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Conspiracy of Fools Audiobook

Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

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Publisher's Summary

In 2000, when The Informant was published, few would've imagined that a story about price fixing at Archer Daniels Midland could be as un-put-downable as the best crime fiction. Yet critics, and consumers, agreed: New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald had taken the stuff of dry business reporting and turned it into an unparalleled page-turner. With Conspiracy of Fools, Eichenwald has done it again.

Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material. The cast includes but is not limited to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul O'Neill, Harvey Pitt, Colin Powell, Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alan Greenspan, Ken Lay, Andy Fastow, Jeff Skilling, Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, and Michael Eisner. Providing a you-are-there glimpse behind closed doors in the executive suites of the Enron Corporation, the Texas governor's mansion, the Justice Department, and even the Oval Office, Conspiracy of Fools is an all-true financial and political thriller of cinematic proportions.

©2005 Kurt Eichenwald; (P)2005 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction (Unabridged)

"As an unadorned attempt to get into the heads of some major manipulators, this book can hardly be bettered." (Publishers Weekly)
"Conspiracy of Fools is a splendid achievement. Mr. Eichenwald has an encyclopedic grasp of a watershed business collapse, and has turned it into a gripping read, a true tale for our times." (The New York Times)
"A page-turning financial thriller....This book compares with Liar's Poker and Barbarians at the Gate in its breadth and depth of coverage of esoteric corporate culture and financial practices, recognizing the compelling human drama beneath the scandal." (Booklist)

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    "Wildly Entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Conspiracy of Fools to be better than the print version?

    Not sure the answer to that question but the narration was top notch and complimented the flow of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Christi 03-05-15
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    "Starts slow but give it a chance"

    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.

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    Jay KATY, TX, United States 05-06-14
    Jay KATY, TX, United States 05-06-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Everything Enron"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in business culture and how Enron literally changed the way business are today.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    The performer does an excellent job of putting a vocal twist on each character.


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    al watson 08-28-13
    al watson 08-28-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Good Writing, horrible Narration"
    What did you like best about Conspiracy of Fools? What did you like least?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Robertson Dean’s performance?

    Nothing. Was that actually a human being? Thought for sure it was a speech synthesis machine. It is GREAT for inducing sleep though.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


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    Michael Jenison, MI, United States 07-30-13
    Michael Jenison, MI, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldn't put it down..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Conspiracy of Fools to be better than the print version?

    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!


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    Michael South Gate, CA, United States 07-12-13
    Michael South Gate, CA, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Unbelievable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a book I would recommend to anyone that is willing to listen. It captivates you from the very begining.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was difficult to put down as soon as it got started.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kwame Snellville, GA, United States 02-14-13
    Kwame Snellville, GA, United States 02-14-13
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    "Truly riveting story that leaves no rock unturned"
    What made the experience of listening to Conspiracy of Fools the most enjoyable?

    The in-the-room experience that you typically don't get with non-fiction crime thrillers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It feels genuine and thoroughly reconstructed.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    Jeff Skilling was a particularly artful performance, from the high-powered successful corporate young gun to exhausted, pensive and depressed convict.


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

    Corporate hubris and demise


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    Lucas Skoczkowski Georgia, Atlanta, USA 10-29-12
    Lucas Skoczkowski Georgia, Atlanta, USA 10-29-12 Member Since 2017
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    "better than fiction... could make this stuff up..."
    What made the experience of listening to Conspiracy of Fools the most enjoyable?

    great insight, put together in very engaging way, scary reality


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    What about Dean Robertson’s performance did you like?

    very good at captivating me


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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    Any additional comments?

    scary what can happen when greed takes over...

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    smfilon LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 09-16-12
    smfilon LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting take on the Enron debaucle"

    Compelling take on the Enron disaster. The author makes complex financial issues easy to understand. He seems to give Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay more of a pass than they probably deserve. I'm listening to The Smartest Guys in the Room to get another perspective on the issues. Both books together give a more full picture of why what happened did.

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    richard los angeles, cA, United States 08-02-12
    richard los angeles, cA, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Be prepared"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not having much of a business background and unfamiliar with the jargon used on Wall Street I felt unprepared. Just a word of caution to those in a similar place as mine.


    What could Kurt Eichenwald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not assume that everyone knows financial acronyms and jargon.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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