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Joel

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  • The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, the Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Frank Partnoy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    At the height of the roaring 20s, Swedish émigré Ivar Kreuger made a fortune raising money in America and loaning it to Europe in exchange for matchstick monopolies. His enterprise was a rare success story throughout the Great Depression. Yet after Kreuger's suicide in 1932, the true nature of his empire emerged.

    Donovan G. Rinker says: "excellent Depression era history-biography"
    "Colorless and tiresome"
    Overall

    I'm sure the story of the rise and fall of Ivar Kreuger's financial empire was full of interest, but this telling seems terribly bland. If you are really interested in Ivar Kreuger's story, I suppose it would do. But it seems tiresome, bland and remote.

    This is exacerbated by L. J. Ganser's reading, which was flat and uninspired. I've heard two books narrated by Ganser, and I have found his narration in both lacking in flavor.

    If you are interested in a story of financial shennangians with colorful character, try "Ponzi's Scheme" by Mitchell Zuckoff and narrated by Grover Gardner.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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