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  • Agent Storm

  • My Life Inside al-Qaeda
  • By: Tim Lister, Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

He was the Western convert who would plunge deep inside al-Qaeda. He named his first son Osama after 9/11 and became a Jihadist. But then - after a sudden loss of faith - Morten Storm made a life-changing decision. He became a double agent and joined the CIA, MI6 and MI5. Filled with hair-raising close calls and deception, Storm's story builds to the climactic finale when he must betray his friend and mentor al-Awlaki - al-Qaeda's biggest threat to the West.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but...

  • By Mr on 18-07-17

Detailed and intense excellence

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-18

What made the experience of listening to Agent Storm the most enjoyable?

The book was heavily detailed which gave a lot of insight, but the way Morten Storm's life suddenly changed to religion, and then 10 years later equally suddenly he lost the faith and the consequences that had, were most interesting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Morten was by far the most interesting character, but the author built up a very vivid picture of all characters that he came into contact with

What about Neil Shah’s performance did you like?

Neil Shah read the text eloquently and dynamically. He managed to wrap his tongue around the many difficult Arabic names and was a joy to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The most startling events where how the government agents wanted to suddenly wash their hands of Morten when things got sticky. Also very surprising is how the whole agency business revolved around money.

Any additional comments?

The book starts well but after a few chapters I started to flag. He went to his new brothers in Arabia and a lot of detail was there and at first I thought that the whole book might be like this and I was starting to struggle. But hang in there, by chapter 10 it starts to get very interesting. I listened to this each morning on the way to work and often sat in the car park for an extra 10 minutes riveted to what was playing out. I've finished the book and funnily enough I miss it now!