This audiobook was read by the author (Simon Schama) and while it was a facinating 'read' and well worth the time, I found it hard to follow the audio because of the phrasing used. He seemed to read by phrase instead of sentences. Since many of his sentences were long it was difficult to keep the continuity with all the breaks in speech.
Even with this distraction though, I very much enjoyed all the detail he gave about the various people involved, and felt I'd learned quite a bit by the end. This is certainly and conspicuously missing from the history as we were taught it in school.
After having listened to "A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction" and loving it, I truly looked forward to listening to this latest book. Though there were some smart commentaries on culture as we know it, a lot of the humor, and delivery was IMHO sophomoric and forced.....I expected more from this team.
This was a perfect book to go through as an audiobook. Lawrence Wright manages to provide a historical perspective on the Jihadi movements, a detailed look at Bin Laden and his closest associates, and at the same time fleshes out the squables between the CIA, FBI, and the Clinton and Bush administrations that provided Bin Laden with an openning to bring down the World trade center and the Pentagon as well as a fourth plane planned for the White House or Capitol. Not only was the text well conceived, it was very well read and easy to listen to. Altogether very worth the time.
This is the first Audiobook I purchased and unfortunately has set the bar high for all to follow. I listened to this while driving, and it was the perfect companion. Besides having the sharp wit of Jon Stewart, It also provides his well timed delivery and sarcasm. It was perfect to listen to in segments and had me laughing and enjoying throughout. True to Stewart's style, there were also informational tid bits in with the satire. I would recommend this as an audiobook to anyone who enjoys Stewart and his show.
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