We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Prize Audiobook

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

Regular Price:$13.27
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

More from the same

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (339 )
5 star
 (123)
4 star
 (95)
3 star
 (75)
2 star
 (22)
1 star
 (24)
Overall
3.9 (240 )
5 star
 (97)
4 star
 (68)
3 star
 (47)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (16)
Story
4.0 (238 )
5 star
 (94)
4 star
 (73)
3 star
 (52)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (13)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Ryan Bailey 08-02-12
    Ryan Bailey 08-02-12 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    181
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "No Justice to the Book"
    Any additional comments?

    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
  •  
    Van 10-18-09
    Van 10-18-09 Listener Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    89
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    73
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    Niall Helsinki, Finland 03-23-10
    Niall Helsinki, Finland 03-23-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Utterly dull and dreadful"

    Hugely interested in global macroeconimics and politices. Hugely disappointed by this snooze of a listen.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    P S 04-20-17
    P S 04-20-17 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Abridged"

    I wish I would have looked more carefully before purchasing, but the book itself is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Darrell Davidson Indianapolis, IN, US 03-23-17
    Darrell Davidson Indianapolis, IN, US 03-23-17 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Satellite video view of oil in world politics"

    An amazingly succinct account of oil's influence on the political stage from Spindletop to Kuwait

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Houston Shopper Houston, TX USA 02-16-17
    Houston Shopper Houston, TX USA 02-16-17

    tople

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Abridged Version"
    Any additional comments?

    You must be careful to read the description before you buy. I felt cheated as I was unable to return this version after I realized it was abridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tian Liu 01-15-17
    Tian Liu 01-15-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Poor Narrator"

    The narrator was emotionless, too fast, and made no attempt to help the listener to follow. Very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mohammad A. Mohanna 12-26-16 Member Since 2015

    Passing Through

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "not the full book. disappointed"

    this is a summary of the book. not the book itself . I'm lretty disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    M. J. Brailsford Shanghai, China 12-19-16
    M. J. Brailsford Shanghai, China 12-19-16 Member Since 2013

    Monk E.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    44
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Written with blinders on"

    Maybe I am not used to abridged books. To speak Of the Iranian coup in 1952 without mentioning the United States involvement is a gross omission of facts. Also, omitting that Iraq purchased its arms from the US as a supported state against Iran prior to the first gulf war is a gross oversight. Possibly the author thinks US involvement in oil geopolitics has been totally benign. For that opinion one must wear blinders.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    dmitry 12-08-16
    dmitry 12-08-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    53
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "good recap"

    good summary of the epicness of the book. perfect as a recap before diving into the quest

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.