Most definitely. Not only is the book thoroughly researched, but coupled with the writing of McLean and Nocera and Boutsikaris' narration, makes this a remarkable read. I felt like a fly on the wall. Just excellent.
I've listened to many books narrated by Boutsikaris and I'm pretty sure he could make the audio version of the white pages compelling.
Game Change is such an engrossing look at the behind-the-scenes of the 2008 presidential election. The book brought to life what we the American public saw splashed on the screen lo those many months.
The other book I would compare Game Change to is Conspiracy of Fools by Eichenwald because of the richness and depth of the reporting and the painstaking measures which the authors took to tell the whole story.
Love Dennis Boutsikaris. His intonations and his vocal fry when reading quotes from Bill Clinton - priceless. I could listen all day and all night. The best!
The personalities is what I thought was most interesting. The insecurities and the back-and-forth. I just loves it all.
I thoroughly enjoyed, "The Smartest Guys in the Room". The book was detailed and meticulously narrated. For those who want more than a Wikipedia-like primer on Enron, this is the book you've waited for.
This is a book you need to listen to in parts. There's no way you could listen (retain and understand) all the shenanigans the senior executives engaged in at Enron. I found myself listening and rewinding chapters, so that no detail escaped. Whether I listened once, twice or three times, I was completely hooked.
A great read! If you're looking for a read detailing the experiences of the traders or mid-level management - you won't find it here. I would have also liked a detailing of the incredible and indulgent overspending by Enron executives - you do get an idea of the excess.It's so amazing what can happen when a few turn the other way or actively collaborate to obfuscate the truth in an effort to achieve wealth. It's even more interesting to read this knowing what was coming down the financial pike some 6 to 7 years later. Enron is an eerie reminder of what greed unchecked can sew.
As Madoff inched closer and closer which be inevitably be the end of his scheme, I was completely engrossed in the story. I was utterly enthralled and horrified as the layers of Madoff's scheme started to unravel.
I really loved this listen. The material was very detailed, but fascinating. I would get lost for hours in the Madoff scheme, with each antic becoming even more horrified as he hurtled towards the end and by the fate of those he brought down with him.
I would highly recommend.
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