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Naked in Baghdad Audiobook

Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by National Public Radio's Correspondent

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As National Public Radio's senior foreign correspondent, Anne Garrels has covered conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. She is renowned for direct, down-to-earth, insightful reportage, and for her independent take on what she sees. One of only sixteen unembedded American journalists who stayed in Baghdad's now-legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion of Iraq, she was at the very center of the storm. Naked in Baghdad gives us the sights, sounds, and smells of our latest war with unparalleled vividness and immediacy. Garrels's narrative starts with several trips she made to Baghdad before the war, beginning in October 2002. At its heart is her evolving relationship with her Iraqi driver/minder, Amer, who becomes her friend and confidant, often serving as her eyes and ears among the populace and taking her where no other reporter was able to penetrate. Amer's own strong reactions and personal dilemma provide a trenchant counterpoint to daily events. The story is also punctuated by e-mail bulletins sent by Garrels's husband, Vint Lawrence, to their friends around the world, giving a private view of the rough-and-tumble, often dangerous life of a foreign correspondent, along with some much-needed comic relief.

The result is enthralling, deeply personal, utterly authentic: an on-the-ground picture of the war in Iraq that no one else could have written. As Chicago Sun-Times critic Lloyd Sachs wrote about Garrels's work in Baghdad, "A few choice words, honestly delivered, are worth more than a thousand pictures...In your mind's eye, they carry lasting truth."

©2003 Anne Garrels; (P) 2003 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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  • C. Brooks
    Austin, Texas
    21/02/09
    Overall
    "Bag the Brenda Bulletins"

    A good audio book, with the exception of the irritating, terrible monotone “Brenda Bulletins” by “V”. The material in these pieces could have easily been incorporated into the author’s story, thereby eliminating what was a needless distraction to an otherwise good listen; and where did “V” get his voice training for heaven’s sake?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Chicago, IL, USA
    13/03/06
    Overall
    "The life of a"

    Not too heavy on the political analysis, Anne Garrels' book is simply a fascinating, sometimes gripping account of the life, the business, and the busy-ness, of being a war correspondent in the 00's. Beautifully read by Anne and her husband Vint Lawrence. While other reviewers have complained about Vint's "Brenda bulletins" their very mundaneness completes the picture: a journalist has a life beyond her/his work, and Vint's emails are a reminder of what Garrels leaves behind in her wanderings abroad. A terrific listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark J. Law
    02/12/06
    Overall
    "Outstanding"

    My effort to write a review should serve notice that this narrative was excellent. I was a soldier who served in Iraq shortly after the combat ended (June 2003) and found this assessment to be emotional and interesting. I too hope she writes a follow-up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ray
    Fredericksburg, VA, USA
    29/04/06
    Overall
    "Excellent insight"

    As an Army officer who has many friends serving in Baghdad, this book gave me a fresh perspective. I only hope that Ms. Garrells will write another follow-on book. I felt like I was listening to an NPR special coverage story...it was literally one of those "driveway" stories. I could barely put my iPod down once I started it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    Waldorf, MD, USA
    04/02/06
    Overall
    "Overall Great Report of the Iraq War"

    Ann does a great job of providing a balanced report of the Iraq War, primarily how it is affecting the daily lives of the Iraqi people. One page may describe an Iraqi who is happy to be liberated & the next page may describe an Iraqi who feels they had it better under Saddam. I was impressed with the balanced reporting. I would listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • calvinyw
    NJ
    24/01/06
    Overall
    "True Journalism"

    Enough good words have been said about the book. But ultimately, this book is not about the war. That's why readers who expected to get detailed war stories will be disappointed.

    It's about what true journalism means. Annie showed us the dignity and the courage under fire, the pursuit for the truth, the love and care for the people she reported on, and above all, the determination to give a voice to the people who couldn't speak for themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scotty
    Florida
    23/01/06
    Overall
    "A good listen"

    I really enjoyed this book. It seemed balanced - which is rare for reporters these days. Although, one must understand that just because a reporter is in, say, Baghdad or New York, one does not automatically know all that is going on and why in those locales. The periodic interruptions by her husband I skipped over - some speech coach obviously told him to speak slowly and in monotone - these were a distraction, although they did add a bit of humanity to the story. Ann is great and I hope to read/hear more of her works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Rochester, NY, USA
    15/01/06
    Overall
    "Lose the Husband"

    I liked it when Ann was speaking, but hated it when her stay-at-home husband was speaking. His "Brenda" thing was so totally annoying. I cheered when their friends told him to stop it, already. No wonder she travels a lot...needs some getaway time from someone who sounds like a snooty academic. All those terrible things said, I liked what Ann had to say and how she could adjust the focus to show us different perspectives on the approaching conflagration. Also fascinating was her portrayal of how a modern journalist, who is in between the big corporate guys and the totally freelance people, goes about covering a story like that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvette
    Kailua, HI, USA
    13/12/05
    Overall
    "Bravo Brenda Bulletins!"

    This made my Top 5 best non-fiction books from Audible, not only for Garrels' honest and insightful writing, but also because we are blessed with hours of her professional voice instead of NPR's usual few minutes. I disagree with the negative opinion regarding her husband's updates. As the one who was left behind when my husband went to the Gulf in 2003, I can appreciate V's position and I liked hearing from "the other half." The voices of those left at home are just as important, and his Brenda Bulletins round out Anne's character and give us a more complete picture of her as a person. We meet the woman, not just the war correspondent. Given that she sees her "fixers" in several war-torn countries as part of her family, it's nice to know a little about that family thru V's updates. Wonderful book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joann Nash
    04/10/05
    Overall
    "Almost 5 stars"

    The silly intrusion of V's Brenda Bulletins ruins what is otherwise a fine, insightful report from Baghdad leading up to and including the early weeks of the war. Ann is an excellent reporter and the Bulletins from V add nothing to her fine report.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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