©2003 Bryan Burrough and John Helyar; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"A superlative book...steadily builds suspense until the very end." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
The book has lost a lot in transcription, the original is far too heavily abridged. It is too linear, and has lost a lot of its journalistic depth. The book itself, however, is an absolute must.
I have read the full book at least three times. This was a good abridgment but not perfect. The personalities never really got developed completely and the stories that really demonstrated Ross Johnson's extravagance (the dog at the golf tournament) didn't make the cut. If you have read the book you will enjoy this version.
I am surprise to find out that the audiobook was a cut-down version from the original book. No wonder it is only 3 hour long. I am abit disappointed..
Great authors don't necessarily make great narrators . These two chop and change swapping between them and one slightly better than the other. Would have been much easier to listen to with a professional narrator.
This is stated as one of the all time greats, but after reading it seems the story dosnot come out in an abridged version. Not worth the credits to use on this one.
It's only 3 hours long and the narration (done by the authors) is poor at best.
Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.
Yes. I would have been happier to have spent some more time infact. A 4-5 hour audiobook would have been better, I think.
Way too fast. Cannot blame him alone, I suppose this is a heavily abridged version, and the narrator had to do with what was given to him. But especially with the bids, I believe a bit more of elaboration would have helped.
It must have been already. Would be irresistable.
The content was interesting and was boiled down so non-financial wizards could understand the intricacies of this world. However, I found the performance lackluster.
Harbinger of Books
This audiobook gives details of the RJR Nabisco leveraged buyout. It is a decent read because it gives shape to the story of how greed and shortsightedness contributed to probably one of the most poorly done managed corporate takeover in history. I think the authors did a really good job of covering all aspects of this story, at times it brings home the meaning of fact can be stranger than fiction.
I am glad I got the abridged version because I bet the unabridged version was just full of details that I was not necessarily into. I must admit the reader kind of blew it for me. At times it felt like he was rushing to the end and at times it was to monotoned for me. Not to mention I could hear breathing gaps.
It's a very good story.
A great listen to one of the biggest, most chased business deals ever.
Reads more like a fiction novel than a business book.
A case of history repeating itself. A good general cautionary tale for the business world!
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