• It's What I Do

  • A Photographer's Life of Love and War
  • By: Lynsey Addario
  • Narrated by: Lynsey Addario
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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By: Lynsey Addario
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Publisher's Summary

Lynsey Addario is just finding her way as a photographer when September 11th changes the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, when she is asked to return and cover the American invasion, she makes a decision - not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.

Addario travels with purpose and bravery, photographing the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War and the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.

As a woman photojournalist, Addario is determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers. She fights her way into a boys' club of a profession, and once there, rather than choose between her personal life and her career, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance.

Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of society. It's What I Do is more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines; it bears witness to the human cost of war.

©2015 Lynsey Addario (P)2016 Bolinda
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Naive, one-sided, self-obsessed, boringly read

This reads like a self-obsessed careerists account of her thrill-seeking chase for ever more images from war. Notably she never much reflects on the impact of her images, her presence in these wars, being embedded in the military and thus not really free to work self-directedly or anything of the sort. The low point is her epiphany how badly palestinians might be treated in Israeli checkpoints. Really? After years of journalism it has to happen to yourself for you to appreciate it?

Now I of course don’t know Ms. Addario personally, just saying what it reads like. It’s a shame really. This could have been more interesting and engaging and also a little more journalistically critical. Instead it reads like a Hollywood-version of war and war photography, which it‘s incidentally set to become.

No more for me please. Not watching the no doubt dumb movie. Thanks for nothing.

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  • Kane hr
  • 01-15-20

inspiring

I've been after a book from a photographer for some time and this is one of the best. I'm truly inspired by the work and commitment that Lynsey has written in this book. this is a must read for fellow photographers.

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  • Cerebum
  • 12-19-19

not as good as it should have been

I bought this because I am a photographer and was hoping to get a methodological insight but there was nothing about how her pictures were taken. as a story, this has all the ingredients for a moving account that will stay with you and even change your outlook on humanity, but it fails on both counts. there was neither tension nor emotion. the narration was flat throughout and this killed it stone dead! the story in paper form, supported by her pictures is quite possibly excellent but this audible version is one to avoid!

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  • Paul
  • 06-03-22

Gripping stuff- one of those listen in one go books

Wonderful book and amazing story, admittedly I listened at 1.5 speed because the author reads quiet slowly and is rather monotone- but the book is compelling and the story remarkable

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  • Miss W.
  • 05-04-22

An amazing, captivating account of life as a female photographer on the front line

This book captivated me from the beginning- read by the narrator and in this instance it really immerses you fully into the experience. I recommend this book to Any photographer - female or otherwise, or anyone interested in a life full of challenges, both the protagonists and that of her subjects worldwide who lived through the horrors of war

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  • ursch
  • 11-01-21

So amazing!

What an incredible woman and book. Every chapter left me wanting to know more, to dive deeper into each story.

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  • Lindsay Watson
  • 12-27-19

Amazing

I absolutly loved this book. Fascinating hearing Lynsey tell her story of courage and determination. I could not put this book down.

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  • mila
  • 05-18-18

amazing storytelling incredible woman

loved every minute of it ; will definitely recommend it and can't wait for the 'of love and war'

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  • Kieren Geaney
  • 05-03-18

Edge of the seat stuff

After watching the Chris Hondros documentary at London's Frontier club, I wanted to seek further insight into the photojournalist career. This book doesn't disappoint and there are many situations where I am scared for the author. The bravery people like Linsey show to document a story is beyond my comprehension. Telling the story can and does inactive political change and can help those that need it most. I enjoyed the book all the way through and appreciate the author narration. Recommended.

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  • 04-17-22

A life inspired

Strong courageous female, talented photographer and compassionate storyteller.
This book tells the story of a conflict photographer who seeks out the human cost of violence in oppressive countries.
An insider look of life as a photo journalist.