Definitely. It is under an hour, and that even includes a funny little interlude of someone in the 1940s explaining the novel's relevance. I highly enjoyed the classic radio sounds of people walking and breaking things, too.
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".
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