A tone has been included in this recording to indicate the censored material included in this book.
©2007 Valerie Wilson; Afterword ©2007 Laura Rozen; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc.
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"Interesting but for the bleeps"
There are many parts of this book that have been censored by the government. To emphasize this, the book was not re-edited and the censored portions have been audibly "bleeped." The bleeps occur in the middle of almost every paragraph, length varying based on the amount of censorship I suppose. While in print this would probably be ok, I found it annoying to the point that I could not finish the book.
What a shame because otherwise Ms. Plame's story is so intriguing.
"Ruined by redactions"
Seems like a fascinating story. The frequent, annoying redaction tones ruin it. I made it to chapter 4, when I finally had enough.
I hate to say it, cause I agree with Ms. Plame on the politics here, but this book is not listenable at all. 1 star.
So much of the text is blanked out that any quality of her story goes right out the window. It's just too annoying listening to all of the beeping.
I understand what the publisher was attempting to do with the "tones" to prove the point of all the CIA eliminated from the book. However, although this might work in the printed form, it was a poor, poor, poor choice in the audio version. Despite several attempts to "get past it," I had to stop (about 30 minutes in) as it interfered with the story. PLEASE don't waste your money on this audio version...buy the printed form!!!
I expected a book which raised the curtain on an individual contest against the government. I wanted to know what that looked like, but instead you'll get a vague idea of what it felt like. On the bright side you will get some details that you didn't know from television. However, this book is LOADED redactions which makes certain lines of thought difficult to follow. The book also lacks teeth. It is heavily sanitized, so it always feels like you are getting the 'Disney' version of events, like Donna Reed against Citizen Kane, only the bad guys never enter the room with her. Fair Game is 'G' rated, so if you are looking for at least PG-13, you'll be quite bored.
In "Fair Game" Valerie Plame provides an insightful view on how CIA agents were used politically and pressured to sell the Iraqi war. From her life story she seems like an American dedicated to public service and defense of our nation. Its unfortunate how she was treated by that same government. The redaction of many sections in the book by the CIA is a good example.
I was really looking forward to this book as I had heard an interview with the author on NPR. What made the book so disappointing is all the redacting that the CIA did before the book could be released. This is a disaster as an audiobook, because every where a word of phrase was redacted, they sound a tone...so annoying I could not finish the book. I think the publication of this one shouldn't have happened, under the circumstance. It is a great disservice to the author and especially the "buying" audience, we the listener!
"Don't buy it!"
I have listened to this book for one hour in bits, and will not be able to finish it. I wish I had read the reviews first before I bought it. The only part of the book that is not bleeped out is about her postpartum depression.
Things as simple as the name of a restaurant are bleeped out (and the bleeps are long annoying buzzers).
You would need the patience of Job to get through it!
I suspect the story is worth listening to, but the incessant beeps that accompany the CIA's redacted words or phrases are far too annoying for me. I wish they had rewritten those sections instead of making their point that the CIA did them wrong. I struggled through about 20 minutes before I stopped the recording and deleted it. If the author and/or editor ever realize that the reader is their audience not the CIA, and rewrite the book, I would be very interested in buying that version. Until then it's gone and forgotten.
"Worth sticking to the end"
The redactions are annoying but I stuck it out and listened to the commentary at the end which made everything clearer. The book has all the blackouts anyway. It looks like the US lost two great individuals who were really dedicated to helping our country, and for what?
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