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THE BIN LADENS An Arabian Family in the American Century

by | Read by Erik Singer

Biography & Memoir • 11 hrs. • Abridged • © 2008

How do you keep a nonfiction audio that spans three generations and four continents worth hearing? First, you find a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who knows how to blend story, fact, and politics into readability. Like Steve Coll. Then you find a reader who keeps the narration moving, emphasizes the historical drama, and delivers Saudi names, titles, and places seamlessly. Like Erik Singer. Beginning with the family patriarch, Mohammed, the book traces how his poverty in the southern Yemen desert and menial Saudi jobs ended in engineering feats and a fortune for the 50 children he leaves behind to carry on the bin Laden traditions. Some are in Saudi telecommunications and construction, others in real estate around the world, and one is incubating a cult of martyrdom in Afghanistan. S.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2008]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Penguin Audio • 2008

CD ISBN 9780143143239 $39.95 • Nine CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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