The Triple Agent: The Al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA

Joby Warrick, read by Sunil Malhotra. Random House Audio, unabridged, six CDs, 7 hrs., $35 ISBN 978-0-307-87812-0

In December 2009, members of al-Qaeda infiltrated the CIA’s Forward Operating Base Chapman in Afghanistan and succeeded in killing seven agency operatives. Warrick explores the events surrounding this infamous suicide bombing and analyzes American intelligence failures leading up to the attack. With clear, smooth narration that is never histrionic, Sunil Malhotra complements both the author’s approach and his style. Malhotra’s pronunciation of Middle Eastern names—as well as his transition between English and regional languages—is consistently flawless. He creates an impressive range of distinct voices and regional accents for the book’s characters. And his energetic narration not only captures the tension of suspenseful scenes but maintains listener attention during moments of exposition and analysis. A Doubleday hardcover. (July)