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Left of Boom Audiobook

Left of Boom: How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda

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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.

©2016 Douglas Laux (P)2016 Douglas Laux

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    Anthony 05/10/2016
    Anthony 05/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible.DO NOT WASTE YOUR CREDITS!!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    You miss the majority of what is said through incredibly annoying cuts to classical music due to classification. I could only stick 20 mins of missing entire parts of a story, so much so that anything left in was irrelevant detail. If I could get my money back I would.

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    Scott Fergusson 13/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Left of boom"

    Very good book, interesting and knowledgeable.

    Only problem is the music cut overs. I understand certain information has to be redacted but I feel the music is a bit much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Amazon Customer
    03/08/16
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Taylor Braithwaite
    13/07/16
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    "Good insight"

    Loved it. Changed my opinion on those who serve this nation. Much respect now. The performance was really good, right voice for this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Gold Canyon, AZ, United States
    02/07/16
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    "Just so you know."

    I've listened to other books that have redacted content. When one of those sections was reached by the narrator, an overview of the redacted content was addressed and the narration moved on. Here you are treated to music for the duration of the missing content. This is just a guess as I didn't time these sections or the bumper music between chapters or the twelve second dead space's following those, but my guess is that the reader is getting about eight hours of content. Loved the story. Tied several things together from other things I've read. This isn't about the content. It's about heavily padding the time. You (redacted) been warned!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan
    26/08/16
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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?

    Annoyance.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MATTHEW SIMEONE
    06/07/16
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    "Fantastic book"

    Loved the book! Amazing job by Mike Dawson narrating and even better story. If only we could hear the redacted portions.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • james
    30/11/16
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    "Disliking the blackout spots"

    The classical music disrupted a good story The classical music disrupted a good story the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • james
    14/11/16
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    "standard."

    good listen. standard views of a 20 something handler. worth checking out, for sure .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    McKinney, TX
    09/11/16
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    "waaay too redacted"

    The story was good but the redactions were ridiculous. also the narrators voice was raspy and sounded he was trying to sound like a BA.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    23/10/16
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    "amazing...."

    I can't wait for the movie!
    I have to have at least 20 words posted here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • josh
    22/10/16
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    "Enthralling"

    I liked the timeline of what we've been going thru for the last 15 yrs and the intelligence version of the "inside" of one aspect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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