While few of us would tackle the printed version of the 9/11 CR, this production for readers on the go has emotional moments. The raw communications from civilians, operators, and firemen receive no elocution but paint chilling portraits. Five male narrators hustle their parts along, taking practiced turns at the one thousand Arabic names. The introduction lists the readers, but we guess who’s who. To indicate a direct quotation, one voice receives an echo. The hundreds of abbreviations shouldn’t be attempted in heavy traffic - in this report "GOP" means "Government of Pakistan." At less than five dollars for more than twenty hours, we thank the publisher for making this historic document so accessible.
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, was created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002. This independent, bipartisan commission had the task of producing a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the attack, including preparedness and immediate response, and providing recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.
The 9/11 Commission released their final report to the public on July 22, 2004. During the course of the Commission's 20-month investigation, the 10 commissioners and 80 staff members conducted more than 1300 interviews in 10 countries and reviewed more than 2 million documents. In the 17 days of public hearings, the commissioners heard testimony from 140 federal, state, and local officials, and private sector experts.
The Commission was composed of Chair Thomas H. Kean, Vice Chair Lee H. Hamilton, and Commissioners Richard Ben-Veniste, Fred F. Fielding, Jamie S. Gorelick, Slade Gorton, Bob Kerrey, John F. Lehman, Timothy J. Roemer, and James R. Thompson.
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"The prose is free from bureaucratese and, for a consensus statement, the report is remarkably forthright. Though there could not have been a single author, the style is uniform. The document is an improbable literary triumph." (The New York Times Book Review)
Great documentary and should be a required reading/listening document. Narration was guite good for such a long document. The report had good analysis and reasonable set of recommendations that should be further studied and seriously considered for implementation. The 9/11 Commission's work should not end with this documentary, but rather continue to review progress on its recommendations once every year, and publish the reviews to the public.
I found this report/book very interesting and captivating throughout. Perhaps it was because the 9/11 attacks on United States, are still so recent and fresh in our minds of those who lived through it all. It was a terrifying time and I find that this report helps to answer a lot of questions with factual agreed upon bi-partisan ism that we don't see coming down from Capitol Hill too often.
This a a very long, 3 part book, but I found it to be an interesting read and keeps moving along just fast enough to keep my attention.
Is it the last word on the subject? I doubt it...there will always be conspiracy theories, books and movies that abound, and I'm sure that after "all is said and done", we may even find out more, but for now, this has got to be one of the most comprehensive reports/books yet.
This book fulfilled all of my expectations. It went into detail about what happened on 9/11--what the terrorists, our leaders, the airlines, the passengers, and the emergency responders KNEW as it was happening. It details the travel, education and background of the terrorists. It explains all of the branches of government involved in anti-terrorist activities. Can not recommend it strongly enough. There was so much detail (I think other reveiwers called it boring)but I could not stop listening. It was like a thrilling mystery that is written well enough that it doesn't matter if you already know how it ends. Very sad and hard to listen to at times, but so important! God bless those who died that day, the surviviors, and their families!
I really enjoyed this book and found it riveting and compelling. Such detail and told in such a way that it was interesting from start to finish. If you like "Just the facts" type books, is one is for you!
I was a bit skeptical about this 9/11 report, however after listening to the first few minutes I could not stop listening. It gives good picture of the hell that those who died went through. There are graphic descriptions of the on board struggele of passengers and victims. It tells so much about the chaos happened on that crazy day, with America's defence system. We were lucky it wasn't a nuke! Don't hesitate - buy this and listen to it.
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
For a government report, this was a pretty good read. Some very interesting information about the hijackings and especially the events that took place at the twin towers. I thought the book was balanced between finding problems that needed to be fixed and avoiding the hypercritical nature of "hindsight" analysis. There were some parts that were a little slow - especially the parts on inter-agency cooperation, but a good job overall. For the price - it can't be beat. I would agree with the criticisms of the narration (3-4 different narrators). I was surprised at some of the mispronounced names & places, especially since they have been used so often in the news. Some narrators were fine, but a few could have brushed up on things. Didn't detract from the content in a major way, however.
While the narration of the book suffers occasionally due to the rushed tempo of some speakers, the content itself is fascinating and should be required reading for all US schools. The failure of the Government to avoid this tragedy, and the seemingly endless stream of warnings that were not acted upon, should serve as a wake up call to all that without dramatic and rapid change, the world we live in will continue to be plagued by terror and events such as 9/11.
The information put forth in this audio book is amazing. It provides details of how our country functions and explains the events that led up to to 9/11/01. It gives straight foward testimony and documentation without bias and very little opinion. It had changed the way I had come to understand America. It is over 20 hours but worth every minute. I applaud Audible for making this title so available and inexpensive thus supporting this Commission's goals. Thank you.
"Surprisingly 'wet' -"
I bought this because the price was so cheap. My expectation was that it was going to be a very dry congressional report that reads like an encyclopedia. To my surprise, it was a very well written, narrated , and interesting account of 9/11. Its more like a book than a report. If you think you heard it all about 9/11; you haven't. This takes you into the middle of everything that happened on that day and leading up to it. It guarantees to offer something you had not heard in the past 10 years.
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