The story is one of gentle underground activity in Nazi-run France and most of the action is quiet, subtle and plausible. But the deeds get done! No streets full of gun fights. No long descriptions of torture. Clever disguises and the use of people believing what they see rather than asking could this be real, and then it is too late.
The Man Who Never Was
Gentle and creative reading. No unnecessary drama.
A different twist on too many second world war undercover stories.
The audio version offers a sense of directness and authenticity by hearing Dan's voice narrate his own story and views about the growth and evolution of news coverage in his life as well as his emotional reaction to the events he witnessed and reported. The chapter on 9/11 is especially moving.
I enjoyed the frankness and direct approach taken when dealing with personally moving events he witnessed first hand or when he had to tackle the CBS brass.
Dan Rather has read news for many years and he does it very well - especially when he has scripted it himself. It just rings true, which I am sure it is.
No. The book is best heard chapter by chapter to allow the listener to digest each stage in Dan's saga. I did want to soar ahead but forced myself to reflect.
There are moments of preaching but these are forgiven as they stem from a deeply felt desire to maintain a sense of news reported by and for people who care about truth in news and reject the predigested news we see so often.
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