To be fair, Area 51 is my passion. I heard two minutes of this book and stopped listening because I already know more than she does and it was a waste of a credit. I have read several other articles such as her article on the TSA, etc. where she excels.
When it comes to Area 51 and the whole black ops subject, she should have known early in her research that she does not have the time or contacts necessary to tell this story. If you saw the “National Geo Channel” special on Area 51you don’t have to read or listen to this book because she wonders off into too much world history and gets off focus. And, the “National Geo” special was just a rehash of old stuff with some new pictures and brief glimpses from the newly declassified material which she uses quite a bit in her book.
I give her credit for attacking this subject but I have been reading and listening to interviews of retired and ex-employees from and about Area 51 for 5 years now and the story is a huge, multifaceted, highly classified topic and we will never know even one fifth of the story. One of the clues that you have found a dependable and accurate supplier of information is if he or she uses, knows of or refers to the term “UFO fever” regarding a witness or speaker on the subject. Once someone on the inside gets it you can't trust their answers.
If you are just becoming interested in the subject then use the internet and be very selective who you trust there. I finally have about three people I trust after all these years. If you do not become obsessed about the subject you will never get to the level deep enough to find the beginnings of the truth.
My mother has a picture of the moment she "got" cancer. An adolescent, standing on the beach of a Pacific island, she watched a cloud rise on the horizon and the ocean raise one wave before going still...for an hour. It was Bingo...the hydrogen bomb that spit an isotope found in Lymphoma patients exposed to radiation.
There were points of detail in this book that touched on that. There were moments I was so angry I damn near threw my tablet against the wall.
To be honest, I could care less about the "UFO" conspiracies. I was fascinated by the early history of Area 51 and the decisions made by so few that altered so many. That part of the story is well supported and well documented, presented and displayed like a tumor in our Nation's history.
Painful to hear, good to know.
Such a fantastic book! Everything is unbelieveable! I just can't stop getting more info about it! I've wanted to know about this very subject even as a kid growing up! If you want to know more about this uncensored history than this is the book for you! Every single detail is spectacular! Awesome!
This book is very interesting. If you want an idea of how dark our Government can be, then you need to listen to this. It gives a great history of Area 51 and keeps you intrigued with all the information. Definitely a buy.
Well written, well read - I highly recomend Area 51 .... -- I learned so much about things I had not idea that took place even though I consider myself well read on such topics. The things I learned made me angry and I would like to shout out - How do we get this secret stuff stopped. I was shocked to learn that even the president is denied information on many secret goings on and this should not be. I think there should be new strong and agressive policies that change the way we do business. Thank you Annie! Well done
I first heard an interview on NPR and was intrigued. My first comment is on the author's narration of the book. She speaks in a clear voice but I find myself nodding off because her voice is so soothing. I have not completed the book and am not sure that I will. It is not at all what I expected. I am about half-way through and have yet to have one moment that made me sit up in my seat. "Uncensored"? I feel like she give too much background information on some of her sources, it feels like filler.
I've listened to about a half hour so far. I have to say that the information provided is compelling. My problem is that I have a hard time focusing on Annie Jacobsen's voice. It seems to go on an on without any kind of emotion, it makes the story sound long-winded and honestly boring. It actually reminds me of Ilyana Kadushin narration (from Twilight series). Snore. I wish i could return the audiobook and get a paper copy.