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The Amateur Audiobook

The Amateur: A Novel of Revenge

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Publisher's Summary

In a world of professionals, Charlie Heller is the Amateur, and he's at the center of a chillingly engrossing tale of espionage and intrigue, written by master-of-the-genre Robert Littell.

In this "first-rate thriller" (Chicago Tribune), Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the Company. He's a quiet man with a quiet job in a back office. But when terrorists shoot his fiancee in cold blood and Heller learns that the Agency has decided not to pursue those responsible, his life takes an abrupt turn. He was not a blackmailer but he will force the CIA's hand. He was not an assassin but he will penetrate the Iron Curtain with the intent to kill. Driven by an obsessive need for revenge, targeted for elimination by the CIA itself, Heller is an amateur with a one-in-a-million chance of success.

With last year's publication of his New York Times best seller The Company, Robert Littell reestablished his position as one of our top writers of intelligent, ironic, and always entertaining espionage thrillers. After many years The Amateur, a cult classic among aficionados, is finally available in audio.

©1981 Robert Littell; (P)2003 New Millenium Audio, All Rights Reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Superb...real terror...a hall-of-mirrors showdown...plus last-minute twists...Littell is in top form." (Kirkus)
"A taut, chilling plot and a protagonist as memorable as one of Len Deighton's, or le Carre's George Smiley." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 02-15-06
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 02-15-06 Member Since 2012
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    "just average"

    I would hardly call this book "a fast paced thriller". At times, the book was downright boring. Perhaps it is one of those books that would actually be better to read, not listen to. Scott Brick is excellent, but even he needs a little more to work with than this ho hum novel. I'm sorry I wasted the book credit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Lethbridge, AB 06-09-05
    Barbara Lethbridge, AB 06-09-05 Member Since 2013
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    "A great listen!"

    I enjoyed this book thoroughly, as I did "The Company". Littell has the consistent ability to make his characters come alive and includes some interesting development of a few of the characters found in "The Company". I particularly enjoyed the very last line of this book - it made me laugh out loud. The narration by Scott Brick was, as usual, exceptional.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah shallotte, NC, United States 06-03-06
    Deborah shallotte, NC, United States 06-03-06 Member Since 2008
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    "Please, another voice"

    This is probably heresy, but I'm tired of hearing books read by Scott Brick. I guess because I buy this genre a lot, the majority of books I have are read by him. I'm not sure this book was only three stars because of the writing, or because I get Scott Brick confused with all the other characters he's been in other books. I just listened to Solomon vs. Lord and the person who read that would be great in this genre.

    Anyway, I'm having an extremely hard time finishing this book and I'm kind of tired of hearing Brick use a New York Jewish accent to suffice for Czech, Polish, Russian characters.

    I love Joe Montegna and Len Cariou... let's have more of them too.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Marius Cape Town, South Africa 01-30-08
    Marius Cape Town, South Africa 01-30-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Amateur night"

    A reasonably good Cold War spy story, in the “ripping yarn” tradition yarn. Definitely enjoyable, but marred somewhat by having more holes than a machine-gunned Swiss Cheese. Scott Brick is excellent as a narrator, as usual.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 06-24-05
    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 06-24-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Quick read. Highly recommended."

    This was a fantastic download. Narrated by Scott Brick. Great story, quick and gripping. Really held my attention. Five stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maxi San Diego, CA 06-21-05
    Maxi San Diego, CA 06-21-05 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    This was a great book! My mind was constantly racing trying to figure out each twist. In the end the book came together wonderfully.

    Scott Brick's narration is the best I've heard.

    A must read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bodvar 03-28-07
    Bodvar 03-28-07 Member Since 2008
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    "Intriguing paths."

    This is an interesting view of intrigue, loss, cynicism, romance, and finding the way back from the dead -to a new life.
    My recomendations.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel EUGENE, OREGON, United States 01-20-17
    Daniel EUGENE, OREGON, United States 01-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A classic dilemma reminiscent of Tom Clanncy in strategy with the strategy of the Pink Pather with a dose of John LeCarre Twist"

    A classic ending with an O'Henry Twist and Suspense and intrigue of Tom Clancy or John Le'Carre
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    Jill 11-16-16
    Jill 11-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fast-paced Edge-of-your-seat Spy Novel"

    I finished this book in two days. It is a well-constructed amazing tale of revenge, love, espionage. I love Robert Littell novels and Scott Brick is an amazing story teller. The Company is another must!

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    Andrew P 09-13-16
    Andrew P 09-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Littel Writing Not "The Company""

    It is an interesting book. I like that revenge is satisfied. Though, the intricacies of "The Company" are wholly different then what happens in the Amateur. I do not think that is reason, not to read it, but to better set your expectations.

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