• 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: 08-19-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (2,349 ratings)

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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.
©2014 Glenn Greenwald (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Alfredo Ramirez on 11-22-14

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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21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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

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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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Timo van Weenen on 07-24-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Lord Peridot on 03-25-18

State of surveillance

Greenwald's book is a brilliant and sobering account of his crucial involvement in the reporting and release of the NSA security files by Snowden in 2013. He goes on to describe some of the documents themselves and their significance to civil privacy and international espionage. Finally he discusses the woeful state of the mainstream US media and how even the respected NY Times immediately attacked Snowden and himself often making false innuendos and allegations.

Greenwald is an excellent writer as well as being a courageous journalist, so the book reads easily and is indeed read very well by Mr. Ganser. The chapter on the NSA files takes a bit of stamina to get through as it involves listening to a lot of NSA jargon and repeated use of NSA phrases and acronyms. But there is a point to that. It brings home the attitude of the spying services and their unbridled, mechanical enthusiasm for eavesdropping on anything and everything.

Releasing state secrets is obviously a contentious matter. But if those secrets reveal routine lying and illegal behaviour by the security services then Snowden's action will be seen as laudable by many. And its no doubt significant that this was the reaction of Al Gore, Ron Paul and Jimmy Carter. Whereas Obama, Hilary Clinton and John Kerry all more or less condemned the man.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Todd on 08-18-16

Better experienced as a read book

"No Place to Hide" gives us a great look into the circumstances surrounding one of the biggest leaks in US history. It can be broken up into three main parts. The first deals with Greenwald's contact with Snowden and their collaboration to leak the documents. The second part deals with the actual NSA systems and how they work. And finally the last section is basically an editorial commentary on surveillance and its abuse.

Whilst the first part is very interesting and revealing, the rest of book is bogged down by too much technical jargon and commentary. For example, well over an hour's worth of the audio is the actual reading of every line of certain NSA documents that were leaked.

All of it sounds roughly like "Top Secret. Com Int. Rel to USA. Five Eyes. Cont to...Redacted. Specify search parameters...etc." This goes on and on and on to the point that you just want to skip ahead or stop listening all together. This is why the book would be better read as opposed to heard.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Peter J Birch on 01-23-17

Great read.

Narration was good, and very easy to listen to. Interesting account of the Snowden expose!

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