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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (165 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Radden Keefe Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN: 9781415922798
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In Chatter, Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the international eavesdropping alliance known as Echelon, sorting facts from conspiracy theories to determine just how much privacy Americans unknowingly sacrifice in the name of greater security. Keefe’s riveting investigation moves from a secret listening station in England’s Yorkshire moors to the intelligence bureaucracies of Washington and London; from an abandoned National Security Agency base hidden in the mountains of North Carolina to the European Parliament in Brussels.

Along the way Keefe meets intelligence eavesdroppers who listen in on other people’s private conversations, protestors who believe that systems like Echelon will end privacy as we know it, former senators who feel American intelligence operates without any effective legislative oversight, and the journalists who brought Echelon to light. As the struggle between national security and civil liberties becomes ever more pronounced against a backdrop of global terrorism, Chatter is sure to fire debate.                            

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 8/22/2013

    " Do you believe your government listens in on you? Well a lot more than you may think. Illegal? yes but the NSA and it's partners do it as a matter of course. All your e-mails all of your phone calls, your faxes, and your text messages. A wake up call written clearly and objectively. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/16/2013

    " Holy crap reading that was prescient right before the NSA domestic spying scandal. Really interesting stuff, not especially detailed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Stoll | 12/12/2012

    " Interesting and balanced overview of SIGINT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 8/15/2012

    " Good companion to Bamford's Body of Secrets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Martin | 7/23/2012

    " Good technical update in the line of Kahn and Bamford. Read Agee, Stockwell, Edwin Black for the real wold consequences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will Byrnes | 7/15/2012

    " The search for Echelon, a fabled system that supposedly sees all, hears all, by a young law student in the UK. This is a look at the NSA and its facilities across the globe, the interactions between NSA and the agencies of other nations. An excellent first book by a promising new investigator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/15/2012

    " I'm listening to this book when I run, and it's really keeping me distracted from the agony of running on a treadmill. It's filled with the world of spies -- eavesdropping, interceptions, codes, and secrets. I really like learning about that sort of stuff, so it's a pleasure to read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheldon | 4/1/2012

    " Interesting quasi-history of the "listening" game. If you are into the intelligence world / stories you'll probably like this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M0rfeus | 2/2/2012

    " too liberal in outlook. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 1/6/2012

    " A little boring but the author did a good bit of research on the different eavesdropping installations around the world to put this book together. Since the material is based on research, and related news stories, it barely starts to scratch the surface of SIGINT but still has some good info. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Piper | 11/29/2011

    " Exceptionally well written. Insightful. A look into signal intelligence capturing by the Anglo alliance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 8/17/2011

    " This was a very interesting book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 1/10/2011

    " A little boring but the author did a good bit of research on the different eavesdropping installations around the world to put this book together. Since the material is based on research, and related news stories, it barely starts to scratch the surface of SIGINT but still has some good info. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 9/12/2009

    " Good companion to Bamford's Body of Secrets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 3/3/2009

    " I'm listening to this book when I run, and it's really keeping me distracted from the agony of running on a treadmill. It's filled with the world of spies -- eavesdropping, interceptions, codes, and secrets. I really like learning about that sort of stuff, so it's a pleasure to read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Weavre | 1/8/2009

    " Another, "Hey, I've read that!" I knew next to nothing about Menwith Hill, etc., before reading this. It was a fascinating read.

    OST NON-FICTION ADULT STK 327.127 KEE "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 11/1/2008

    " The search for Echelon, a fabled system that supposedly sees all, hears all, by a young law student in the UK. This is a look at the NSA and its facilities across the globe, the interactions between NSA and the agencies of other nations. An excellent first book by a promising new investigator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/27/2008

    " Do you believe your government listens in on you? Well a lot more than you may think. Illegal? yes but the NSA and it's partners do it as a matter of course. All your e-mails all of your phone calls, your faxes, and your text messages. A wake up call written clearly and objectively. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 9/22/2007

    " Holy crap reading that was prescient right before the NSA domestic spying scandal. Really interesting stuff, not especially detailed "

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About the Author
Author Patrick Radden KeefePATRICK RADDEN KEEFE is a fellow at The Century Foundation and the author of Chatter. He is a graduate of Columbia College, Cambridge University, the London School of Economics, and Yale Law School, and the recipient of a Marshall Scholarship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, Slate, and many other publications, he is also a frequent commentator on NPR, the BBC, and CNN.
About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.