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  • Conspiracy

  • Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

In 2016, one of the giants of modern journalism fell: Gawker Media, infamous for saying what other outlets wouldn't say, was sued for publishing Hulk Hogan's sex tape, lost the case and went bust. After countless other lawsuits it seemed that Gawker had finally run out of luck. But luck had nothing to do with it. Peter Thiel, PayPal founder and billionaire investor, had masterminded the whole thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling!! Amazing story masterly told!

  • By G-Montoya on 13-03-18

Somewhat over ambitious, okay

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18

This book is a description of the way the Hulk Hogan case was fought and won, and how (and why) it was financed.

I would have liked more about the actual case in court, but perhaps that was not in itself very interesting. The courtroom itself zips by.

It was interesting, but it felt very padded. Could have said as much in half as many words. My fault maybe for buying the unabridged version.

The author tries hard to use the case to say something about the nature of conspiracies, but that seems like a huge reach throughout and I was profoundly unconvinced.

The narrator didn't use enough inflection for me. Every sentence seemed to be read with the same gradually reducing pitch.

I bail on bad audio books very quickly but I listened to this until the end so it can't have been that bad.