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  • The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jason Kelly
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    What do Dunkin' Donuts, J. Crew, Toys "R" Us, and Burger King have in common? They are all currently or just recently were owned, operated, and controlled by private equity firms. The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything takes the listener behind the scenes of these firms: their famous billionaire founders, the overlapping stories of their creation and evolution, and the outsized ambitions that led a group of clever bankers from small shops into powerhouse titans of capital.

    Arman says: "Enjoyable story, not so enjoyable narration"
    "Enjoyable story, not so enjoyable narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The New Tycoons to be better than the print version?

    No. I found the narration to be a little unnatural, as if it was generated by a computer. I have listened to Brett Barry's other sample recordings and found them to be similarly start-stop. Sometimes I wondered if the narrator was actually aware of the sentence structure of what he was speaking, or just saying the words as they appeared on the page without much thought to how they would be spoken in conversation.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brett Barry’s performances?

    Probably not, since I felt that the narration somewhat detracted from the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is not that kind of book!


    Any additional comments?

    Again, I just think the narration was dry and digital. I feel bad writing this in case it really was a genuine narration, but I seriously wonder whether it was just narrated by a computer using Brett Barry's voice samples...

    As for the book itself; it's interesting and complete enough to build an interesting and engaging story. I would certainly recommend the print book to anyone.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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