I found it hard to concentrate and listen to the book. The pace is quite quick in summing up historical events in the oil industry. It lacks a bit of coherence and behind the scenes analysis.
A longer version
You shouldn't take a book like this and condense it like this. Shame
If this book would have had some more description about how little from the original it strayed I would have been happier. All it says is "abridged" it doesn't say that its missing 75% of hte book
He did just fine. Its you POS at Audible.
the 25% of the original book was great. It was read in a very mono-toned voice but it was good.
Please add more descriptions on your books especially when a 900+ page is condensed to less than 3 hours.
Not if it an abridged version...
I should've paid attention to how many hours were on tape.
This was horribly short, and frankly, I don't even think it was worth my one credit on Audible.com. Very disappointed.
This was a great book and the audiobook certainly does it justice. If you want to hear about the intrigues of oil from the 60s into the 90s, then this is a great listen for you.
The beginning (first hour or so) is the most abridged part, so if you aren't familiar with the history at all, it might be worth listening to twice since a lot happens.
Overall, this is one of the better purchases I have made.
This book mentions a number of people and provides a few vignettes about them, but the abridged nature of the audiobook doesn't let you follow their progression for very long.
No complaints here.
This book will neither make you laugh nor cry, but it does give you some excellent information about the development of world oil: oil exploration, oil contracts, oil personalities.
I had read this book a number of years ago, so I mainly got the abridged audiobook to jog my memory a bit. It was well worth the price I paid, however, a lot of the fascinating stories that were in the book got cut out (particularly about the early development of the oil business - with crazy deals and even crazier characters: Samuel, Teague, Gulbenkian, etc.).
Still, if you are interested in these stories, there is a great PBS mini-series called "The Prize" that captures all of that very well.
If you want more recent information on energy markets, I suggest getting Yergin's latest book, "The Quest".
Very interesting review of events like the oil embargo and international relations before and after this episode. Gave me some new insights regarding the economy, politics, and the risks of being dependent on another country.
The Prize is the most enlightening book I've every read on the importantance of oil to our economy.
The most compelling aspect of the book to me is how the use of oil, availability of oil, and the technoloy used to produce oil, have changed since the 1850s. I learned how oil drives the engine of global prosperity.
Listening to Bob Jamieson read the Prize to me enables me to enjoy the book far more often then if I had to read it in written form. I can listen to it while I do other activities such as exercise, work, or simply relax.
The book has helped me to understand, and be aware of the importance of oil to the global economy in a way that nothing else has before.
I believe every thinking American should read this book.
This is a unique book about a rather complex topic. It reads like a thriller and I didn't want to stop listening. Daniel Yergin is really a master in making these topics accessible, with a good written story.
I prefer the unabridged editiion but it wasn't available from Audible--my reason for 4 rather than 5. Having said that, the couple of hours spent with this book gave a superb 20th century history of OIL. Everyone should devote some time to this subject. (I am presently listening to Yergin's follow-up book, the Quest, which is equally as good.