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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,773 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Littell Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2006 ISBN:
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Robert Littell creates a multigenerational, wickedly nostalgic saga of the ClA - The Company to insiders. The fictional and historical characters of Robert Littell's novel reveal much of the nearly 50 years of this complex and powerful organization. At the heart is a mole hunt involving the CIA, M16, KGB, and Mossad, a stunningly conceived trip down the rabbit hole to the labyrinthine Alice-in-Wonderland world of espionage, a world where things have no names.

Racing across a landscape spanning the legendary Berlin Base of the '50s, the front line of the simmering Cold War 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, formidable.

Littell also lays bare the internecine warfare within The Company itself, adding another dimension to the spy vs. spy game. An atmosphere of distrust pits the counter-intelligence agents behind the desks in Washington, like the utterly obsessive real-life mole hunter James Jesus Angleton, against the covert action boys in the field, like The Company's Harvey Torriti, The Sorcerer, a brilliant and brash rules breaker, and his Apprentice, Jack McAuliffe, recruited fresh out of Yale, who learns both tradecraft and the hard truths of life in the field.

As this dazzling anatomy of the CIA unfolds, nothing less than the future is at stake. And the future is often only the day after tomorrow. At once a celebration of a long Cold War well fought and an elegy for the end of an era.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 2/16/2014

    " Very difficult read, too many characters to remember and author switches between the persons name and their code name throughout the book. Got very confusing, not one that I would recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 2/5/2014

    " Awesome book in its scope and depth. One of the few books I have read twice. Read this book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corrie | 1/28/2014

    " This was a fun - albeit very LONG - book revolving around the history of the CIA and its clandestine services around the world. It provides an inside look at large historical events around the globe, shadowing 3 generations of CIA agents, watching as each generation falls into enemy hands. This is the kind of book that leaves you wondering if the entire text is fiction, as it seems as though it could all be real. My only criticism is that the book is just TOO LONG. Coming in close to 900 pages, it makes it really difficult to remember the cameo characters that inevitably get called back into action several hundred pages later to further the plot action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 1/28/2014

    " This is the book that the movie The Good Shepherd was based on, but if you read it looking for Matt Damon's character, he isn't there, nor is much of his story line. At the same time, this is a well-written, good-time. I can't decide if it's Littell's skills with words or my current need for distraction (probably both!), but this was the perfect read for me right now. I told a good friend that I had to keep reminding myself that it's a novel and not a work of non-fiction. I recommend it whole-heartedly (especially in this election-charged time...). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hussein | 1/17/2014

    " A very documented novel!! Interesting and complete novel on the CIA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann M | 1/13/2014

    " Long, sometimes interesting story of involvement in the CIA. More a character study. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erwin | 1/13/2014

    " Remember listening to the audio version of this at my old Oakley office... Working late many nights, once everyone would leave I would just keep working, and listening to this story. Just before I took my first trip to China, learned Chinese, and changed my life forever... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/10/2014

    " Don't let that ridiculous mini-series mislead you. This is a great book. It is a work of historical fiction, taking you through the history of the CIA through the eyes of a fictional character who is surrounded by the real historical figures like James Jesus Angelton. I quite enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Books Inc. in Mountain View | 12/31/2013

    " One of the elite of the spy genre, this multigenerational saga spans the period from 1950s Berlin to Gorbachev. It offers an intriguing glimpse into the lives of operatives, counter-operatives, and their love-hate relationship within and with "the Company" (CIA). An engrossing thriller! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerry Rachar | 12/26/2013

    " I bought this book with the idea it was a factual book of the CIA, not a novel frying to tell this story, maybe the only way the real story can be told. I would have preferred Jason Bourne more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 12/23/2013

    " This is the best spy novel I've read so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivan Malik | 12/23/2013

    " Epic,multi generational tour of Cold War history through eyes of CIA operatives and their KGB adversaries. Highly recommended reading despite its 900+ pages;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wes | 12/19/2013

    " I went into this book expecting it to be like a long, rewarding affair, and it was exactly what was expected. There were many characters to follow from their CIA beginnings (coinciding with the CIA's birth) to their career ends. Lots of different adventures.. and the search for a mole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 8/10/2013

    " I love anything CIA, so this book was enjoyable to read. A little slow going to start, but once all the stories started tying together, it sped along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/7/2013

    " Don't let its imposing length put you off - Littell knows how to keep the action moving and it breaks down nicely into more digestible pieces. Well done and doesn't shy from the inherent tensions in intelligence work and their insolubility. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Strobridge | 3/20/2013

    " Puts the "history" in historical fiction. Shows the CIA starting out as John Le Carre serious and ending in the neighborhood of the Marx brothers- were it not so sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Ochs | 2/9/2013

    " Not bad. I liked how it followed the CIA over a long period of time. It tried for some plot twists but they fell pretty flat with me. I thought it could have been about 75 pages shorter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 7/17/2012

    " this book makes me hate how bad male authors can only deal with female characters as sex objects. The spy stuff is good though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 5/27/2012

    " Very long, but gave insights into the CIA that I wouldn't have known otherwise. Since backed up by such reputable sources as Hollywood films and other novels, so I assume it's all true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 4/23/2012

    " A blend of history and fiction, it tells the entire history of the CIA using a blend of fictional and non-fictional characters, and a fictional story line that is never muddled by Littell's adherence to history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Delatorre | 12/10/2011

    " Awesome book!!!what a great spy novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Swanson | 7/10/2011

    " A sweeping epic of the CIA during the Cold War "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Robinson | 3/17/2011

    " Quite the sprawling pseudo-history of the CIA in fiction form. I don't read a lot of spy novels, so don't have much to compare against, but it was fun to FINALLY find out who the frickin mole was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kate | 3/6/2011

    " A sweeping tour-de-force that covers the founding of the CIA, and two agents whose lives are intertwined. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy | 2/27/2011

    " Have read this book multiple times. Well worth the pages! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/20/2011

    " I like spy thrillers. This is one of the best! So is Littel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paddythemic | 1/28/2011

    " more literary than clancy, more pop than lecarre. probably better than both!

    this is the spy author to read... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 1/27/2011

    " Audiobook (cassettes)

    The audiobook that would not end. It became an endurance test.
    40 years of espionage, but just the same story over and over and over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philipp | 1/13/2011

    " Ein recht guter historischer Thriller, nicht zu vielschichtig, zu amerikanophil, aber gut lesbar zieht das Buch durch die 2. Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 12/22/2010

    " Awesome book. One of the most entertaining books I have ever read. I will definitely read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoffrey | 12/7/2010

    " another favorite book - this was great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 11/24/2010

    " Very difficult read, too many characters to remember and author switches between the persons name and their code name throughout the book. Got very confusing, not one that I would recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 7/25/2010

    " A Magnificent documentary from the origins of the OSS thru modern-day CIA and other Intelligence agencies. And in a strange but functional quirk, Littell manages to interweave element of Alice in Wonderland into it. At first it is awkward, but once you get used to it, it is brilliant. "

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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.