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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

What the Critics Say

Pulitzer Prize, General Non-Fiction, 1992

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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 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Bailey 08-02-12
    Ryan Bailey 08-02-12 Member Since 2016
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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
    Van 10-18-09 Member Since 2014
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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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    GFN Washington, DC United States 04-17-16
    GFN Washington, DC United States 04-17-16 Member Since 2015

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stanislav Sultangirov 12-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Must return."
    What disappointed you about The Prize?

    After listening the book for 5 minutes decided to return. Get the actual book instead. This is a waste of three hours u could spend on better delivery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rob P. 11-21-15
    Rob P. 11-21-15 Listener Since 2006
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    "Too abridged to deserve the title"
    What would have made The Prize better?

    I didn't notice that this was a 2.5 hour super-abridged version. The audio book has 4 chapters, whereas the book has 38. And those 4 chapters start in the 1970's, not 1869 like the book. It completely skips about the first 100 years of the oil industry. If you want' recent history, just read/listen to "The Quest" which is the successor book. That audio version is unabridged.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Yergin’s story?

    that 90% of it wasn't included!


    Have you listened to any of Bob Jamieson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes, the performance is good


    Any additional comments?

    relabel this as "a summarized version of part of the book"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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