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The Company Audiobook

The Company: A Novel of the CIA

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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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    Sean Bovenzi 09-24-04 Listener Since 2002
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    "Must Hear"

    By FAR the most entertaining recording I've heard.

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    B. Connelly 09-15-04
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    "Simply Stunning"

    This book got me in trouble. I would find myself sitting in my car, my parked car, listning to this story, and waiting for a good place to stop only to find my wife knocking on the car window asking what I was doing and why I had been sitting in my car for 20 minutes. This book spans the cold war fusing fiction and history flawlessly. One does not have to suspend ones belief, you have to remind yourself its "fiction". While I'm no expert the book seems to accuratly portray the role of the spy and the CIA during the cold war. The characters are rich and multifaucited. I also loved the ever expanding cast and the exploration of how this career effects the family life of the spies. If you are a fan of audio this is an awesome book with not only a riviting story but excellent delivery by the reader. Listen to The Company and take a trip Through the Looking Glass into the world of espionage.

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    Wolfgang DormagenGermany 09-02-04
    Wolfgang DormagenGermany 09-02-04 Member Since 2010
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    "entertaining spy novel"

    Some reviewers called it predictibale, but we all know what happened in Cuba, Berlin, Hungary etc ... But Littell manages to spin a good and interesting yarn around it, interesting character in a net of intrigue and mis-trust. You sometimes ask yourself how much is fiction and how much is the extract of some real spy stories. Scott Brick does an excellent job as the narrator, acting the different characters and bringing them to life.

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    AdamReviews 08-25-04
    AdamReviews 08-25-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Suprisingly engageing"

    This is a good value. It is more like a series of books rather than one. It encompasses the story of the CIA from the cold war to the present. But you have to like spy stories and politics in order to really enjoy it. The narrator is good and as a whole it did a good job holding my attention without confusing me.

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    Nancy 08-21-04
    Nancy 08-21-04
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    "disappointing"

    hackneyed prose, predictable plot. I prefer Le Carre, Len Deighton and Eric Ambler.

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    Glen Phipps Delray Beach, FL USA 08-19-04
    Glen Phipps Delray Beach, FL USA 08-19-04 Member Since 2002

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    "History as suspense"

    I enjoyed the storytelling, and I especially enjoyed listening to a history of the CIA. I learned a bit and listened to a ripping good yarn in the process.

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    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 08-12-04
    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 08-12-04
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    "Ehhh..."

    It was okay. I really like long books, and this one certainly fits the bill, but I think it might have been better were it condensed by a third. The subject matter was interesting enough, but every single event was pounded into the ground, and then stomped on. Okay, okay, the Bay of Pigs was tough, Jack was brave, I get it! It just got tiresome.

    Adding insult to injury, the reader (Scott Brick, one of my very favorites, and one of the reasons I chose this title), sounded like so much like Side-Show Bob as to be distracting.

    A few weeks after finishing this book, there are no characters that I miss, no fond memories of great scenes, nothing that stands out as memorable for me. Clearly I am in the minority; I hope that you will like this book better than I did.

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    Stephen Brian Austin 08-10-04 Member Since 2017
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    "Littell is a potty mouth"

    If you like lots of "f" words and taking the name of diety in vain, you will like this book. I was very frustrated that I had to quit listening to what promised to be a great novel due to the never ending stream of foul and offensive language. I was surprised, because I had loved The Once and Future Spy, which had very little such language.

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    EJH 08-09-04
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    "A tour de force."

    Excellent book. Excellent Read. Captures the human drama and intrique of the cold war. However, I agree with the reader who opines that the negative portrayal of Reagan brings into question the credibility of the book. Still, as a work of fiction it is worth a listen.

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    John Sandy Springs, GA, United States 07-29-04
    John Sandy Springs, GA, United States 07-29-04 Member Since 2017
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    "Histoical Novel or Political Hype??"

    I was enthralled with "The Company" until Littell decided to unload on President Reagan. Up until then the novel was very interesting and intriguing but the complete hammering of the Reagan Presidency made me question how much, if any, of the novel was actually historical or just another fictional work. Don't get me wrong, entertaining it is but factual, if at all......who knows? I would suggest spending $60+ somewhere else.

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