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  • Summary

  • Audible Originals presents After the Fall, the incredible true story of the FBI’s groundbreaking investigation into the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The series also marks the 20th anniversary of the deadliest crime in modern US history.

    Most Americans say 9/11 is the most significant historical event of their lives. It shocked a suddenly vulnerable nation, killed 3,000 people, and led to the longest war in US history. But for the FBI, 9/11 was also a crime.

    Dozens of agents at the forefront of the case tell in their own words how they uncovered evidence to prove who was behind the attacks, reconstruct the “planes operation”, interrogate terrorism suspects, prevent more attacks, and wrestle with the question of whether 9/11 itself could have been stopped.

    9/11 nearly broke the FBI in two. But the investigation into 9/11 transformed the bureau into an agency that prioritized counterterrorism. It influenced the War in Afghanistan, led to a rift with the CIA about using torture to gather intelligence, and generated thousands of boxes of evidence for prosecutions in US courts - most of which have never occurred.

    In this riveting series, agents tell their story from the perspective of being in the field, in the moment, as they work in extraordinary circumstances, against unparalleled problems, and face the highest stakes. From the crime scenes in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, the investigation unfolds in unexpected places: a mechanics’ garage, Fresh Kills landfill, a prison in Sanaa, Yemen, a ticket booth in Kandahar, Afghanistan, a safe house in Faisalabad, Pakistan, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The FBI’s investigation into 9/11 is an essential part of the history of the September 11th terrorist attacks. 

    After the Fall is dedicated to the many victims of the 9/11 attacks, including those who suffered from cancer and other illnesses because of their work at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville. 

    ©2021 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC
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Episodes
  • Episode 1: Before the Fall

    Sep 2 2021
    The ominous signs of what would happen on 9/11 appeared years earlier. But only a few people at the FBI could see them, let alone piece them together. When al Qaeda bombed the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Osama bin Laden became the FBI’s most wanted terrorist.
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    32 mins
  • Episode 2: Missing Pieces

    Sep 2 2021
    As agents at the FBI’s New York Field Office pursue Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda bombs the USS Cole in Yemen and begins planning a larger operation.
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    29 mins
  • Episode 3: The Attack

    Sep 2 2021
    September 11th, 2001, started like any other day, but quickly turned ominous when multiple hijackings and plane crashes into US landmarks took Americans by surprise and put the FBI on the back foot.
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    26 mins

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Superb, gripping and sad, wish it were fiction.

Prepare to surrender hours to this, you will
Be right there, chasing the evidence , reliving the fateful day, Afghanistan and beyond .so pertinent in today’s times, wondering what will be next?

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fascinating

The detail this goes into is remarkable.
like many others I saw the second plane hit live on TV. It was a sickening moment that I'll never forget.
The diligence and dogged determination of the FBI Agents, often in the face of obfuscation from the CIA and others, is testament to their desire to try to get justice for those murdered on 9/11.
Well worth a read.

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Truth

the truth is hidden in the documents at the White House. Afghanistan was raped. they never did it. Bush and his cronies know the truth, so many usa citizens died as well waste of many lives in Afghanistan's. why blame the desert people

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Excellent!

This fills in a lot of blanks from what we knew at the time. Very informative podcast.

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fantastic

enjoyed the entire series of the podcast it was absolutely
exceptional. incredibly interesting and a lot of information I had never heard before from people who lived it.

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Fantastic

Can't recommend this highly enough. A thought provoking and very gripping production. Definitely worth the time to listen to it.

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An interesting listen

A very sad account told well.

I was very moved by the struggles of the agents involved. The difficulties they had getting intel from the CIA was unacceptable.

Scary to think that the tragedy of 9/11 could have possibly been prevented.

I recommend this podcast highly.

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Riveting

Well put together review - lots to think about.
Binged on the program.
Well balanced and wide ranging. Highly recommended.

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Excellent

Thought this was great! And loved the narration. A must listen for anyone interested in 9/11 and the background to the attacks.

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  • Barry M.
  • 08-09-21

Excellent

Well worth my time regardless of already being generally familiar with much (but certainly not all) of what is presented here, and in first person. Informative, constructive and just very well done all-around. Thank you.

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  • David Lintz
  • 08-09-21

Riveting!

We started listening to this and didn’t want to stop. It was fascinating to hear about 9/11 from this perspective. Highly recommend!

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  • jayne
  • 11-09-21

Absolutely wonderful!

I as usual really enjoyed this podcast. Enough detail to keep me interested, new voices, flow was great. Highly recommend it.

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  • Dario Perryman
  • 10-09-21

A great book.

Enjoyed listening to this fascinating story of what the FBI did not just on 9-11, but what was going on prior to and after the event. i a. proud of them for sticking to their ideals and going at this with intent of prosecuting those behind the attack. Who knows how many lives might have been saved if not for the presidents determination to invade Iraq instead of sticking to the actual goal of getting Bin Laden & those responsible.

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  • Hemant Asher
  • 16-09-21

A must listen!

As someone alive during the attacks but not old enough to have comprehended everything, this was an amazing deep dive into the investigation. It does a great job of laying out specific facts and perspectives. I hope people listen to it not only to remember and memorialize 9/11, but also to better understand the values and inner workings of our own government in a time of crisis.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-21

Amazing

I absolutely loved this and thanks for sharing this story. I never thought of how much time and effort, at such a fast pace, was put into this investigation. It was truly amazing to hear how all the pieces were put together.

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  • BrenFinn
  • 15-09-21

Engrossing, emotional, not to be missed

I could not stop listening. Not a big law enforcement fan, this podcast changed my thinking.

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  • Kristin M. Dilley
  • 15-09-21

Enthralling listen!

This was an amazing narrative that offers the most complete picture of the 9/11 investigation to date. Hearing the stories of those who responded to Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and Shanksville in their own words was profoundly moving. I have a greater understanding of 9/11 in the larger context of history and how policies at the FBI and the CIA changed as a result. This is a must-listen for anyone who wants the full story on the 9/11 attacks from people who were knee deep in it.

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  • Cathy
  • 14-09-21

WORTH LISTENING TO!!!!!!

As I listened to this podcast, I found myself feeling very angry that just better communication could have maybe prevented the horrible loss of life on 911. Frustrating to here that CIA withheld information. I commend the agents that shared the truth with us. Thank you and keep doing the right thing. Your work is so very important.

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  • Jonathan Gemar
  • 14-09-21

Absolutely Astonishing, Brilliant Work

This series was one of the the most important things I've listened to to date. Right from the beginning, you are briefed on what you will hear over the course of 16 episodes, the story told through the perspective of the FBI agents involved in the 9/11 investigation. Our traditional perspective over the last 20 years has been widely political and military involvement minded when we think about those attacks in 2001. This instead, truly shines a light on the direct impact we saw within the country (not the various media outlets). Re-living the audio was emotional and real as if it was happening right now as you listen, Dion's performance, was exceptional.

In summary, I have grown an even more tremendous respect for the FBI, what they stand for, and most importantly of all, being able to hear the names and learn the personal stories of the individuals who make the FBI as great as it is then and still today. It was a thought provoking journey I will share with many, and never forget. Thank you Peter McDonnell and Bobby Chacon. Thank you very much for bringing this to life for all us listeners.

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