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The Boom Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

    4 of 4 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.

    2 of 2 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 2016

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    sixtiesdad 08-01-16
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    "Some wheat, but lots of chaff"
    What did you love best about The Boom?

    I learned a LOT about fracking from it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Back for a second listen on the fracking facts


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Ditto the Shlumberger comments elsewhere. How hard can it be? Type "Schlumberger pronunciation" in a Google search and turn up the volume.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    More than you want to know about Aubrey McClendon


    Any additional comments?

    Why all the Chesapeake Oil stuff? Charge less for a smaller book that sticks to the topic advertised please.

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    Strangelove 07-20-16
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    "Bad accents."

    Informative, even for those in oil and gas. The performer mispronounced many words and did awful with accents.

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    wbiro 06-30-16
    wbiro 06-30-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Reads Like High Adventure - Balanced, Informative"

    This is professional journalism. The book presented the history, the geology, the science and technology, and, through a lot of professional journalistic legwork, the current (some now 'recent') state of affairs in the industry.
    Personally, I wanted to know more than what smart-ass comedians, the biased and agenda-laden media, and empty-headed petitioners had to say, and the book delivered.
    Through vignettes, the book gives the reader a glimpse into many levels of the industry - from the highest echelons to lowest field hand to the communities and individuals that sit on top of promising geological formations.
    I came away with a view that the real "superstars" in America are the businessmen (but fat chance they'll be recognized as such anytime soon given current popular anti-business leftist sentiments).
    The book was balanced, showing how it is an environmentally dirty business (and where in the processes it is dirty), and how it has improved, and where it still lacks. Intriguing was the account of the Sierra Club 'scandal', (where they took natural gas donations and teamed-up with that industry against the coal industry - which seemed reasonable to me - shut-down one dirty industry at a time, but the President of the club handled it badly and suffered for it). Also interesting was the history of various mid-size domestic natural gas drilling companies from the perspectives of their founders and their leaders - purely inspiring.

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