Living in the UK for the past few years, I had not heard Anne Garrel nor NPR during the recent conflict (to correct another review - this is actually about the "second" Gulf War). It was highly informative to hear her very profressional reporting, but what makes this a "must listen" is her husband's moving, and often humorous, updates on Anne.
There is a fantastic chapter where she dutifully reports the horrors of civilian casualties in a Baghdad market place, providing insightful analysis of the contradictory reports being given to her by grieving, angry Iraqis. What her husband reveals later on, is the emotional bludgeoning an event like this has on a passive observer like a journalist. The tearful phone call he describes as receiving helps colour her actual experience for you, beyond the satellite phone report she filed with Morning Edition.
Not only did this high quality writing/reporting compel me from chapter to chapter, but it helped me better understand the continuing conflict in Iraq. I can't recommend this strongly enough.
I listened for a couple of hours, but it seemed to go nowhere. My wife - a fan of the print versin - encouraged me to push on. I was very glad that I did, as once over a rather dry first act, it starts pulling along with it's own momentum. The final chapters are as exciting, and clever as any I have read in science fiction.
And 5 stars for Bruce Cambell! Of the couple dozen titles I have listened to, he is one of the best narrators I have come across.
Great ideas, good enough story, and excellent narrator. It would be 5 stars, but the first third is too slow so 4.5.
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