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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (746 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Baer, Dayna Baer Narrator: Robert Baer, Dayna Baer, Richard McGonagle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9780307878496
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Robert Baer was known inside the CIA as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East. But if his career was all that a spy might aspire to, his personal life was a brutal illustration of everything a spy is asked to sacrifice.

Dayna Williamson thought of herself as just an ordinary California girl. But she was always looking to get closer to the edge. When she joined the CIA, she was initially tasked with Agency background checks, but she quickly distinguished herself as someone who could thrive in the field. Tapped to serve in some of the world’s most dangerous places, she discovered an inner strength and resourcefulness she’d never known—but she also came to see that the spy life exacts a heavy toll.

When Bob and Dayna met on a mission in Sarajevo, it wasn’t love at first sight. But there was something there, a spark. And as the danger escalated and their affection for each other grew, they realized it was time to leave “the Company,” to somehow rediscover the people they’d once been. As worldly as they both were, the couple didn’t realize at first that turning in their Agency ID cards would not be enough to put their covert past behind. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • "[A] bloody, suspenseful story of love and deceit. Mens Journal

  • The Company We Keep is a breezy, often fascinating account of this CIA romance, with tradecraft details and war stories thrown in to make it catnip for any fan of espionage fiction...That the Baers coaxed a happy ending out of all this is not the least remarkable part of their appealing story, and hats off to them. The Washington Post
  • Engrossing…filled with juicy, personal on-the-job details…[an] exhilarating tale of geopolitical love and peril... More
  • The Company We Keep is the best true-life spy story I've ever read…You'll find yourself rooting for these two vagabond spies, and you won't want their exciting and moving story to end. David Ignatius, New York Times bestselling author of Body of Lies
  • "Funny, frightening, ironic, and deeply moving, this is an utterly engrossing thrill ride through the hall of mirrors that is modern espionage…A wonderful book. Richard North Patterson, New York Times bestselling author of Degree of Guilt and In the Name of Honor
  • "Provides a spot-on and compelling portrait of real life inside the CIA; the periods of boredom and frustration loudly punctuated by fast-moving and sometimes frightening, sometimes amusing intelligence operations.  Bob and Dayna Baer are the real deal and they beautifully capture the murky world they lived and worked in for years. Valerie Plame Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Fair Game
  • “Propulsive momentum…the authors give a good sense of the improvisational nature of the CIA…Both Baers write affectingly of their experiences. Kirkus Reviews
  • A revelation…[shows] how spies operate in the field, the personal costs they pay for the exceptional lives they live, and the way fate can deliver up redemption…I loved this book. Barry Eisler, New York Times bestselling author of Rain Fall and Fault Line
  • "An emotionally candid memoir of a life few could imagine, juggling terrorists and dictators with all too real family dramas…describes how two accomplished spies trained in shooting for the heart, improbably found their own. Jane Mayer, National Book Award Finalist for The Dark Side
  • "After 20 years as the CIA's best and most adventurous spy, Bob Baer has established himself as America's go-to writer on espionage and the Middle East in the age of 9/11. Now he and his wife Dayna have added a heart-stopping new chapter, revealing how a couple caught up in the dark world of CIA intrigue try to balance romance and gunplay while building a relationship on the jagged edge of undercover work…The Company We Keepwill make you ask, who needs Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? James Risen, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of State of War
  • "A cross between John Le Carre and Erich Segal…Told with flair, intelligence and emotion – and often diary-like detail. Leslie Stahl, CBS News
  • Extraordinary…shows the Baers’ ultimate triumph over the isolation inherent in their professions and the banality of bureaucracy worldwide. Lindsay Moran, author of Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy
  • "Will illuminate the dark world of intelligence gathering that very few people ever see. It's filled with ground truth, tradecraft and operational details...You will not be disappointed. Fred Burton, VP Intelligence, STRATFOR, and author of Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent
  • "A cross between voyeurism and adventure, this book takes us through the emotional, poignant, and often dangerous lives of two CIA operatives: the fear, the violence, the requisite suspicion, and the tenuous friendships…It’s especially intriguing to follow a woman into dark corners, thrilling missions, and psychologically difficult moments. Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad
  • "Vivid and revealing…a look inside the real CIA. David Wise, author of Spy

  • “A breezy, often fascinating account of this CIA romance.”

    Washington Post

  • “Propulsive momentum…The authors give a good sense of the improvisational nature of the CIA…Both Baers write affectingly of their experiences.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “An engaging narrative that should appeal to readers of spy-themed literature, factual or fictional.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camilla | 2/12/2014

    " I thought spies were only in James Bond movies till I read this book. Their lives read like a movie and it's only when you read about the losses in their personal lives that it hits home they are real people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kylee | 2/8/2014

    " i lovvvvvvvvvvvvvve backdoor diplomacy. and dal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Weeks | 2/4/2014

    " Each chapter was a vignette about their time in the CIA. It was interesting to learn more about what the CIA does. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lou | 1/31/2014

    " Although it took some time to finish, (kept putting it down in favor of fiction titles), I enjoyed this part-memoir, part-travelogue, part-espionage thriller. There were sections that read like James Bond. I appreciated the additional background and information this account provided on the Bosnian situation in the 90s. "

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

    " This book does give some insights to the lives of a CIA operative, but that aspect is limited particularly when it is acknowledged that the CIA has reviewed the book to assure that classified info is not revealed {you know, the interesting stuff}. To my surprise, the value of the book lies in its revealing the tragedies and triumphs of this couples personal lives which are profoundly effected by constantly living on the edge of reality, or lack of reality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorraine | 1/19/2014

    " Book was okay. Like to break up fiction with true stories. Not enough cohesive connection between stories. Will try see no evil. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Baker | 1/18/2014

    " A really interesting book, but it dragged towards the end and it was a chore to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma K. | 1/17/2014

    " Another book club book. OK, but it's not actually the page turner that the cover claims it to be (never judge a book by its cover...oops). An interesting insight into the boredom of a CIA operative, which eventually spins down into an adoption story (?) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/12/2014

    " This book gives you some idea of what life is like in the CIA. I'm sure a lot of it is watered down. Also, the writing is not the best. On the whole, it was an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 1/7/2014

    " This account of how two CIA operating officers met, married and began settling into life after the CIA treats the dissolution of each of their first marriages rather offhandedly, but does make the point that the only path to true relationships is to settle in and work on maintaining them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 11/30/2013

    " Entertaining insight into how the CIA works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen B | 11/21/2013

    " I would not have read this book if it hadn't been a monthly read for the Book Hoarders Anonymous podcast, but I ended up really liking it. It was a fairly quick read for me and very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Em | 7/31/2013

    " This book got 5 stars, not because it was deep or life-changing, but because it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doyle | 6/10/2013

    " This a dual memoir with a very happy ending. In all honesty, it does show the value and operational uses (other than honey traps) of female operatives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 12/25/2012

    " As a spy book I give it a one star. But it's a decent biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larissa Wowk | 5/2/2012

    " interesting look into the lives of real CIA agents "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin Statz | 4/26/2012

    " it was only ok. nothing spectacular. i feel like there are better books out there about the CIA "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 3/30/2012

    " This real-life CIA tale should appeal to anyone who enjoys good spy fiction. "Syriana" was based on one of Robert Baer's books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin Keef | 12/8/2011

    " I truly enjoyef the peek into the real lives of two CIA operatives. The glimpses imclufe the mundane, humorous and exciting. I learned a lot and lived a little, if only vicariously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/1/2011

    " I found this book to be a surprising page-turner (nook screen-tapper?). You get the sense that being a CIA agent is comprised of long stretches of waiting punctuated with high drama. And it takes a toll on the family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Epic.rdr | 6/5/2011

    " I truly enjoyef the peek into the real lives of two CIA operatives. The glimpses imclufe the mundane, humorous and exciting. I learned a lot and lived a little, if only vicariously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 5/30/2011

    " This book was a birthday present from my wife. I enjoyed it very much. It was an easy read. I learned quite a bit of culture, geography, and history in between the telling of tales--a good book. Thank you Ciarra.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 5/24/2011

    " Really 2.5 stars. The CIA stuff is interesting, but the personal story never connects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/22/2011

    " very interesting story of ex-CIA agents all over the world.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/4/2011

    " A really interesting book, but it dragged towards the end and it was a chore to finish. "

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About the Author

Robert Baer is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Sleeping with the Devil, about the Saudi royal family and its relationship with the United States, and See No Evil, which recounts Baer’s years as a top CIA operative. See No Evil was the basis for the acclaimed film Syriana, which earned George Clooney an Oscar for his portrayal of Baer. Baer writes regularly for Time.com and has contributed to Vanity Fair, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Middle East.

About the Narrators

Dayna Baer before leaving the CIA to settle down with her husband Robert, was an accomplished intelligence operative.

Richard McGonagle is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an experienced film, television, and voice-over actor. He has appeared in such films as Rules of Engagement and such television shows as The Practice and JAG.