• No Place to Hide

  • Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
  • By: Glenn Greenwald
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 19-08-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (117 ratings)


In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden’s disclosures.
Now for the first time, Greenwald fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity 10-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself. Going beyond NSA specifics, Greenwald also takes on the establishment media, excoriating their habitual avoidance of adversarial reporting on the government and their failure to serve the interests of the people. Finally, he asks what it means both for individuals and for a nation’s political health when a government pries so invasively into the private lives of its citizens - and considers what safeguards and forms of oversight are necessary to protect democracy in the digital age.
Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2014 Glenn Greenwald (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Timo van Weenen on 24-07-15

good book but might be better as a read

Where does No Place to Hide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed the book although the voice I had to get into. It started off well and an interesting story. However chapter 5 and 6 included more acronyms than can be found in silican valley and so listening to it did not really work. Might have been better to have read it instead.

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3 out of 5 stars
By G. Rosenberg on 13-08-18

Interesting subject - poorly executed

Having listened to Edward Snowden on many occasions such as at OpenStack, I was looking forward to this book. There are some interesting and worrying pieces of information, however the delivery of this is very dry and it became wearisome listening to every piece of information being prefixed by lead ins such as "top secret relevant to USA, Canada, New Zealand, TSSI by name redacted NOFORN". It is also apparent that Snowden did all of the work, Greenwald spent 9 months being too lazy to install encrypted software so that Snowden could discuss the information with him, it was a colleague who did the validation and initial work. That said, if you ignore the failings, the information is worrisome and if you had been told this unknowing or the Snowden case, you would think it was a wild conspiracy piece. Essentially if you do anything online, the NSA can access it via backdoors, relationships with the Corporations, fibre traffic interception, foreign parties security services, beacon installations in routers etc, 1984 has arrived and I understand why, but knowing this was done without the public knowledge or consent, and the lies and denials to Governments is the real issue as there is no accountability.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Alfredo Ramirez on 22-11-14

Best Read in Print Format

What did you like best about No Place to Hide? What did you like least?

I liked the inside look at the NSA revelations and feel that this is a great book, on the whole. However, the preponderance of NSA documents that are included, verbatim, in the text makes the audiobook suffer significantly. I don't know how many times I heard the phrase "REL to USA, NO FORN" or "TS/SCI". While I recognize that the documents themselves are an important part of the story Greenwald is telling, I think that such a format lends itself better to being read in print rather than having dozens and dozens of memos narrated to you.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The first third of the book wherein Greenwald describes initially meeting Snowden and the events that led up to the NSA revelations.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I think the narrator did a fine job and I was happy with his performance.

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22 of 22 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Tommi Joentakanen on 01-09-14

Exhilarating, infuriating, cannot stop listening

Would you consider the audio edition of No Place to Hide to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Mr. Greenwald and Mr. Ganser have perfectly captured how unreal the experience of meeting Snowden felt. It really feels like you're listening to a fictional spy story and when it's all true it sends shivers through your spine.

Have you listened to any of L. J. Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. This one was excellent though.

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

I have been aware of these type of things being done by the NSA for some years now and when the Snowden revelations started to surface in the mainstream media I felt relieved and vindicated. Now that I listen to this audiobook I just feel excited about the story and angry and frustrated about the details.

Any additional comments?

Better reserve some time because this audiobook won't let you go for hours.

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