The Company

  • by Robert Littell
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 41 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Crisis constantly lurks around the corner, monitored by spies who are always with us. In his career-capping thirteenth novel, master of the espionage thriller Robert Littell has crafted a breathtaking story of the legendary CIA - "The Company" to insiders. At its heart lies a spectacular mole hunt involving the CIA, MI6, KGB and Mossad - a stunningly conceived trip down the rabbit hole to the labyrinthine Alice-in-Wonderland world of espionage, "a wood where things have no names." Racing across a landscape spanning the legendary Berlin Base of the 1950s - the front line of the simmering Cold War - the 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, and formidable. It also lays bare the internecine warfare within the company itself, adding another dimension to the spy vs. spy game.


What the Critics Say

"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel, he should have." (Tom Clancy, author of Patriot Games)"If le Carre is the Joyce of spy novelists, Littell is the Dickens." ( Booklist, starred review)"An epic tale...peopled by heroes and villains who seem almost mythological in retrospect...Keeps you riveted to the page." (Nelson DeMille, author of Up Country)"Destined to become the definitive novel about the CIA." ("This mammoth audiobook is a sprawling engrossing fictionalized history of the CIA and Cold War era." ( Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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The Company - Fantastic Read!

Don't be daunted by the length of this book as it breaks nicely into sections/time capsules. I'm usually a fan of crime thrillers but I'll try anything that grabs my attention and then manages to hold it. Littell's style and Scott Brick's performance proved to be a perfect match.

I was first attracted to Robert Littell after watching the TV series Legends on Netflix. My husband and I gulped it down in three evenings. I decided to see what was available by this author on Audible. Seeing the length of the book I was put off but thought what the heck if it doesn't measure up I can return it. I found myself riveted. At several points I went online to see how close the book followed recorded history, especially the Bay of Pigs and the Gorbachev/Yeltsin era. Except for the names of the fictional characters, the book closely followed actual events.

Give this book a try even if it's not you're usual genre. The Company has taken me off into a whole new genre. Can't wait to read more from this author!
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- Rachel

45 hours of engaging espionage..

If you could sum up The Company in three words, what would they be?


What did you like best about this story?

The 'Sasha' thread throughout the book

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The bay of pigs schene

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The 'girlies' scenes throughout the book made me cry.

Any additional comments?

The Company is nothing less than an epic history of the Cold War, the period in which the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics tried to undermine each other without resorting to nuclear weapons.

One reason why Littell’s novel is so effective is the skill with which he blends such historical events as the Cuban Missile Crisis with the lives of his fictional characters. Those invented personalities range from the alcoholic head of America’s Berlin Base, Harvey Torriti, to the pedophile who runs Soviet counterintelligence, the man known only as “Starick.”

What ultimately makes this massive work so enjoyable is the decades-long search by the CIA for the Soviet mole, Sasha

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- Bruce G.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2002
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books