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The Boom Audiobook

The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

Russell Gold, a brilliant and dogged investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal, has spent more than a decade reporting on one of the biggest stories of our time: the spectacular, world-changing rise of "fracking". Recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award for his work, Gold has traveled along the pipelines and into the hubs of this country’s energy infrastructure; he has visited frack sites from Texas to North Dakota; and he has conducted thousands of interviews with engineers and wildcatters, CEOs and roughnecks, environmentalists and politicians.
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Russell Gold, a brilliant and dogged investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal, has spent more than a decade reporting on one of the biggest stories of our time: the spectacular, world-changing rise of "fracking". Recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award for his work, Gold has traveled along the pipelines and into the hubs of this country’s energy infrastructure; he has visited frack sites from Texas to North Dakota; and he has conducted thousands of interviews with engineers and wildcatters, CEOs and roughnecks, environmentalists and politicians. He has also sifted through reams of engineering reports, lawsuit transcripts, and financial filings. The result is an essential audiobook - a commanding piece of journalism, an astounding study of human ingenuity, and an epic work of storytelling.

Fracking has vociferous critics and fervent defenders, but the debate between these camps has obscured the actual story: Fracking has become a fixture of the American landscape and the global economy. It has upended the business models of energy companies around the globe, and it has started to change geopolitics and global energy markets in profound ways. Gold tells the story of this once-obscure oilfield technology - a story with an incredible cast of tycoons and geologists, dreamers and drillers, speculators and skeptics, a story that answers a critical question of our time: Where will the energy come from to power our world - and what price will we have to pay for it?

©2014 Russell Gold (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA United States 05-28-14
    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Somehow the author manages to stay balanced"

    I know that being "balanced" on fracking is next to impossible, but he somehow manages it, and gives plenty of lovely info and anecdotes. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. McCracken Houston, TX United States 06-10-15
    D. McCracken Houston, TX United States 06-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Exceeded all expectations"

    I was expecting a jaded anti hydraulic fracturing story but what I found was a balanced, fascinating book. As an energy industry member I'm familiar with the technology but I really enjoyed how the business of oil was woven into the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Kugelman Virginia, USA 03-29-15
    Paul Kugelman Virginia, USA 03-29-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent overview of fracking"

    I highly recommend this for anyone with an interest on the history and impacts of hydraulic fracturing. Well written and well read. This gives an excellent overview of the history of fracing/fracking by personalities and through science. It also provides a balanced perspective on the impacts - both environmental and economic.

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    Frank 03-20-15
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    "Reader can't pronounce Schlumberger or Total"

    The producer and reader both need to rework this production and pronounce the names of French companies correctly.

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    "balanced, but not great"

    Gives a pretty fair analysis I guess, but gets unnecessarily preoccupied with specific people or details for long stretches. Some of the anecdotes are interesting, but I probably won't listen again.

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    Elliott 01-09-16
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    "Fantastic first 2/3 or 4/5 and then ..."
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    A great story well told up until the last 2 hours or so. I fully agree with another reviewer who made the same comments. Witty dialog, interesting technically, and then it morphs into another type of story, ok, but certainly not satisfying. The reader, Ray Porter is to be commended. Great voices and does females in a convincing manner. One of the best readers I've heard since Jim Dale and George Guidall.

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    D.J.S. 12-24-14
    D.J.S. 12-24-14 Member Since 2014

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    "a decent read-for there resource abundant days"
    Would you listen to The Boom again? Why?

    The author maps how we got where we are today in the oil and natural gas fields.He does so without mentioning that the discovery of oil saved the whales or the difficulties of running pipelines in Alaska or the Chesapeake in an otherwise impartial pov.


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    Good book a little dated with the recent changes in energy.

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    Patricia 08-11-15
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    "Really 125 characters are needed?"

    Informative level of detail. Clear picture Of economics behind the boom. A little more detail on both sides of the environmental issue would have been a plus.
    The input user interface for this review needs improvement.

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    cdwise 04-10-15
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    "Too anti carbon"

    Good stuff. A bit too focused on McClendon and Mitchell, but he. Includes other pioneers. Gold has drunk the Catastrophic Global Warming cool aid. And performer should learn to pronounce Schlumberger correctly.

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    stephen 06-11-14
    stephen 06-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "poor read"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a more indepth look of this topoic


    What could Russell Gold have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    taken longer over the book


    How could the performance have been better?

    sharper readthrough


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Boom?

    the end came quite abrupty


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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