Though I usually enjoy audio books. A High Price was excellent despite being marred by a dull reader.
The Looming Tower also deals with US efforts to prevent the horrific attack on the World Trade Center and how, despite good intentions, intelligence failed.
The reader's voice was flat, like a high school student forced to read a history book. Audible should find better readers to do books like this justice. .
Byman describes a strike that had gone wrong because of faulty intelligence. Despite efforts to eliminate civilian deaths, innocent people were killed. A heartbreaking event.
A High Price is a carefully balanced study of counterterrorism in Israel--what worked and what did not. The book begins with a harrowing story of a bus bombing and the extraordinary efforts that Israelis undertook to prevent future attacks. Some measures worked well and became legendary, Entebbe, for example. Others failed and the author does not spare the details. The lessons learned from this carefully nuanced study are important for democracies fighting their own terrorist threat--the US after The World Trade Center bombing and more recently, Copley Square.
Unfortunately, the reader selected to narrate this book detracts from the pleasure of listening.
Not if the same reader read the story.
I would recommend that they read the book rather than listen to it. The accent sounded like a mixture of German and Russian with a hint of Scandinavia.
No accent would have been far better than the fake one projected by the reader.
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