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Teresa A. Hayes

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  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (520)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "a hair short of objective"
    Overall

    Write's account of the history of the radical fundamentalist Islamic movement is thorough, detailed, insightful and very digestible. A great primer for understanding why Americans' belief in the "irresitible lure of democracy and the American way of life" is a dangerous fantasy when trying to deal with what is truly a religious war that has been declared on America.

    The only disappointing aspect of Write's account is that he seems to have "taken sides" with FBI sources for his book. He characterizes the failures to do more to prevent 9/11 as largely a question of intelligence community turf protection. The "wall" he flippantly writes off as imaginary was very real to the people in both intelligence and law enforcement who were constantly under threat not to jeopardize prosecutions by "polluting" cases with intelligence information that could not be revealed in court. It was so real that nothing short of the tragegy of losing almost 3000 souls finally led to the legislation necessary to bring it down.

    That one flawed lack of objectivity, however, is overridden by the value of insight this book brings to understanding the motivations behind the new reality our world is facing. An excellent book, and a great narrator.

    29 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Stay away"
    Overall

    What a waste of time - if not for a compulsion to finish what I start, I'd have turned it off half way through part one. What passes for a plot seems only to serve as a platform for the author to be gratuitously grotesque. If you want to read a book that lives up to this title, read Kate Mosse's "Labyrinth"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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