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Editorial Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people died in terrorist attacks upon the United States. Hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, while an additional plane crashed into the fields of Pennsylvania. This series of events resulted in the single largest loss of life from enemy attack on U.S. soil.

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.

(P)2004 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Finalist, Achievement in Production, 2005

"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)

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  • Russell
  • CambridgeUnited Kingdom
  • 11-26-04

Must have...gives a realistic picture

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.

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  • Anthony
  • Markham, ON, Canada
  • 09-19-04

Excellent Review of the Events

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.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Apple Valley, ca, United States
  • 12-31-04

A Must Read (Hear) For All Americans

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.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Fremont, NE, United States
  • 11-06-04

Some Very Interesting Stuff Here

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.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Read this book

An easy listen. Well written. Informative. Wow!

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The 9/11 Commission Report

Good and long but something everyone in America should read and NEVER forget.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful