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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,578 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Weiner Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For over sixty years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America’s confidence.

Legacy of Ashes is based on more than fifty thousand documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA. Everything is on the record. There are no anonymous sources, no blind quotations. With shocking revelations that will make headlines, Tim Weiner gets at the truth and tells how the CIA’s failures have profoundly jeopardized our national security.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For an important book like this one, it’s important for an audiobook narrator to have a certain gravitas, and Rudnicki has plenty…Rudnicki is one of the best narrators in the business and he’s in top form here—Legacy of Ashes is one of the best audiobooks of the year.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Deeply researched…Impressively studied…Provides new insights and details.”

    New York Times

  • “The best…ever written on a case of espionage.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “The epigrammatic style, hard edge and caustic bite of a first-rate detective novel.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Tough, fair-minded…Exceptional in the annals of spy literature for not citing a single anonymous source.”


  • “[An] absorbing study…Weiner musters extensive archival research and interviews with top-ranking insiders…to present the agency’s saga as an exercise in trying to change the world without bothering to understand it…The result is a credible and damning indictment of American intelligence policy.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Narrator Stefan Rudnicki’s attention to the many quotes enhances the text…His comfort with many languages strengthens the continuity of the production.”


  • “Similar to first-rate fiction, which is generally driven by narrative thrust and strong characters, good nonfiction usually has a unique and identifiable tone. It’s the audiobook narrator’s job to suss out that tone, and to locate its counterpart in his own vocal repertoire. I found Tim Weiner’s tone to be one of profound authority tempered with a delicious sardonic edge. It made the book great fun to read.”

    Stefan Rudnicki, narrator

  • A 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
  • A 2007 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • Winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Nonfiction
  • A 2007 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2007 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tina Pulcifur Kingston | 2/19/2014

    " Wow, things I'd never imagine about the CIA, how it came to be and things we "might" have done. Great book to read. Kept my attention well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mikey Seamans | 2/15/2014

    " If you ever wanted to know here it is, sort of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Levi | 1/26/2014

    " This is quite an eye opener. A definite read for anyone studying modern history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Djnoll | 1/20/2014

    " This book will scare the bejeezus about of you. Essentially, this book chronicles all the blunders, coverups, miscalculations, lies, deception, organizational mismanagement, and incompetence during the CIA's early history and how many of the flaws of its operations have survived through to today. "

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