• Left of Boom

  • How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda
  • By: Douglas Laux, Ralph Pezzullo
  • Narrated by: Mike Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 28-06-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Douglas Laux, Ralph Pezzullo, Mike Dawson
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (11 ratings)

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Anthony Duffy on 08-06-18

Worst audio production I've encountered

Utter nonsense avoid avoid avoid. Badly produced with a pointless and jarring time line and at times utterly nonsensical due to bad audio and censoring.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Anthony on 05-10-16

Terrible.DO NOT WASTE YOUR CREDITS!!!!

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You miss the majority of what is said through incredibly annoying cuts to classical music due to classification. I could only stick 20 mins of missing entire parts of a story, so much so that anything left in was irrelevant detail. If I could get my money back I would.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-07-16

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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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Csaba Turkosi on 29-12-16

Frustratingly [REDACTED]

In places it is more [REDACTED] music than story, to the point and it is [REDACTED] impossible to follow.
What's the point of writing a book that will be [REDACTED] to illegibility?

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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