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Nancy

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  • Dining with al-Qaeda: Three Decades Exploring the Many Worlds of the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Hugh Pope
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    An Oxford-educated scholar of the Middle East and a former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Hugh Pope lived and worked in two dozen countries throughout the region. Following in the footsteps of Sir Richard Burton and Lawrence of Arabia, Hugh Pope's explorations of the people, politics, religion, and culture of Islamic nations shows there is no such thing as a monolithic "Muslim World".

    Nancy says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    The subtitle "Exploring Three Decades...of the Middle East" is misleading in the way it suggests a thoughtful, insightful and analytical chronology of events during this incredible period of Middle Eastern history. Instead, this book is a montage of the author's impressions of this region while he was a foreign news correspondent and mirrors many of the things we already know - the violence, the emerging radicalness of Islam, the treatment of women - and also reflects idiosyncrasies of the author that concern me little - his obsession with writing articles that make the front page of the WSJ and of the lack of veracity of many foreign correspondents' reporting of events, his anti-Isael views, etc. Maddeningly, he frequently digresses during his discourses, going back and forth in time, and this it makes it very difficult to gain a better appreciation of the interconnectedness and progression of events during these thirty years. On the bright side, the narration is very good. In summary, those seeking a smattering of impressions of the Middle East from an English born and boarding school educated foreign news correspondent might find this book entertaining. For those of seeking to better understand the history and events of this period, the book is a disappointment.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John Kiriakou, Michael Ruby
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Long before the waterboarding controversy exploded in the media, one CIA agent had already gone public. In a groundbreaking 2007 interview with ABC News, John Kiriakou called waterboarding torture - but admitted that it probably worked. This book, at once a confessional, an adventure story, and a chronicle of Kiriakou's life in the CIA, stands as an important, eloquent piece of testimony from a committed American patriot.

    Nancy says: "Fascinating Read about the CIA"
    "Fascinating Read about the CIA"
    Overall

    This is a fascinating insider account of the CIA fighting the war on terror. John Kiriakou is a cerebral, if hot-tempered, Greek-American who joins the CIA shortly out of graduate school to be an analyst covering "leadership" issues in Greece and the Middle East. Fluent in Greek and Arabic, he then applies and is accepted as a field operative, where he spends much of his time recruiting foreign sources of critical intelligence. His narrative includes the capture of an important terrorist, the decision by the executive branch of the U.S. government to invade Iraq based on the highly questionable "evidence" relating to weapons of mass destruction and on the development of "enhanced interrogation techniques", such as waterboarding, and how these are rationalized by the government.

    The content of the book was interesting and fast-paced, but the narrator speaks in a rapid, staccato voice with little change in rythym or intonation, and this makes listening tiresome and occasionally difficult to hear.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • July's People

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Nadine Gordimer
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Ganesha says: "Appalling audio quality ruins a wonderful book"
    "Appalling Narration"
    Overall

    The narration and audio quality of this audiobook are so poor that I was incapable of listening to it. It is narrated by a woman with a clipped South African or English accent who speaks very quickly. It was such a strain to understand her that I did not even get through the first chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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