• The Amateur

  • A Novel of Revenge
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-24-03
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (644 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a world of professionals, Charlie Heller is the Amateur, and he's at the center of a chillingly engrossing tale of espionage and intrigue, written by master-of-the-genre Robert Littell. In this "first-rate thriller" (Chicago Tribune), Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the Company. He's a quiet man with a quiet job in a back office. But when terrorists shoot his fiancee in cold blood and Heller learns that the Agency has decided not to pursue those responsible, his life takes an abrupt turn. He was not a blackmailer but he will force the CIA's hand. He was not an assassin but he will penetrate the Iron Curtain with the intent to kill. Driven by an obsessive need for revenge, targeted for elimination by the CIA itself, Heller is an amateur with a one-in-a-million chance of success.
With last year's publication of his New York Times best seller The Company, Robert Littell reestablished his position as one of our top writers of intelligent, ironic, and always entertaining espionage thrillers. After many years The Amateur, a cult classic among aficionados, is finally available in audio.
©1981 Robert Littell (P)2003 New Millenium Audio, All Rights Reserved.
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Critic Reviews

"Superb...real terror...a hall-of-mirrors showdown...plus last-minute twists...Littell is in top form." (Kirkus)
"A taut, chilling plot and a protagonist as memorable as one of Len Deighton's, or le Carre's George Smiley." (The New York Times Book Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Pamela on 02-22-04

Robert Littell is no amateur

If you enjoyed The Company, you'll love The Amateur. Both books are well-written and excellently narrated. Shorter than The Company, but long enough for hours of entertainment.

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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By HackZaw on 03-29-04

More CIA from Littell

Not quite as good as "The Company" but excellent nevertheless. Great ending. Wished it were longer.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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