S4 E17: Carolyn Forché, Eric O’Neill, and Evan Ratliff

In this episode meet Carolyn Forché, author of What You Have Heard Is True; Eric O’Neill, author of Gray Day; and Evan Ratliff, author of The Mastermind. These authors reveal personal truths, undercover spy stories, and dark secrets in their riveting audiobooks. Hear the truth about what it was like to record…including which author had trouble pronouncing United States over and over again.

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What You Have Heard Is True

Carolyn Forché is twenty-seven when the mysterious stranger appears on her doorstep. She’s heard rumors from her friend about who he might be: a lone wolf, a communist, a CIA operative, a sharpshooter, a revolutionary, a small coffee farmer, but according to her, no one seemed to know for certain. Captivated for reasons she doesn’t fully understand, she accepts his invitation to go with him to El Salvador and becomes enmeshed in something beyond her comprehension.

“Forché offers up a vast human landscape of terror, desperation and perseverance that stretches far beyond mere borders. It’s more documentary than self-portrait, more camera than mirror. Reading it will change you, perhaps forever.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Gray Day
Author: Eric O'Neill
Read By: Eric O'Neill

A cybersecurity expert and former FBI “ghost” tells the thrilling story of how he helped take down notorious FBI mole Robert Hanssen, the first Russian cyber spy.

“If Robert Ludlum spitballed an espionage story with a Russian hacker, they might have conjured up with something as wild and riveting as GRAY DAY. Except that this yarn, incredibly, is true. An enthralling spy tale that feels ever more relevant with each passing day.” —Dave Howard, author of Chasing Phil: The Adventures of Two Undercover Agents with the World’s Most Charming Con Man

The Mastermind
Author: Evan Ratliff
Read By: Evan Ratliff

The incredible true story of the decade-long quest to bring down Paul Le Roux—the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel who merged the ruthlessness of a drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

“With his relentless and fearless reporting, Evan Ratliff has pried open a hidden world filled with high-tech gangsters and drug kingpins and double-crossers and stone-cold hitmen. The story is as fascinating as it is terrifying, and it is one that will hold you in its grip.” —David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon

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