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Barbarians at the Gate Audiobook

Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco

Barbarians at the Gate has been called one of the most influential business books of all time, the definitive account of the largest takeover in Wall Street history. Bryan Burrough's and John Helyer's account of the frenzy that overtook Wall Street in October and November of 1988 gives us not only a detailed look at financial operations at the highest levels but a richly textured social history of wealth in the twilight of the Reagan era.
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Publisher's Summary

Barbarians at the Gate has been called one of the most influential business books of all time, the definitive account of the largest takeover in Wall Street history. Bryan Burrough's and John Helyer's account of the frenzy that overtook Wall Street in October and November of 1988 is the story of dealmakers and publicity flaks, of strategy meetings and society dinners, of boardrooms and balls. It gives us not only a detailed look at financial operations at the highest levels but a richly textured social history of wealth in the twilight of the Reagan era.

©2003 Bryan Burrough and John Helyar; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"A superlative book...steadily builds suspense until the very end." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

What Members Say

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    Cheimon New York, NY USA 11-17-07
    Cheimon New York, NY USA 11-17-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book, not so great audiobook"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jake PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, United States 01-24-13
    Jake PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, United States 01-24-13
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    "Abridged and Poorly Read"
    What disappointed you about Barbarians at the Gate?

    It's only 3 hours long and the narration (done by the authors) is poor at best.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Westminster, CA, USA 10-14-07
    Lynn Westminster, CA, USA 10-14-07 Member Since 2004
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    "A little too brief"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tze Ming SerembanMalaysia 09-13-07
    Tze Ming SerembanMalaysia 09-13-07
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    "simplified"

    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..

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dane Pieri 02-03-16
    Dane Pieri 02-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Unabridged version would have been better."

    Fascinating story. It went by so quickly that I'm sure it left out a lot of details that I would have liked to learn about. I wish Audible had an unabridged version.

    The readers are pretty bad, especially one because he read so fast I had to listen at 0.75 speed.

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    Steve 09-24-15
    Steve 09-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Inciteful"

    This book gives a good look at how the big players in corporate America conduct business in the takeover game.

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    Ryan S. Buckmaster 07-22-15
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    "A must listen/read"

    Filled with details. Provides a great understanding of the private equity/mergers and acquisitions world. Also very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Perth Phil 04-10-15
    Perth Phil 04-10-15

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    "Interesting story, frustrating narration."

    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.

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    Al San Francisco, CA 07-14-13
    Al San Francisco, CA 07-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Abridged version does not build enough story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shom Hyderabad, India 01-02-13
    Shom Hyderabad, India 01-02-13 Member Since 2014

    Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.

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    "Not bad, but I am sure the book will be better"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I would have been happier to have spent some more time infact. A 4-5 hour audiobook would have been better, I think.


    What didn’t you like about John Helyar’s performance?

    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.


    Could you see Barbarians at the Gate being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It must have been already. Would be irresistable.


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    "Relevant Today"

    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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