Body of Lies

  • by David Ignatius
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission: to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman". Ferris' plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: he prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks. This scheme binds friend and foe in a web of extraordinary subtlety and complexity, and when it begins to unravel, Ferris finds himself flying blind into a hurricane. His only hope is the urbane head of Jordan's intelligence service - a man who might be an Arab version of John le Carre's celebrated spy, George Smiley. But can Ferris trust him?

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What the Critics Say

"Vividly rendered locales, clever plotting, some compelling characters, and a discomforting verisimilitude." (Booklist)
"Displaying his trademark expertise and writing skill, Washington Post columnist Ignatius...has crafted one of the best post-9/11 spy thrillers yet." (Publishers Weekly)

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A Matter of Perspective

I have been reading many negative comments about Dick Hill as a narrator and one reviewer even said that if the book had been read by Scott Brick it would have been better. Personally I avoid books read by Scott Brick. To me he is to audible books what William Shatner is to acting. On the contrary, Dick Hill is one of my favorite readers. I became accustom to his voice with many of the Harry Bosch novels by Michael Conneley. In my opinion he was a definite plus for this book.

That said, I also rate the book four stars on it's own merits. It was interesting, believable and action packed. A good spy novel if you like that genre. I highly recommend it
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- Douglas J. Owen

Body of Lies

The narrator is difficult to understand. He has a tendency to make the first letter of some words silent. Ferris becomes 'erris, etc. This also happens frequently to the second syllables to words that the narrator is trying to emphasize, but is actually obscuring them. I wish I had known how difficult it would be to listen to this book with this narrator before I bought the audio. Offering this for future listeners - maybe this is a book that needs to be read.
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- Jana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-16-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio