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
"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)
They never offered the ability to return back when I got this one or it would not be in my library now. I like spy novels, Bourne, Jack Ryan, etc but while those do have some gratuitous language and violence this one goes beyond my ability to listen.
This is so long spanning 50 years, loses you everywhere. No plot, no point. Garbage, waste of 40 hours if you choose to stick it through.
boring, no plot, thinks he is a historian
First of all, this book might have been a lot better if it was narrated by someone else. Someone with a little more emotion who didn't try to make everyone sound Russian. Being better at female voices wouldn't hurt either.
I was looking for a long book to listen to and being a fan of Tom Clancy novels I thought this might be an interesting book. I hate to say it, but I thought this book was rather lame. The overall story wasn't too bad, but it seemed poorly connected. There are no chapters in this book and the narrator rarely pauses for any length of time so most of the book feels like one long run on sentence.
I think the author could have come up with better code names though. 'The Sorcerer' and 'The Wiz'. Seriously?? That's the best you could come up with? I think real names would have made the story easy to follow and give the characters a little more familiarity. At least then the narrator wouldn't have tried to keep saying them with so much efficacious as if they were names from Lord of the Rings.
Most of the book was just boring and gritty stuff. The new recruit 'Training Exercise" was probably the most exciting part of the book, with the least interesting part being the "I want to be your friend! Please open up to me" B/S where one of The Company guys lies and pretends he wants to become friends with some emotionally damaged and unloved Russian woman who happened to have access to Russian secrets.
Maybe - but be prepared to skip chunks of it
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...
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.
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.
"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
Fantastic book and fantastic delivery from SB. 40 hours was not enough. I still wanted more when it was done.
"A great ride"
Very good story, far better than our own Le Carre
Any Le Carre or similar
Great consistency over such a long narration
Good book, well worth the time to listen
"Long but Very interesting And you really need to pay attention"
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
More than one all the twists and turns In every little story in a story On the attention to detail
The amazing way he Gave the characters their own accents throughout, And made all the people actually sound different ,
A very interesting book at the same time in history lesson
One of the best books I've listened to in quite a while. Factual backbone with fictional characters in the leading roles and enough believable embellishments to add spice to the story. Very good.
Well constructed story with interlocking characters working within sub plots
The background behind the history of events many of us lived through
Angleton, for his tenacity.
Yes, the overall length precluded this.
An ideal listen for regular long trips in the car. made the M25 bearable
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