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The Prize Audiobook

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

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Publisher's Summary

The Prize recounts the panoramic history of oil, and the struggle for wealth and power that has always surrounded oil. This struggle has shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, and transformed the destiny of men and nations.

The Prize is as much a history of the 20th-century as of the oil industry itself. The canvas of this history is enormous - from the drilling of the first well in Pennsylvania through two great world wars to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm.

The cast extends from wildcrafters and rogues to oil tycoons, and from Winston Churchill and Ibn Saud to George Bush and Saddam Hussein.

The definitive work on the subject of oil and a major contribution to understanding our century, The Prize is a book of extraordinary breadth, riveting excitement--and great importance.

©1993 Daniel Yergin; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster

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Pulitzer Prize, General Non-Fiction, 1992

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    Ryan Bailey 08-02-12
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    There is so much in the book that listening to this abridged version seemed cheap and I finished it feeling very frustrated. I wouldn't hestitate to buy an unabridged version. Better there is no version than something as pathetic as this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Van 10-18-09
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    "Relatively boring"

    I found it hard to concentrate and listen to the book. The pace is quite quick in summing up historical events in the oil industry. It lacks a bit of coherence and behind the scenes analysis.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Niall Helsinki, Finland 03-23-10
    Niall Helsinki, Finland 03-23-10
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    "Utterly dull and dreadful"

    Hugely interested in global macroeconimics and politices. Hugely disappointed by this snooze of a listen.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Shehan 08-27-16
    Jim Shehan 08-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed with an abridged version"

    The book seems great but it's really unfortunate that only the abridged version is available.

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    Amazon Customer 08-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "How we got here"

    A must read for anyone in the Energy industry. This is the history of the industry.

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    GFN 04-17-16
    GFN 04-17-16

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    "Does not do justice to an otherwise great book."

    This abridged version is a very short summary to an otherwise great book. Recommend reading the latter if you have the time.

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    Fahmi 04-17-16
    Fahmi 04-17-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Compared to the book - this is major disappointment"

    This is barely related to the actual book - it took me a whole chapter to realize that the book started and it wasn't just an extract !!! No point in getting this audible if you want the full and proper story . The audible version is basically a summary of gulf / Persian oil and related politics.

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    Tulio Perez 04-13-16
    Tulio Perez 04-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Too shortened"

    Very abridged compared to the book. Missing many of the best back stories. Still very interesting!

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    Peter t Hanzelka 02-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "good but way too abridged"

    excellent material but only like 2-3 chapters more like a sample than a full book

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    Eric Smith 01-24-16
    Eric Smith 01-24-16
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    "Abridged do not buy!"

    This is an excellent book - don't waste your money on this version as it is heavily abridged!

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