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Agent Storm

My Life Inside al-Qaeda
Narrated by: Neil Shah
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. Storm is trusted to find al-Awlaki a wife from Europe. She becomes the bait for a possible American drone strike.

©2015 Morten Storm (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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Incredible story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A story largely unknown in Australia, and absolutely recommend understanding the bigger picture.

What did you like best about this story?

The significance of what Morten did is understated even in the book.

Which character – as performed by Neil Shah – was your favourite?

The narrator was brilliant.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Hard to put down.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-2017

Brilliant book, powerful story, engaging narration

This is one of my favourite books in Audible. A moving story and great narration. Five star and highly recommended.

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  • Mr
  • 18-07-2017

Interesting but...

...A little hard to follow at times and the pace didn't work well for me. The readers accent was unusual but you quickly get used to it, remembering names was a challenge.

More like a good piece of journalism, the book definitely has value and with a different setup could be riveting.

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  • Faye
  • 11-10-2015

good honest account

interesting story which came across very honest with the author admitting to all his bad deeds aa well as his good ones that followed, I personally feel for all his efforts he has not been rewarded or treated nor protected adequately by the government agencies who he helped so much to catch terrorists, gripping story too, highly recommended x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-2019

Great book terrible narrator

A incredible story with twists and turns. The narrator is awful. The accents are terrible. His Arabic pronunciation is embarrassing. Really makes it a difficult book to listen to.

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  • beeneindorf2
  • 19-03-2019

fascinating story.

well worth reading/ listening to for an insight to extremist jihadis. definitely eye opening, and very interesting.

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  • Gray Wilton
  • 23-08-2018

Great story

i really enjoyed thos book and never wanted to stop listening to the book.

my only complaint are the English accents were terrible.

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  • James Abernethy
  • 25-08-2020

A captivating eye opener

Wow on everything! I heard about this book from a youtuber I follow and it was a little different than I expected. A deep and fascinating look into the world of extremism and counterterrorism. This book goes deep into the life of Morten Storm, his early life, radicalisation and his work with government agencies. It is honest about the darkness in all these aspects. The only aspect which I wish was expanded on more was the motivations of his deradicalization. Sometime large event can be epiphanies and are difficult to quantify, but this was no reason to mark it down. Well constructed and well told. The Narrator does have an accent but his is very clear and give so much character to the man who's story he is telling as well as gives a voice to the other players involved

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  • Chris Petch
  • 09-09-2019

Good but......

the story/ content was fantastic but let down by the narrator. Perhaps unfair but I'm very glad I persevered as it's an amazing tale.

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  • Neil Hollingworth
  • 31-01-2018

Detailed and intense excellence

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!

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  • Andy
  • 27-01-2018

Brilliant!

Very enjoyable book, and well written. leaves me wondering where Storm is now and what he's doing.

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  • Craig
  • 07-09-2017

a great listen and highly recommend

It's a book that grips you from start to finish, Great twists and turns throughout
Highly recommend

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