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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick McDonell Narrator: Nick Cordero Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781449837747
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Nick McDonell found instant acclaim for his first novel, Twelve, which he wrote at age 17. Here McDonell pens a fascinating thriller that Publishers Weekly likens to “le Carré’s better works.” American intelligence agent Mike Teak recently graduated from Harvard. His first assignment involves delivering supplies to Somalian freedom fighter Hatashil. But moments after the exchange, Hatashil’s camp is destroyed, and Mike starts to suspect he was a pawn all along. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • An Expensive Education ingeniously combines elements of a le Carré or Grahame Greene–like international thriller with a campus novel set at Harvard.”

    New York Times

  • An Expensive Education is terrific, a thriller noir that’s difficult to put down or forget. A–”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Smart and sexy…An Expensive Education blends a terse story of international intrigue with a biting satire of Harvard.”

    Washington Post

  • “McDonell evokes the clandestine machinations of the US military and the thrusting students and weary academics at harvard with a heady versimilitude. Quoting Graham Greene in his epigraph, the author evokes the skills of the master, with a story that sticks in the mind.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “McDonell’s third novel…introduces a spy who could easily have walked off the pages of le Carré’s better works…Teak is the most attractive fictional spy in quite some time.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In the tradition of Greene and le Carré…McDonell writes about hot topics with a cool head, and his riveting novel should fuel an emotional response.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “McDonell’s dark, relentlessly readable latest swings back and forth between Harvard and Africa, and in both cases the education is indeed expensive.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 2/12/2011

    " pretty one-dimensional intrigue about ivy league universities, foreign policy, and africal. blah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 9/14/2010

    " Not The Ugly American, but a pretty good modern story of CIA operative recruitment from the Ivys and operations in Africa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 8/21/2010

    " also found this on some newspaper's best of 2009 list. political, espionage, harvard.... it was ok, but i did not feel much for any of the characters and knew what the ending had to be very early on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 8/16/2010

    " Between 2 and 3 stars, but since I tend to like things that touch on Africa, I'll give it 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 7/13/2010

    " Kids and faculty at Harvard, in Cambridge and abroad, involved in under-the-radar intrigue, written by someone who seems to know. It's a good read, with some amusing observations and character sketches and a fast-moving story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judith | 7/8/2010

    " A spy story involving professors and students from Harvard set in Boston and various third world countries. Interesting but not compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/13/2010

    " Not since Twilight have I felt guilty for liking a book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 alexandra | 6/4/2010

    " I really liked the plot of this book, but found it hard to stay interested due to the short, choppy chapters. The author of Twelve found an interesting way of tying in the Ivy League experience with international relations and espionage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 5/15/2010

    " Interesting sentance structure, but to global for my little brain, and I am still not sure how it ended "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/16/2010

    " Nice style. I hear he is going for non-fiction next.
    He has a talent for the political spy novel...and hopefully he'll keep writing and mature into a really great writer. Quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis | 1/15/2010

    " An Expensive Education is a mixture of college (Harvard), spies and Africa. The tie between the people involved was very interesting. I found it moved fast and was just the right length. I'll look for more of this author's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jjrofsky | 1/12/2010

    " Another terrific book by young writer, Nick McDonell. This one is about a Harvard grad turned spy. Thick plot with lots of twists and turns and interesting characters. "

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About the Author
Author Nick McDonell

Nick McDonell is an American writer. He attended the Buckley School in New York City, the Riverdale Country School, and graduated from Harvard College in January 2007. He wrote the novel Twelve in 2002, at age 17. The subject of the novel is disaffection, despair, drug use and violence among a group of wealthy Manhattan teenagers during Christmas break. The publication of McDonell’s novel at such a young age was the subject of many articles in high-profile publications such The New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly.

About the Narrator

Nick Cordero is a stage, television, and voice actor. He has starred in numerous regional and Broadway plays, most notably in the five-time Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages. Also an accomplished narrator, he has read novels by Jodi Picoult, Walter Dean Myers, and Nick McDonell.