Left of Boom

  • by Douglas Laux, Ralph Pezzullo
  • Narrated by Mike Dawson
  • 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


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Customer Reviews

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Too Censerord to be Enjoyable

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

I don't know if I like this audiobook or not because I was too annoying by the censorship.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The narrator informs you that because this is a book about the CIA certain parts have been removed and replaced with classical music on the behest of the CIA. What the narrator neglects to tell you is that these removed sections account for about 20% of the entire book. It's annoying, immediately annoying.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was fine.

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


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- Nathan

Great Story - Overly Redacted

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bossman. Bossman is wise and well spoken and is the sage archtype most people can find in their own organization. The guy who should be in charge of everything, but usually isn't.

Have you listened to any of Mike Dawson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

It was pretty good. He applied good effort for the Pashto, but got a few military words wrong. Overall, better than most I have heard.

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

I loved the story. I wanted to smash my phone in the middle of the book because there were so many parts that were redacted. It was silly.
The description of the SEALs (Scorpions) was pretty accurate. They are toolbags.

Any additional comments?

To cope with the redaction, apply the following:
Foreign country/border = Pakistan
Foreign Intelligence Agency = Pakistani ISI
Foreign financing = Saudi involvement

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-28-2016
  • Publisher: Douglas Laux, Ralph Pezzullo, Mike Dawson