I have listened to The Smartest Guys in the Room, and I can tell you that this book provides a much more subtle telling of the Enron tale than its more famous cousin. The major players are more human and, therefore, more believable in this narrative. I recommend it without reservation.
Not sure the answer to that question but the narration was top notch and complimented the flow of the story.
Not possible but this is a story and narrator that you will find yourself sitting in the driveway a few extra minutes to finish the chapter.
It is a whacked out true story that is entertaining. Best ENRON book out there. It is long. Very long but worth it. The story sticks with you and I found myself a year later listening to it again when I was needing listening material.
I almost gave up on this and I am glad I didn't. What the author did was incredible. Great story and great orator. I saw a doc on Enron and thought that might make this repetitive but no. I can't imagine any other book or doc coming close to this content.
I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in business culture and how Enron literally changed the way business are today.
The performer does an excellent job of putting a vocal twist on each character.
Fascinating subject matter. I've read/listened too Smartest Guys in The Room and loved it, thought I'd try this for a different angle. The narration is awful. I've bought over 100 tiltles here on audible since I became a road warrior, and this is without a doubt the worst performance yet.
Nothing. Was that actually a human being? Thought for sure it was a speech synthesis machine. It is GREAT for inducing sleep though.
Incredibly researched and written account of Enron. I would venture to say this is the best non-fiction book I've ever listened to. It is written more like a novel and is very easy to listen to and follow. If you like a good scandal, you'll love this book!
This is a book I would recommend to anyone that is willing to listen. It captivates you from the very begining.
It was difficult to put down as soon as it got started.
When the numbers start flying, you have to be memorized! I was stuck in thought as to how something like this could fly by with none the wiser to the real motives of such crumby convoluted ideas.
The author does an excellent job unraveling this mystery and explaining it so everyone can understand. No special schooling needed for this book. Also have to give credit to the excellent narrator for this audio book. He makes it even more interesting.
Overall, my expectations were far surpassed and im very glad I had the opportunity to enjoy this book. It is a little lengthy but worth every minute.
The in-the-room experience that you typically don't get with non-fiction crime thrillers.
It feels genuine and thoroughly reconstructed.
Jeff Skilling was a particularly artful performance, from the high-powered successful corporate young gun to exhausted, pensive and depressed convict.
Corporate hubris and demise
I am not even waiting until I finish this book to write this review. We already know how the story ended!
This book, in my estimation, is a spellbinding unwrapping of all the events, large and small, that meshed to create the disaster that was Enron.Having worked for a major global corporation for 25 years myself during the same time period that Enron's business environment was evolving, what with the lack of central controls and the general confusion that prevailed, along with, I might add, the free reign that some new hires who were seen as "young geniuses" were given, I identified strongly with this book's description of the events that culminated in total collapse of not just the business, but countless lives and fortunes that were destroyed as a result. Many of us at my company were experiencing the same fright and uncertainty that plagued many of Enron's and other corporations' employees during that intense period, when the structures we had helped to build were blasted away with seemingly not a thought given to the consequences. I worked in accounting, so it all comes across as very real to me.
While this book does mainly break down the more complicated aspects of the financial constructs coming to life within Enron at the time, I will admit that a certain minor percentage of these are still not clear to me. (And never were to Enron, I believe.) But mainly, the book does make clear most of the events and their settings that caused the ruination of Enron. And to no one's surprise, I imagine, your basic unbridled greed was underlying the entire course of events.
The narration of this book is excellent. I have not encountered any irritations with it. The way it is read allows the listener to not even pay attention to the narration, but just to actually be a part of the action. This is as it should be.
There have been many books on this same topic; I have read some of them and did not even finish a couple, due to the way the material was treated. Because general corporate accounting is a foreign language to an average person on the street, the subject has to be made both understandable and most importantly, interesting, objectives hard to attain. This book definitely meets that challenge.
It also provides a realistic acquaintance for the listener with the characters involved, on a personal basis. This is important in understanding the motivations of characters who veered so far off course.
To my taste, this book accomplishes both of the above objectives better than any other I have read on this topic. It is a very long listen, 20-some hours. But that only serves to extend the pleasure of listening.
I believe very few listeners would be disappointed in this excellent book.