The inside story from a moderate who pretended to be a fanatic, inside the revolutionary guard. A very tense story, my stomach in knots most of the time. Highly recommended! The reader speaks very slow, had to listen at 1.5 to 2 times speed.
The book took forever to get to the storyline. It seems as if the author was paid by the word instead of the content as it took almost 4 hours before he addresses even considering talking with the CIA. He discusses so many irrelevant parts of his life, such as when his friends were playing outside and got in trouble as young boys.
When he actually gets into his spy days, it's rather an interesting point of view and actually picked up a little. But, for a 12hr book, there was about 3 hours of content. Don't waste your time or money on this book.
His voice fit the story. Not distracting at all.
Thank you Reza Kahlili for your important work.
When you hear about problems, wars and supression in the east, it's never the story about Iran and the Iranian people. So this is indeed a very important story to tell and it underlines just how hard it is to live in a land full of injustice towards it's people.
Thought I knew more then most abut the middle east. Iran however, appears to be a different animal they any other country. The story was great as well as the performance. Must read if you love good stories.
Makes you think about how other countries, especially those with different ideologies, function. This story has been embellished, no doubt, but if even half of it is true, this book bears consideration by every person with the freedom to read it.
The author provides first hand insight into the wide range of political views within Iran both before and after the revolution. His perspective of Western influence in the Middle East presents an eye opening picture of appeasement and arms deals. Covering a period of 50 years, you are presented with the contrast of the Reign of Shaw versus the radical Islamic Regime under the Ayatollahs. Proving that any form of government that allows for concentration of power in any form leads to corruption and a willingness to keep that power at any price.
Extraordinarily well produced, and a stirring story reminding one to keep perspective and wary of unintended consequences from political and religious movements.
One of the most memorable moments was when his wife expressed her hatred and disgust for the job he held with the Revolutionary Guards. The emotions that Reza had were powerful and well conveyed.