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The true account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.

Armed with foreign film visas, Mendez and an unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders - directors, producers, actors - traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake film called Argo. While pretending to find the perfect scenery and backdrops, the team succeeded in contacting the escapees and smuggling them out of Iran without a single shot being fired.

Antonio Mendez finally details the mind-bogglingly complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago. A true story of secret identities and international intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.

©2012 Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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  • Michael
  • Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
  • 02-01-13

Loved the book and narration

What did you love best about Argo?

It was a compelling story that I was very very curious to check out after seeing the movie. I quite enjoyed the movie but as a Canadian felt that the Canadian aspect wasn't given enough credit. I left with a new respect for the actual story which I assume to be the true account. I left with a less jaded view than just watching the movie and more realistic view of the Canadian part in the whole story.With all that said as a stand alone going in cold it'd still be a great listen. I'll qualify that by saying as a younger man I plowed through a lot of spy novels (fiction). This stuff intrigues me and learning a true account was pretty cool for me.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I really got into recounting the era when it happened. I remember the whole hostage affair but didn't really follow the nuts and bolts of what was going on. I'm a bit of a history buff so this referesher with a lot of insight into what happened and why was very interesting to me.

Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

I really grew to respect Tony Mendez, as this is really his story. I'd love to hear a few more capers like this if he got involved and the info was declassified. Whether read or listened to it's a great story

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Greatest "real life" Escape

Any additional comments?

great narration and compelling story.

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  • Walter
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 01-25-13

A fast listen, but Baker adds nothing

What did you like best about this story?

Learning the different parts of the operation, comparing it to the movie.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Baker over enunciates words, especially plurals, to a point that is distracting. Another narrator would have been much better.

Was Argo worth the listening time?

It was an easy listen, and somewhat entertaining, so it was still worth the time.

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  • Just
  • mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • 01-24-13

Very Informative

While the movie was an edge of your seat movie, I left the movie wanting to know more details and background, so I got the book. It is well written and narrated, and certainly does give you the background, without going into unnecessary and boring details. Highly recommend it.

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Pretty good book. Not a great reading.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Interesting story, and a lot of backstory that was not in the film.

What did you like best about this story?

The details of how the plan came to together.

What aspect of Dylan Baker’s performance would you have changed?

His voice is consistently whiny. I've heard the same in another book he read. It really gets annoying. Also, his tendency to over-enunciate the last "s" in houseguests. It's like a college drinking game where you want to down a shot every time he says, "HouseguestS."

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See The Movie

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The author of this book is exceedingly arrogant and self promoting which is annoying...made only more irritating by the narrator's voice and poor execution of accents. See the movie.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I had to stop listening.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dylan Baker?


Could you see Argo being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes. Ben Afleck...duh....

Any additional comments?

See the movie. Avoid the book. Especially avoid the audio book.

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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I enjoyed US. history 101 more than this book

Would you ever listen to anything by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio again?

maybe not

What didn’t you like about Dylan Baker’s performance?

To be honest he had very little to work with.

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

I was looking for action, not a narrative of what happened

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