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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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    "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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rich A. Falls Church, VA 07-20-04
    Rich A. Falls Church, VA 07-20-04 Member Since 2005
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    "Winds of War / War and Remembrance"

    A great book. A Winds of War / War and Remembrance for the Cold War.

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    James Grapevine, TX, United States 07-18-04
    James Grapevine, TX, United States 07-18-04
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    "I'm on my second full 40 hours...it's that good!"

    I enjoyed The Company so much that I am listening to it again...all 40 odd hours of it. There are parts that brought tears to my eyes, parts that made me laugh out loud, and parts that had me on the edge of my seat. What more can you ask for?

    Occasionally I got sidetracked with Littell's literary gimmicks (a Tom Swifty sneaked into one passage, I noted parenthetically) causing me to have to replay a section after regaining my composure, but it read like a play or movie, with all the accents and attitudes of the various characters, not to mention suspense and plot twists galore.

    I loved having front row seats for the Bay of Pigs as well as the fall of the Soviet Union.

    Scott Brick is the very best reader in audio books and with this material he presents an engrossing one-man show!

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    Elizabeth raleigh, NC, USA 05-17-04
    Elizabeth raleigh, NC, USA 05-17-04 Member Since 2011
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    "Scott Brick makes any book great!"

    Anything with Scott Brick reading it is a joy on the ears! Frank Muller and Scott Brick - If they read it you can't go wrong!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer San Francisco 04-07-04
    Amazon Customer San Francisco 04-07-04 Listener Since 2002

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    "Long but engaging"

    Though it took me 2 hours to get into the book, the last 40 hours were very engaging.
    It's an interesting story and an especially good value for AudibleListeners. I recommend The Company for super-long trips, like cross-country drives or US to Asia flights.

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    Edmond Glendale, ca United States 04-05-04
    Edmond Glendale, ca United States 04-05-04 Member Since 2002
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    "A must read"

    Being someone from former Soviet Union and one who's had some dealing with the dark side of KGB, I was very impressed with the accuracy of this story. This could have been a real none-fiction book about CIA and KGB. Awesome. I can't wait for his next novel.

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    Katie Hilliard, OH, USA 04-01-04
    Katie Hilliard, OH, USA 04-01-04 Member Since 2014
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    "EXCELLENT"

    A great way to learn about the CIA and expionage in a story format. I had to listen no matter what I was doing...the book kept me on the edge! Great descpiptions and detail on the life of the characters.

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    HackZaw 03-29-04
    HackZaw 03-29-04
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    "One of the best I've purchased from Audible"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this work. Even after 40 hours, I wanted more. The inner workings of the CIA were fascinating and often spellbinding. I especially enjoyed the "historical fiction" accounts of famous spies, the Russian invasion of Hugary, the Bay of Pigs, the attempted Castro assasination, andthe JFK/Mafia connection.

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