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  • King of Capital

  • The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone
  • By: John E. Morris, David Carey
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

The financial establishment---banks and investment bankers, such as Citigroup, Bear Stearns, Lehman, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley---were the cowboys, recklessly assuming risks, leveraging up to astronomical levels, and driving the economy to the brink of disaster.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story Ruined by Monotone Reading

  • By Marc on 04-23-13

Great Story Ruined by Monotone Reading

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-13

What did you like best about King of Capital? What did you like least?

I think the story of Blackstone and more broadly LBOs and the evolution of finance is a great story and very interesting. The writing itself is crisp but sometimes veers off.

The largest issue I have with this is the narration. While the narrator is talented, I think he is ill equipped for this kind of book. He has a monotone voice that drones along from development to development. I find it so bad that it is difficult to get through the book.

What did you like best about this story?

The subject matter and the perspective.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George K. Wilson?

Anyone.

Do you think King of Capital needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No I think it does a fine job of covering the subject thus far.

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