The Informant

  • by Kurt Eichenwald
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 24 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It was one of the FBI's biggest secrets: a senior executive with America's most politically powerful corporation, Archer Daniels Midland, had become a confidential government witness, secretly recording a vast criminal conspiracy spanning five continents. Mark Whitacre, the promising golden boy of ADM, had put his career and family at risk to wear a wire and deceive his friends and colleagues. Using Whitacre and a small team of agents to tap into the secrets at ADM, the FBI discovered the company's scheme to steal millions of dollars from its own customers.But as the FBI and federal prosecutors closed in on ADM, using stakeouts, wiretaps, and secret recordings of illegal meetings around the world, they suddenly found that everything was not all that it appeared. At the same time Whitacre was cooperating with the Feds while playing the role of loyal company man, he had his own agenda he kept hidden from everyone around him: his wife, his lawyer, even the FBI agents who had come to trust him with the case they had put their careers on the line for. Whitacre became sucked into his own world of James Bond antics, imperiling the criminal case and creating a web of deceit that left the FBI and prosecutors uncertain where the lies stopped and the truth began.A page-turning real-life thriller that features deadpan FBI agents, crooked executives, idealistic lawyers, and shady witnesses with an addiction to intrigue, The Informant tells an important and compelling story of power and betrayal in America.

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What the Critics Say

"Eichenwald's punchy prose...keeps a listener's attention to the end." (AudioFile)

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Great Story

If you've seen the Family Guy episode where Stewie keeps saying "cool hwip" then you'll understand what the narrator does for the whole twenty something hours of this audiobook.

That, however, is the only thing I didn't like about it. It's an interesting and sometimes funny saga that had me struggling to get my head around the fact that this book is non-fiction. There are so many lies and twists that seem so unbelievable at times but if you don't let that frustrate you then you should enjoy the story.
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- Phil

Truth is stranger than fiction

I found this book fascinating. It's a true story based on Mark Whitacre who was a whistle-blower on a huge corporation's price-fixing scheme in the 1990's. The only hitch was that Whitacre turned out to be a wee-bit bonkers. He had trouble staying grounded to reality as he lied, double-dealed and embezzled his way into millions of dollars and lots of legal troubles. Yet, Whitacre remains strangely sympathetic as a smart guy who got in over his head and went off the rails. Fun stuff! It's one of those books that are so fun that you don't want it to end.
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- Cathleen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-22-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape