Ghost Wars

  • by Steve Coll
  • Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
  • 26 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 2005
The explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan.
With the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also the expert on the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin Laden, and the secret efforts by CIA officers and their agents to capture or kill Bin Laden in Afghanistan after 1998.


What the Critics Say

"Ghost Wars is a complex study of intelligence operations and an invaluable resource for those seeking a nuanced understanding of how a small band of extremists rose to inflict incalculable damage on American soil." ( review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

great book, minor recording/narrating flaws

What made the experience of listening to Ghost Wars the most enjoyable?

great story telling, accurate and abundant information, unbiased reporting.

What aspect of Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance would you have changed?

the russian helicopter in the book is a Mil-17, through out the read, he reads it as an MiG 17. for someone with a decent military hardware background, it drove me nuts. couple of other similar misuse of technical terms.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

glitches in the recording, skipped lines and sentences. could be a bad burn to CD...

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- Howard H. Shen "eyekungfu"

Interesting, in-depth book

This book offers a very in-depth look at U.S. involvement in Afghanistan prior to 9/11. The story comes across as factual and well-documented; I did not pick up any noticeable traces of a political ideology, just a well-reported story based on facts as presented by the author. The book is well read by Malcolm Hilgartner, to the extent that I would be more likely to purchase an audio book if he is the narrator. The technical production of the book is slightly lacking in a few spots where the audio stops abruptly and restarts, but overall it sounds good and I don't think anything is missed due to these small annoyances.
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- Ben in Baltimore

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio