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Argo Audiobook

Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Walter Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-25-13
    Walter Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-25-13
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    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Just mississauga, Ontario, Canada 01-24-13
    Just mississauga, Ontario, Canada 01-24-13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Savage Doc Dallas, TX 11-15-12
    Savage Doc Dallas, TX 11-15-12 Member Since 2012

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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."


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

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason W. Miller 12-14-12

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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?

    Yes.


    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ken 04-11-13
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    "disapoined"
    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


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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