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The Commission
The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation

by Philip Shenon
Read by Dave Mallow

      The Commission is a thorough narrative documenting the historical days leading up to the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers. It will open your eyes to old politics. In fact, the people who have been at the forefront of the media doing a seemingly good job will surprise you when you hear what they did not do before the attacks. Moreover, not only what they did not do, but also what they allegedly knew and didnít follow up on.

This is an intriguing CD set. The information is exact and much of it is in quotes. Although the material presented is extremely enlightening and much of it very controversial, the narrator is not. I found the material worth listening to, but Mallow reads it like a novice actor practicing for an audition. His voice is droning and his delivery amateurish. His inflections and timing are boorish. Instead of playing like an investigation, it played like a storybook drama.

I would suggest reading the book form as I think reading would bring its own voice to the pages and give a much more realistic interpretation. I think the reader would also get more out of it as it is a lot of information to take in.

I do suggest reading about this investigation this election year. It might help you decide to whom you want to give your vote. I had always admired Condoleezza Rice, but hearing about the mistakes she made and the cover-up she devised to keep all pointing fingers aimed somewhere else really lowered my opinion of her dramatically. Listen for yourself and form your own opinion. It will wake you up even if the narration tries to put you to sleep.

The Book

Twelve / Hachette Audio
February 5, 2008
Audio CD / Abridged Edition / 6 CDís, 6 1/2 Hrs.
History / 2001-2004 / Current Events
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The Reviewer

Nicole Merritt
Reviewed 2008
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