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  • The Company

  • A Novel of the CIA
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,830
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,831

"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).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang on to your Hat

  • By Cynthia on 01-17-03

Interesting book until bias takes over

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-05

I'm not an idealogue that cannot handle challenges to my beliefs, but to listen to this book disparage Ronald Reagan and discount everything he did was a disappointment. Because this book covers so much history it was almost an educational read, but like so many others Littrel takes potshots at Reagan with cliches that have long since been disproven. By the time the book got to the 1980s I was tiring of the plot, anyway. I did listen all the way to the end and found the resolution disappointing.

Not something I'll ever listen to again.

15 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Crystal City

  • Alvin Maker VI
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, M.E. Willis, cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

From the end of the 18th century, Americans traveled west to find new homes and new lands. They brought with them the magics of plain people. It is from these roots of the American dream that award-winning writer Orson Scott Card has crafted what the Charlotte Observer called "a uniquely American fantasy." Using the lore and the folk magic of the men and women who settled a continent, and the beliefs of the tribes who were here before them, Card has created an alternate frontier America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • start with the first book

  • By Sybil on 11-02-12

I love Alvin Maker but don't like this audiobook

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-05

I have been caught up in the Alvin Maker storyline for many years, now, and listened to this story with a combination of frustration and interest. Frustration because the reading is too slow-paced and because Gabrielle de Cuir reads some of the parts and her voice is TRULY annoying, especially at the end where she is reading way too much emotion into the part. (Want some cheese and crackers with that WHINE?!?) All of this is made worse by high compression/low bitrate sound quality of the Audible version.

All together, this is an interesting installment in the life of Alvin Maker, but I don't know that I care for the direction Card is going.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful