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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.
©2008 David Ignatius; (P)2009 Tantor
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"A thinking person's thriller with a timely take on recent international politics." ---Kirkus Starred Review
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By D. Sevener on 08-29-12

Good story, awful narration

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Ignatius does a very credible job of crafting and telling his story, with characters who are believable and who matter. But the narration of this book detracted from the story rather than enhancing it. His attempt to alter his voice for different characters, while appreciated from a more skilled narrator, here was annoying, very off-key. And his voice was tuned to hyper-dramatic, which was irritating enough as his default persona, but was even worse in that he made even scene-setting or background explaining narrative sound breathless and urgent. Like an actor trying to perform stage directions.

The story is worth reading, but in this instance, not worth listening to.

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By Mick on 11-19-12

Slow and boring

This is a predictable crime / espionage pot boiler made almost unbearable by a narrator who must be getting paid by the hour.
I downloaded it to my ipod and listened to it at double speed. Like this, it sounded normal.
David Ignatious's other books, particularly Blood Money is a much better experience

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Youngstuts on 06-24-13

Really enjoyable and exciting audiobook

I really enjoy books by David Ignatius and The Increment is brought to life very well by the narrator Dick Hill.

The book is about a disillusioned Iranian nuclear scientist who wants to spill the beans on the Iranian nuclear programme and the CIA agent who has to use SIS resources to deal with the matter. No more to say in case I spoil the plot for you.

I recommend this book.

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By Paul on 10-13-12

Truly awful narration

I'm trying to be fair, I want to read this book. The subject matter is something I find very intriguing. Or rather, I did.

The problem with this audio book is nothing to do with the story itself. The problem, unsurmountably for me, is one of narration.

The artist used to read this sounds depressed and uninteresting. Believe me, it is contagious. After 2 hours I simply could not concentrate. He has no character, no depth or variation in accents.

Sorry Audible, in all the years I have been with you I think this is only the second book that I feel I have wasted a credit on.

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