READ. As others have stated I really didn't know when the fiction began and actual events ended. This is one of the greatest books I have ever read and I have read heard hundreds of books. I found myself waking up in the middle of the night just to keep reading because I didn't want to wait for the next day. I wish the book could have gone on. You really get in to the minds and lives of the people and as I got to the end of the book I found myself to be quite sad that my trip in their lives was almost at an end. READ THIS BOOK YOU'LL LOVE IT!!!! I DID!!!!!!

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    Brian San Francisco, CA, USA 09-10-03
    Brian San Francisco, CA, USA 09-10-03 Member Since 2016
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    This was the best! It is why I listen to books. Fast paced, historically relevant ... something to look forward to when time permits. I found myself sitting in my car after getting to work, wanting to find out what the next twist would be. Recommended without hesitation. Brian

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    Avery Rougemont, NC, United States 09-09-03
    Avery Rougemont, NC, United States 09-09-03 Member Since 2013
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    "Addicting, engaging, and wonderfully read."

    An epic adventure that will have you speaking in Russian accents to your friends and wondering if the pizza delivery guy works for the KGB. Expect tears and laughter, angst and rage, pity, admiration, and disgust. Scott Brick, the narrator, demonstrates that a great story can be made even better by his flawless and inspired performance. 40 hours and 43 min flew by in the wink of an eye.

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    William Anaheim, CA, USA 09-06-03
    William Anaheim, CA, USA 09-06-03
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    "Brilliant"

    Much of the structure of the story is true. How little the American Public really knew about our spies and their masters. The book creates an interesting tale from otherwise dreary facts. There are real people in this book, their names mentioned in the news without the background provided by this book.

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    Kindle Customer 09-05-03 Listener Since 2002
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    "Captivating story, very well read"

    Few books could hold my attention for 40 hours. The author has written a captivating story, following characters through 50 years of world events, with an excellent balance of human interest. It is one of the best audio books I have heard. The reader's accents portray the personality of the characters, without distractions. His cadence and emphasis are excellent. This is one you will keep in your library to listen to again.

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    Dorothy A. Stern 08-18-03 Member Since 2002
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    Excellent spy novel. Thoroughly enjoyable and easy to follow.

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    Rahul Cranbury, IL, USA 08-12-03
    Rahul Cranbury, IL, USA 08-12-03
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    "Increases the Joy of Driving"

    The best part of comuting to work is that I get to listen to this book. The book is gripping from page 1 to the end. The discriptions of operations sounds real. It did not impress me much as the way 2 important personals of this story were eliminated. But other then that this is a must listen.

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    Izzy Thornhill, Ontario, Canada 08-05-03
    Izzy Thornhill, Ontario, Canada 08-05-03 Member Since 2007
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    "Another GREAT audible presentation"

    Intriguing story, interesting characters and phenomenal historic perspective. Captivating plot kept me riveted to the player to the point where my family was screaming for me to take the headphones off. It was interesting to follow the story with respect to the history of the cold war since the world war two. As usual the narrator makes the story come to life.

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    Dan Davie, FL, USA 07-31-03
    Dan Davie, FL, USA 07-31-03
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    "One of the best titles I have ever listened to!"

    This is quite a long book covering a lot of the CIA's past yet brings the reader right up to date. It is full of fascinating twists and turns, and is narrated exceedingly well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it. I also found it to be very educational, from a geopolitical perspective.

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