Title: Confessions of a Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames
Author: Pete Earley
Read By: Edward Holland
Audiobook Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Number of MP3s: 15
Total Duration: 15:11:27
Total MP3 Size: 418.95
Encoded At: CBR 64 kbit/s 44100 Hz Mono
From Library Journal
Ames was a top CIA officer with a great deal of knowledge about U.S.
spies in the Soviet Union when he was arrested for espionage in 1994.
Because of his treachery, a number of spies for the agency were arrested
and several killed. Earley (Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker
Spy Ring, LJ 11/15/88) spent 50 hours interviewing Ames and talked with
his KGB handlers and the CIA mole hunters who tracked him down. The
result is a thoroughly researched, detailed account of Ames's secret
activities and the U.S. counterintelligence team's frustrating but ultimately
successful investigative efforts. The narrative is interspersed with
quotations from people involved in the case or lengthy statements by
Ames, some of which are very self-serving. Why did Ames do it? Greed
and personal insecurity seem to be good answers. This is interesting
and fast reading, but it needs an index. Recommended.?Daniel Blewett,
Loyola Univ. Lib., Chicago
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The author of Family of Spies draws on interviews with KGB spy Aldrich
Ames and the agents who caught him to offer a thorough account of the
man and the unprecedented damage he did to the CIA. 80,000 first printing.
Double agent Aldrich Ames fed the KGB sensitive information for many
years, resulting in the death of many U.S. agents in Russia. By way
of rare and invaluable interviews, Pete Earley has formulated the most
accurate and detailed summary of the events that led to Ames's arrest.
Edward Holland painstakingly guides the listener through the complicated
web of Ames's life, from his early experiences in Burma with his double
agent/professor father to his ultimate arrest. Holland's grandfatherly
narration of Ames's transcendence from wide-eyed schoolboy to frustrated
and self-justifying double agent almost convinces the listener that
Earley was simply sick and tired of participating in a world of bureaucratic
incompetence and hypocrisy. This sympathetic interpretation depicts
a man who lost the meaning and purpose of his work and, ultimately,
his direction in life. B.J.P. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This
text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.