Unbelievable story that is absolutely riveting. Much like a good physical book is hard to put down, this audio book was so compelling that It was very hard to pause the recording.
I love history and learning about other people around the world. This book gave me my first insight into Iran from the Iranian perspective. Iran sounds like a fascinating place, and I wish it were safe enough for me to visit. I thought the author was incredibly fair in his treatment of America too. He praised us for what we do well and criticized us where we fell short in our political actions.
I loved the espionage and intrigue in the book. Several times I was on the edge of my seat with fear for Reza and his family. Thrillingly read made more thrilling in that it is a true story!
Did not read the print.
Reza finding his friends in prison and the woman who told him her story of exploitation.
Reza of course. He gives the audience perspective and understanding of his slice of Iranian life. I cringed at the brutality, cried at the injustice and fear the replication
of the ideals of the Iranian government over their people. Reza is a human and heroic man!
I was the one I DID listen to in one sitting.
I am old enough to remember these events from the news. I am old enough to be concerned that the same words that Iatola Komani used to gain election are the same words that US leaders used in 2008 and 2012. I pray we are not headed down the same path. Are we going to repeat this history in our nation or learn from it? You decide.
Intriguing, Suspenseful, Addicting
The story is about "Wally" and how one man tried to make a difference. You can identify with him throughout the story as he comes across as a regular guy who wants to take a stand and do something good. He is courageous and brave even though he doesn't always seem to know it or feel that way. The stories are thrilling, suspenseful and very enlightening.
Richard Allen takes on the accents and speaking styles of the characters and that helps the listener identify the characters and makes the reading more enjoyable. Sometimes the accent fails a little here and there which does take away a little from the story, but overall I liked listening to him.
He put his life on the line to do the right thing.
A very enjoyable book. Highly recommended for those interested in spy or political stories.
I read this book because of a life long interest in Iran. The book did not disappoint. There are vivid descriptions of a childhood in Iran and the ravages that have occurred since. Besides being a memoir and a spy thriller, it is also an indictment against US foreign policy towards Iran, and also the atrocities that the Iranian regime commit in the name of God.
The book makes a good companion piece to Argo as some of the same events are covered in both.
The narrator is passionate and brings the authors words to life. It seems to me that the accent is wrong.
The book makes some claims about the Iranian regime which I have not heard before. I was curious if this book was legit. I found a Washington Post review where the reviewer had taken the pains to get some verification. The reviewer did not verify the details in the book, but was able to confirm that the author was a CIA agent.
On the whole I recommend the book as a good memoir simply told.
The narrator was awful! His "Persian" accent sounded like someone doing a poor impersonation of an African tribesman. He pronounced a lot of things incorrectly and should have at least done some research on how to pronounce the words in Farsi because the text has A LOT of non-English words. He was doing what I did in High School Spanish class and just mumbling things he couldn't pronounce. It was distracting and made it really difficult to understand.
The story itself was wonderful. It gave some really unique context on historical events from someone who was an insider during the first 9-/+ years after the Iranian Revolution. I'm not sure how many "I was a spy" memoirs there are out there but it was interesting to hear the chain of events and the author's justification for his actions as the story unfolded.
He mispronounced almost all of the non-English words that pepper the book and completely stumbled over them. It was also very distracting how he paused before saying any name. He sounded like an answering machine..."Leave a message for (pause) Gary (pause) after the tone."
The story itself was really good. Read the book yourself instead of listening to this knucklehead.
OK, so if you haven't bought this book yet, buy it. Stop reading this right now and go buy it. Why are you still reading this? Why haven't you started listening to this book yet?
One of the best.
When he described the look in the eyes of his friend's father, after his sons and daughter had been imprisoned, tortured, and the daughter executed. It was shocking to find out what happened in those prisons and to hear it from one who had seen it happen to people he had known all his life.
This is a great story from a man who made choices and took risks that most of us will never have to. He chose to betray his country after witnessing horrendous acts of cruelty, risking his own torture and death in the process.
I gave up listening to this book due to the narrator's accent. It's not that he has a bad voice--for a different book, I'd probably really like him. But as an Iranian, it's not "right." And when he fakes an Iranian woman, it's like fingernails on blackboard to me.
The book seems a bit stilted in it's language, and somehow the combination just doesn't do it for me. Too bad, because the subject is interesting. I wish the author success, but I just had to give up on this book.
This man is a real hero. The story is well told and it is utterly amazing.