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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (311 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Littell Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2003 ISBN:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/14/2014

    " I enjoyed this very much. A true spy novel, but considerably shorter than "The Company". This is the second Littell book I've read, and I'm impressed. I'd like to be able to say that the story was a bit far fetched or hard to believe in a few places, but that's what made it fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 1/8/2014

    " I thought this was a very amateurish attempt at a spy novel. Struggled to finish it. As one other reviewer said "shot with more holes than swiss cheese". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 12/21/2013

    " This is a good story that is marred a bit by the changes in technology since it was written in 1981. Fans of Robert Ludlum will like this. Lots of twists and turns, especially since you do not always know who the good guys are. Moves fast and suspensefully though the characters are rather dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 12/7/2013

    " Nice spy thriller with a revenge twist. Reminded me of Three Days of the Condor. A CIA analyst goes out into the field to do a little wet work of his own. A fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gena | 11/16/2013

    " My favorite Littell book to date -- great fun from a spy standpoint and a little somen' for literature lovers as well; can't say more don't want to spoil it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/6/2013

    " "The Amateur" was not as good as "The Company," but I'll read more Robert Littell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kavita Khanna | 3/15/2013

    " Fast paced thriller- good mix of physical and cerebral surprises. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris Green | 2/25/2013

    " I thought this was a little weak by Littell's standards. Hard to believe the story was written by the same author as The Company and Legends. The characters were difficult to attach to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddie | 2/19/2013

    " Listened on my iPod. An earlier work from Littell. Interesting and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/5/2012

    " Super spy story - great read based during the Cold War, but readers who enjoy Alex Berensen or other modern day stories with an undercover operative, would enjoy this one too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 11/4/2012

    " good. liked the resourcefulness of main character. ..."if he was a pro he would have failed." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna (Girl Who Reads) | 10/31/2012

    " It's been a while since I read a good espionage novel. There just something about a good cold war era spy novel and The Amateur definitely is one. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 5/24/2012

    " This book was a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Diamantes | 8/15/2011

    " This was a well-written, fast-paced story of revenge. I was able to root for the protagonist without reservation. Good plot, believable characters, good dialog and an interesting setting. This would have been a good beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Hatcher | 3/7/2011

    " It was a light read. Entertaining and funny. I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/18/2011

    " Super spy story - great read based during the Cold War, but readers who enjoy Alex Berensen or other modern day stories with an undercover operative, would enjoy this one too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 11/22/2010

    " Audiobook (iPhone download)

    Probably a very good thriller in its day but defintely a little dated now. The references to phone booths and Ford Pintos were a bit jarring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/5/2010

    " It was a light read. Entertaining and funny. I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddie | 3/3/2010

    " Listened on my iPod. An earlier work from Littell. Interesting and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie (Kwiltreader) | 11/25/2009

    " Charlie Heller--ace cryptographer for the CIA. Fiancee Sarah Diamond is murdered by terrorists during takeover of American Embassy in West Germany (1970’s--behind the Iron Curtain. He proceeds to track down the terrorists. Good spy novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 9/29/2009

    " This is a good story that is marred a bit by the changes in technology since it was written in 1981. Fans of Robert Ludlum will like this. Lots of twists and turns, especially since you do not always know who the good guys are. Moves fast and suspensefully though the characters are rather dry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 7/9/2009

    " good. liked the resourcefulness of main character. ..."if he was a pro he would have failed." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marius | 5/18/2009

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/16/2008

    " "The Amateur" was not as good as "The Company," but I'll read more Robert Littell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gena | 1/28/2008

    " My favorite Littell book to date -- great fun from a spy standpoint and a little somen' for literature lovers as well; can't say more don't want to spoil it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 1/20/2008

    " This book was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 1/7/2008

    " I thought this was a little weak by Littell's standards. Hard to believe the story was written by the same author as The Company and Legends. The characters were difficult to attach to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/29/2007

    " I enjoyed this very much. A true spy novel, but considerably shorter than "The Company". This is the second Littell book I've read, and I'm impressed. I'd like to be able to say that the story was a bit far fetched or hard to believe in a few places, but that's what made it fun. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Littell

Robert Littell’s novels include the New York Times bestseller The Company and many others. A former Newsweek journalist, he makes his home in France.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.