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Left of Boom Audiobook

Left of Boom: How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda

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Publisher's Summary

The explosive New York Times best seller!

On September 11, 2001, Doug Laux was a freshman in college, on the path to becoming a doctor. But with the fall of the Twin Towers came a turning point in his life. After graduating, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, determined to get himself to Afghanistan and into the center of the action. Through persistence and hard work, he was fast-tracked to a clandestine operations position overseas. Dropped into a remote region of Afghanistan, he received his baptism by fire.

Frustrated by bureaucratic red tape, a widespread lack of knowledge of the local customs and culture, and an attitude of complacency that hindered his ability to combat the local Taliban, Doug confounded his peers by dressing like a native and mastering the local dialect, making contacts, and building sources within several deadly terrorist networks. His new approach resulted in unprecedented successes, including uncovering the largest IED network in the world, responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers.

Meanwhile, Doug had to keep up false pretenses with his family, girlfriend, and friends - nobody could know what he did for a living - and deal with the emotional turbulence of constantly living a lie. His double life was building to an explosive resolution, with repercussions that would have far reaching consequences.

©2016 Douglas Laux (P)2016 Douglas Laux

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    Nathan 08-26-16
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    "Too Censerord to be Enjoyable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't know if I like this audiobook or not because I was too annoying by the censorship.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The narrator informs you that because this is a book about the CIA certain parts have been removed and replaced with classical music on the behest of the CIA. What the narrator neglects to tell you is that these removed sections account for about 20% of the entire book. It's annoying, immediately annoying.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance.


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    Amazon Customer 08-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story - Overly Redacted"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bossman. Bossman is wise and well spoken and is the sage archtype most people can find in their own organization. The guy who should be in charge of everything, but usually isn't.


    Have you listened to any of Mike Dawson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It was pretty good. He applied good effort for the Pashto, but got a few military words wrong. Overall, better than most I have heard.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved the story. I wanted to smash my phone in the middle of the book because there were so many parts that were redacted. It was silly.
    The description of the SEALs (Scorpions) was pretty accurate. They are toolbags.


    Any additional comments?

    To cope with the redaction, apply the following:
    Foreign country/border = Pakistan
    Foreign Intelligence Agency = Pakistani ISI
    Foreign financing = Saudi involvement

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    Taylor Braithwaite 07-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good insight"

    Loved it. Changed my opinion on those who serve this nation. Much respect now. The performance was really good, right voice for this story.

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    "Just so you know."

    I've listened to other books that have redacted content. When one of those sections was reached by the narrator, an overview of the redacted content was addressed and the narration moved on. Here you are treated to music for the duration of the missing content. This is just a guess as I didn't time these sections or the bumper music between chapters or the twelve second dead space's following those, but my guess is that the reader is getting about eight hours of content. Loved the story. Tied several things together from other things I've read. This isn't about the content. It's about heavily padding the time. You (redacted) been warned!

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    MATTHEW SIMEONE 07-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic book"

    Loved the book! Amazing job by Mike Dawson narrating and even better story. If only we could hear the redacted portions.

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    CPTROG 09-29-16
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    "This should be required reading in school."

    even though heavily redacted this was a real eye opener as to what goes into the safety of this country.

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    Ian R Neale 09-22-16
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    "entertaining and relatable"

    Living vicariously through the author. I enjoyed the narrator's ability to remain stoic and also portray an overwhelming emotion.

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    Clifford Wayne Garner 09-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Highly Censored"

    Absolute painful listen with all the classical music censorship of the apparently secret content. I'm sure it's a great story but the censorship ruins it and gives you a headache.

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    Mark 09-18-16
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    "Redaction was unnecessary"

    Clearly this was the worst audible performance ever. What a distraction and no I not need to fill in the blanks. The book could have easily modified to remove sentences that were redacted. To redact an audio book in play music for the duration is ridiculous. Please refund me for the hour of shitty music

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    Bret Johnson 09-09-16
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    "Overall great story "

    Loved the story but almost quit 1/4 of the way through. The redacted portions overlayed with music were very frustrating at first and I felt like major points were missed. But after a while it became a bit more tolerable. As long as you are prepared for that it becomes a great story.

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  • Scott Fergusson
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    "Left of boom"

    Very good book, interesting and knowledgeable.

    Only problem is the music cut overs. I understand certain information has to be redacted but I feel the music is a bit much.

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