No Place to Hide

  • by Glenn Greenwald
  • Narrated by L. J. Ganser
  • 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
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A desperado's attempt to create intrigue.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

As I listened (to the bitter end) I kept wishing that I indeed had some place to hide ... from this book, which drips with paranoia, megalomania and contempt. The author seems to have a desperate longing to imagine himself and his fellows as the heroes of an international intrigue. Many of hIs general and specific claims about The Authorities listening in on their every move (indeed he claims that The Authorities are always monitoring the activities of us all) are belied by many of the events that he describes occurring in the lead up to the publishing of materials leaked to him by Snowden. And all this is written in tedious detail with a "he said, she said"-style narrative to pad out the book. Snowden chose - and played - him, and his fellows, very well.

What could Glenn Greenwald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book probably should have been a magazine article or, at most, a book about 10 pages long, or about 10 minutes long in audible form, rather than the almost ten insufferably long hours that it is.
Possibly the most annoying thing about the way the book was written is the exceedingly repetitive nature of the presentation of the material leaked by Snowden.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of L. J. Ganser?

The performers voice, accent and tone were equally annoying, smug and melodramatic and, thus, well suited to the material.

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

This is the second worse book I've read in at least a decade.

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- E. J. Lizier

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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- Timo van Weenen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-08-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios