• Confessions of an Undercover Agent: Adventures, Close Calls, and the Toll of a Double Life

  • By: Charlie Spillers
  • Narrated by: Aaron Killian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (172 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This true story of an ex-Marine who fought crime as an undercover cop, a narcotics agent, and finally a federal prosecutor spans a decade of crime fighting and narrow escapes. Charlie Spillers dealt with a remarkable variety of career criminals, including heroin traffickers, safecrackers, burglars, auto thieves, and members of Mafia and Mexican drug smuggling operations. In this riveting tale, the author recounts fascinating experiences and the creative methods he used to succeed and survive in a difficult and sometimes extremely dangerous underworld life.

As a young officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department, ex-Marine Charlie Spillers first went undercover to infiltrate criminal groups to gather intelligence.

After Baton Rouge, he joined the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and for the next five years continued working undercover, from the Gulf Coast to Memphis and from New Orleans to Houston. He capped off a unique career by becoming a federal prosecutor and the justice attaché for Iraq.

The book is published by University Press of Mississippi.

©2016 University Press of Mississippi (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

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narrator needs work

the story would have been better if the narrator would have been onto the story himself, it seemed as if he was getting bored reading the story. to me he wasn't a very good narrator. the story was good, but the narrator needs to learn how to keep the listener involved and interested in the story a little more. otherwise the agent had a awesome story, and I commend him for h is bravery and diligence in undercover work.

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Book is fine. Narration is terrible.

This narrator would be great for the news but not for a crime book. His renditions of the criminal voices sound like cartoon characters. One of the lead criminals sounded like Chief Clarence Clancy Wiggum from the Simpsons. Just awful. First book I ever returned.

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Awesome book! Entertaining and Exciting!

Love it!! Keeps you locked in and forced! very interesting stories, seemed like a movie at times.

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Good, but not awesome.

I liked this one. I didn't love the book but I think that it's worth listening to.

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Excellent book, horrible narration.

I read the book and loved it. I purchased this to listen to on my commute. I was highly disappointed in the narration.

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awesome book!

I really love the book and the narrator was awesome. Definitely worth buying. Now off to the next

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Day by Day

The details are scary on what an under cover agent experience. They live day by day. Great True Story.

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Worth listening for sure

Enjoyed story I do recommend listening to it or reading. Being in law enforcement I did find it interesting

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Good story. Bad writing. Awful narration.

The truck is being loaded, he said. Ok, I responded. Right on, Ramon said. That is pretty much it, I would add.

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Just a collection of stories with no character arc

The author could have done far more to show how he developed as a person. He started out as a young, drinking, fighting soldier and ended with "Working undercover changes you a lot, and it very stressful."
Instead of using this as an organizing theme, he just tells autobiographic stories, somewhat chronologically, but after a while, for filler, he adds dozens of anecdotes from other agents that didn't involve him. Those anecdotes spill from the story like beans from a can: No organization, no prioritization, no theme.
I've started listening to The Pretender by Marc Ruskin, and that is clearly a better-told account of working undercover.

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  • peter
  • 03-13-22

Woeful narration

The narrator slaughtered the whole experience.
There was no common theme running through the biopic.
Disjointed collection of personal experience.
A real pity, I persevered just To complete the story

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  • 06-19-19

Not a thriller

Not really high profile undercover work, but still an informative account of a rare occupation.