The author uses "area 51" as a fulcrum to summarize many of America's clandestine operations during the past 80 years. I take everything like this with a grain of salt--just like I do statements from the U.S. Government about its own "secrets." Nevertheless, this provides thousands of documented "facts" that are woven into known U.S. history in a very intriguing way. This isn't a late-night a.m. radio rant on governments secrets, but a well-researched, well-documented presentation that is probably "on the money" a good deal of the time. But even if there are errors in attributing recently unclassified "secret" documents to exactly where they fit, it is not the author's fault primary, but that of the U.S. Government for keeping vast quantities of documents 'classified.' I considered this well-worth the listen. Regardless of whether you agree with everything, it will contribute to your knowledge base, making you better able to evaluate stories you "hear" about black ops. I give kudos to the author for reading it herself. What little she may lack in comparison to Audible's "best" professional narrators she surely makes up in passion and expert knowledge about the content. I prefer a good reading by an author to an academy award winning reading by an unaffiliated narrator.
I can't tell you, maybe the beginning, middle, or end
your brain will be filled with so much history and factual evidence you will not be able to digest it all. And still, there is so much more than can be known about this area that cannot or will not be revealed to the public. I hope in my lifetime I'm able to hear more about the circumstances around this patch of land and the people that work there and the things they are working on. The author has apparently done a lot of research from people who were there. First hand accounting of events in the past that are mind blowing in many cases. I know of one character in the book that I read later in a NY Times review of the book is of somewhat close relation to the author. He is the one that sent her in the right direction.
I enjoyed this book, it is full of a lot of very interesting information. Reading it while at work I kept finding my self looking up references and doing a little research to get more info on some of the subjects about the military. I was kind of hoping to get more info about aliens, which was a little disappointing, but if you are a military history buff, you will love this book. The last chapter was by far my favorite!!!
This is a fascinating history of our military flight technology. You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to be intrigued with the story of how 'need to know' and 'black ops' came into being.
If your fascinated by this subject this is the best book on Area 51. Very well written and read. I have listened to this book 3 times now. I do alot of driving and this book makes the miles go by fast.
I enjoyed listening to this book. The author does a great job of narration. I found her voice to be perfect for the story. At times, I found myself getting a little confused since she did jump around in her timeline. Even with this, I came away with a sense of awe in what we have accomplished in the development of our spy planes. I had the chance to live on Kadena Air Force base in the early 80's and found the author's information about what went on there fascinating. The book also gives en explanation of the Roswell incident that I had not heard before. Definitely worth the time it takes to listen to.
I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
Annie quotes Occam's Razor theory--that the right theory must be the simplest one--more than once, and I think it needs to applied to her book in the sense that she answers difficult questions with practical depth and sense. I have read reviews that have criticized her for factual errors, such as the speed of an explosion's wave, etc. However, in a book of this magnitude, I do not find fault with technical errors by a non-scientist because the author would have had to been a profound genius to get all the science details correct.But such criticisms seem trivial compared to the gift of practical knowledge she has given us about this mysterious place and what goes on there. Even if it is only a breadcrumb compared to a table, the story she tells, until the last chapter, is logical and satisfying in the holes that it fills. I am impressed with the depth she was able to write about so many concepts, machines, people, and divergence histories. I feel that she has met the requirements of Occam's Razor and satisfied common sense that, if allowed, can put many (but not all) wild theories to rest. I'd give this book five stars for it's skillful writing and excellent performance, it's logical explanations of certain programs and people, it's overview of people and governmental processes and it's general level of satisfaction to me the reader. I did not give it five stars for story and for overall because I have many reasons to doubt the conclusion regarding the Roswell Incident. I do not for minute doubt that human experimentation has and probably is going on, and for this this readers should be grateful to be informed that black ops are terrifyingly lacking in oversight, but too many of us believe in UFO's to accept that her final chapter answers all those questions.But whether you agree with it it 100 percent or not, it is certainly a worthy listen.
I could have used a little more excitement from the narrator's voice.
I think the history was incredible.
For those of who dig this - fantastic.
So I'll put my recommendation strong towards those of us who like this.
I'm not a conspiracy guy, but do find these overbearing attempts at hiding stuff fascinating.
The insight is great.
I admire the some of the ingenuity of research, study, and accomplishment at Area 51. I am greatly disturbed about the secrecy implied concerning the Roswell story and even more disturbed and very angry about the lack of morality in the name of science. How could so few make such decisions about human beings and the environment sacrificed. If this is true, I'm ashamed of my country, concerned for this beautiful earth we have been given to protect and appreciate. How can so few make such dastardly and destructive decisions. The book was hard to follow as it bounced back and forth in time and characters. I think perhaps I would be better off not knowing such things about my country, such evil deeds!!! Thanks to Ms Jacobsen for trying to get at the truth.
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.