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3.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 5 3.39 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Ignatius Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781400180691
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From a hidden enclave in the maze of Tehran, an Iranian scientist who calls himself "Dr. Ali" sends an encrypted message to the CIA. It falls to Harry Pappas to decide if it's for real. Dr. Ali sends more secrets of the Iranian bomb program to the agency, then panics. He's being followed, but he doesn't know who's onto him, and neither does Pappas. The White House is no help-they're looking for a pretext to attack Tehran. To get his agent out, Pappas turns to a secret British spy team known as "The Increment," whose operatives carry the modern version of the double-O "license to kill." But the real story here is infinitely more complicated than he understands, and to get to the bottom of it he must betray his own country. The Increment is The Spy Who Came in from the Cold set in Iran, with a dose of Graham Greene's The Human Factor to highlight the subtleties of betrayal. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novel shows us Ignatius…working at the top of his powers well within the boundaries of this genre. The result is superb spy fiction.”

    NPR

  • A classic spy thriller with a vengeance, the best work of one of the three or four best workers at this trade. San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Mr. Ignatius is one of those rare writers who understands the gestalt of the intelligence community—gets its culture and its modus vivendi spot on.”

    Washington Times

  • “A page-turner of the highest order.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zhiqing | 2/10/2014

    " I picked out this book because of my inability to stay away from any book that is somehow compared to Le Carre's earlier books, and this time it was The Spy Who Came in From the Cold! Of course this was not of the same caliber of any of Le Carre's earlier novels, in terms of plot and style. Still this is not a bad read. Interesting premises and enough suspense will keep you guessing till the end. The biggest laugh had to be the mention of Thomas Friedman's The World Is Not Flat and how one Iranian in a cafe commented on Friedman being the greatest writer of our times. Three stars for the joke and the laugh! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/9/2014

    " I wanted to make it, I really did, but I've given up. Maybe I'll come back to it one day, I usually like David Ignatius, but I just couldn't force myself to get through this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/3/2014

    " Take a first-rate Clancy special operation, wrap an intricate LeCarre plot around it, and add the Middle Eastern soul that is David Ignatius' trademark and you have this superb espionage tale set in present-day Iran about a most believable nuclear weapons threat. Definitely not George Clooney. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/2/2014

    " A young Iranian scientist sends an email to the CIA wanting to give them information about the regime building nuclear bombs. Soon the Brits are in as well and a Lebanese arms dealer and before long you can't put the book down until you find out who and what is real. Great summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Fritz | 1/23/2014

    " Good Iranian espionage story. Conspiracy theory?....perhaps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/18/2014

    " A finely crafted quintessential spy/espionage novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nishant | 1/15/2014

    " neat little spy thriller. The perfect read on the long ride from DC to India! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Onmrbill | 12/24/2013

    " This is the first book I read of David Ignatius. I immediately became hooked. Now I'm reading Siro. Boy, what a great author. I plan to read all of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 12/22/2013

    " Fun read. Lots of potential; could have been even better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicholas Adcock | 12/5/2013

    " Not as good as "Agents of Innocence" but a solid read nonetheless! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nels | 12/4/2013

    " Meh, somewhat interesting, but not a page-turner. It doesn't make me want to read any of his other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharron | 12/4/2013

    " a disappointment given his previous books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brent | 9/23/2013

    " Not that great. Mr. Ignatius has some really good plot ideas and knows a lot about the world he writes. However, it just does not come off. This is the second book I've read and I think I will take him off my authors to read list. Close but not quite (so many books and so little time). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward | 7/3/2013

    " This was a really good spy novel about Iran. Highly recommend as a light read. Very timely topic as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 7/2/2013

    " Love CIA Spy novels by David Ignatius. Great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 6/9/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed reading. Although a novel, Mr. Ignatius has the insight to craft a story that is frighteningly real. Especially in light of the recent event with the Dr. who was sent to prison for purportedly helping the US with the whereabouts of Bin Laden. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 4/30/2013

    " probably a well crafted story but i was not in amood for irans pursuit of nuclear power. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 4/2/2013

    " Entertaining book, but its kind of freaky reading about Iran and nuclear wepons when there truely is a fear of that today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Kittrell | 2/16/2013

    " Really good thriller. The CIA, Iran and the Brits mix it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Pool | 1/14/2013

    " The character of Harry Pappas carries the novel along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niranjan | 1/12/2013

    " starts off great. kind off loses its touch as it progresses. Ignatius really should have dwell more on the mind of doctor Ali. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 5/18/2012

    " Starts off a little slower than I like, causing me to put it down for a couple days after reading maybe fifteen pages. I picked it up again and am grateful for pushing through because once the story gets going, you can't stop reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 5/1/2012

    " My first spy novel...very interesting book with a look at how the CIA operates. I liked the main character and it is timely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 8/20/2011

    " Another historical account of the CIA and its workings in today's world. This story involves a CIA man and a young Iranian scientist who wants out of Iran. The plan is created, and the reader waits along with the CIA agent to see how it will unfold. Interesting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 6/21/2011

    " Good spy thriller in the genre of Tinker Tailor. Set in modern Iran. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 6/9/2011

    " great depiction of the complexities of Iran. the characters seemed secondary to the plot and the resolution felt somewhat stilted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niranjan | 3/21/2011

    " starts off great. kind off loses its touch as it progresses. Ignatius really should have dwell more on the mind of doctor Ali. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 10/3/2010

    " The character of Harry Pappas carries the novel along. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grmtnbikr | 8/12/2010

    " Overall, somewhat flat on characters, plot, excitement "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mario | 8/9/2010

    " Excellent read. Engaging plot peppered with today's political climate. I recommend it for those who like spy novels with a dose of reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 7/31/2010

    " A young Iranian scientist sends an email to the CIA wanting to give them information about the regime building nuclear bombs. Soon the Brits are in as well and a Lebanese arms dealer and before long you can't put the book down until you find out who and what is real. Great summer read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 2/10/2010

    " It was ok, it just took too long to get going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/13/2010

    " My first spy novel...very interesting book with a look at how the CIA operates. I liked the main character and it is timely. "

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About the Author
Author David Ignatius

David Ignatius, bestselling author of Body of Lies and The Increment and prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.