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4.0603125 out of 54.0603125 out of 54.0603125 out of 54.0603125 out of 54.0603125 out of 5 4.06 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Omar Nasiri Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN: 9781400173402
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For the first time, a first person account of life inside the Jihad... This is a detailed portrait of the complex man who fought on both sides. From Europe's burgeoning terrorist underground in the 1990s, to the training camps of Afghanistan, to the radical mosques of London, Omar Nasiri offers a unique and chilling perspective, on both the rise of Al Qaeda, and the intelligence services that struggled to contain it. Inside the Jihad is the story of a double agent operative working for UK and French intelligence in infiltrating Al Qaeda training camps. During his time in the camps, Nasiri met all of the top terrorist leaders-including Osama Bin Laden-and engaged in a wide range of illegal activities. Strikingly well-written and gripping, Inside the Jihad is a terrifying, suspenseful read. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Inside the Jihad reads like a John le Carre novel. It is replete with tales of phony passports, envelopes stuffed with cash and cloak-and-dagger meetings…Mr. Nasiri’s account of the camps is detailed and chilling.”

    New York Times

  • Lloyd James's presentation is clear and well matched to the subject matter. AudioFile
  • “Lloyd James’s presentation is clear and well matched to the subject matter.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda I | 2/6/2014

    " Insightful, compelling and very well-written. I couldn't put the story down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirl | 2/1/2014

    " I thought this was a good look at the spy world from an opposing side. I also thought it was a telling glimpse into a much more sophisticated network focused on learning all they can in order to be successful at bringing down their enemy. The book expresses how driven these networks of men are. They are funded, committed, and convinced of their mission, yet disenfranchised from their own countries in pursuit of their jihad. No questions this was an informative book, and chilling as Nasiri goes into great detail about the training of these al qaeda men. I certainly read the book feeling alarmed as one by one assumptions I had about Al Qaeda's sophistication fell to the wayside. This book is an education, and it is a warning. I'll leave it to you to decide on it's authenticity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holland G | 1/6/2014

    " This is a very good read! The first third is about the authors life growing up and the events that led him to become a secret agent of the French Intelligence. The 2nd third is about his days inside the jihad and is very good too. The last part is about his life in London trying to infiltrate the various cells in the British capital. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 12/13/2013

    " I found this book quite interesting. I'm impressed with Omar's bravery to do what he did. I enjoyed his writing style overall and found myself really getting in to the story just when it ended. It felt like the ending was pretty abrupt and I would've liked to hear what happened in his life from that point forward. Perhaps a second installment? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harman | 12/10/2013

    " Highly recommended! Details not money but determination can help you do whatever you want to do...eye opening accounts of how whole network works in the back-end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Mcelgunn | 12/4/2013

    " A stunning account of the methods and training that goes on in Al Quaeda. The account of the only person known to have penetrated the terrorist network and who left and lived to tell about it. Told in a matter of fact way this tale is, frankly, chilling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tawnee | 11/24/2013

    " This was a fasinating book...very interesting look inside thier heads, explained more then I ever wanted to know! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hurston | 11/14/2013

    " A very interesting peak into the mind of a person who infiltrated Afghani terrorist training camps in his own personal Jihad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 11/11/2013

    " Fascinating tale of a Moroccan Muslim living in Brussels and how he came to infiltrate al-Qaeda and attend one of their training camps in Afghanistan. This book completely blew me away and really reveals how badly America was hated before George W. Bush was president. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rcowden | 10/17/2013

    " Describes the life of an informant who infiltrated al-Qaeda and other terror cells in Europe, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 7/10/2013

    " The clunky writing does not detract from an otherwise compelling, insightful story. I would recommend this to anyone interested in Afghanistan and European intelligence agencies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tbone | 5/29/2013

    " This is an excellent book on how first of all this dude even became a spy. He wasn't looking to become a spy lets say. Next it's great on an insight into terrorism. Whats really going on and how good their training actually is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 5/1/2013

    " Very good book. One you can't put down. Great insight into Jihadists and it reads like a Bourne novel. I liked it a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tia | 4/22/2013

    " Interesting look at a mujahaddin pre-911. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Beck | 3/24/2013

    " When I read this it changed my view of who terrorist jihadis were versus the image painted by mainstream media. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonny | 3/19/2013

    " The pages fly off this book. The experiences are incredible, although sometimes I questions the authenticity of the writer. But he is soooo conflicted you and the writer both don't know what he is doing. Awesome read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/16/2013

    " Interesting. Lots of names that are very similar but an enlightening book (look back and list of characters often!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger | 2/16/2013

    " A really interesting book that gives a different view of a Muslim's jihad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 1/30/2013

    " An inside perspective "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 10/26/2012

    " Anyone really interested to know what it's like to be in the intelligence community, and what really happens at those camps in Afghanistan you MUST read this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ima - | 1/13/2012

    " Sbg muslim, buku ini mengajak gw utk berpikir obyektif terhadap para teroris yg mengatasnamakan islam "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eli | 12/2/2011

    " A fascinating portrait of the internal culture of the nascent global jihad, despite the author's somewhat petulant tone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 qais zaheri | 9/9/2011

    " this is a very interesting book. i love it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 3/7/2011

    " An interesting book and fun to read. That said, I found myself questioning the truthfulness of the author. He appears to be at heart an opportunist and not at all committed to anything...in short a user in every since of the word. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 2/25/2011

    " I was at times fascinated by this book. I can't believe some of the things this guy did and remained alive. It's a good insight to the mind of a modern Muslim. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magda | 12/17/2010

    " I learned a lot while reading the book. The insider story was believable and insightful. This book introduced me to many aspects of Islam and was the start for me to read more about the Islam. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 9/3/2010

    " At the beginning and throughout I was always on my toes as to whether or not I actually trusted what he was telling me. I often wondered who's side he is on. I read this for a class. Informative for the ambiguity of the author's motives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tejkang | 11/6/2009

    " a story of a spy. it is a fascinating tale of a spy who went through different phases of life. it shows you inside picture of how Al Qaeda works. interesting read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianbaldinger | 9/14/2009

    " A look inside the training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan, from someone who trained there. Insane, gave me some perspective that you just can't get. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 8/16/2009

    " Anyone really interested to know what it's like to be in the intelligence community, and what really happens at those camps in Afghanistan you MUST read this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 6/5/2009

    " Fascinating tale of a Moroccan Muslim living in Brussels and how he came to infiltrate al-Qaeda and attend one of their training camps in Afghanistan. This book completely blew me away and really reveals how badly America was hated before George W. Bush was president. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geoff | 4/29/2009

    " This was a very slow reading book. It was interesting. "

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About the Author

Omar Nasiri is the pseudonym of a Moroccan spy who infiltrated al-Qaeda, attending training camps in Afghanistan and passing information to the UK and French intelligence services. Inside the Jihad: My Life With Al Qaeda, A Spy’s Story is his first book.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.