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Barbarians at the Gate Audiobook

Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco

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Publisher's Summary

Barbarians at the Gate has been called one of the most influential business books of all time, the definitive account of the largest takeover in Wall Street history. Bryan Burrough's and John Helyer's account of the frenzy that overtook Wall Street in October and November of 1988 is the story of dealmakers and publicity flaks, of strategy meetings and society dinners, of boardrooms and balls. It gives us not only a detailed look at financial operations at the highest levels but a richly textured social history of wealth in the twilight of the Reagan era.

©2003 Bryan Burrough and John Helyar (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"A superlative book...steadily builds suspense until the very end." ( Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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    toRouxo.gr 20/10/2017
    toRouxo.gr 20/10/2017
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    "A great book really poorly narrated"

    The narration is very poor and a lot of the nice details are left out, I wouldn’t bother if I were you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chattian fauna 30/10/2016
    Chattian fauna 30/10/2016
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    "Lost in translation"

    I was disappointed to find that the full version was not available on audible so was forced to go with this abridged version on the off chance. Bearing in mind the original was critically acclaimed as being an engrossing thriller as well as a thought-provoking business book. The resulting narrative here is pallid and uninspiring. All excitement and compelling material has been boiled out leaving the listener with one of the most dull and tedious descriptions of a business deal ever written.

    The narration is at least authentic, but even their authoritative tones cannot resuscitate this dead dog of an audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 01/04/2016
    01/04/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating subject - poorly served."
    What did you like best about Barbarians at the Gate? What did you like least?

    Anyone interested in the machinations of corporate excess, skulduggery and the financial world should benefit from this. A classic illustration of how the business world has changed from emphasising producing goods of quality and looking after their employees and the communities in which they operate into rapacious profit machines which care only about enriching directors and large shareholders.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The authors are far from being natural or accomplished narrators. Dull and monotonous - although care would need to be taken to ensure that another narrator did not attempt to be too dramatic!


    Do you think Barbarians at the Gate needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The story has been told. No doubt there are many similar cautionary tales - but it was the sheer size of the deal and the place Nabisco held in American consumer culture which made this tale worth telling.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the book instead!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nick miskin, rhondda cynon taff, United Kingdom 21/05/2010
    Nick miskin, rhondda cynon taff, United Kingdom 21/05/2010 Member Since 2007
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    "Relevant Today"

    Reads more like a fiction novel than a business book.

    A case of history repeating itself. A good general cautionary tale for the business world!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Cheimon
    New York, NY USA
    17/11/07
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    "Great book, not so great audiobook"

    The book has lost a lot in transcription, the original is far too heavily abridged. It is too linear, and has lost a lot of its journalistic depth. The book itself, however, is an absolute must.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jake
    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, United States
    24/01/13
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    "Abridged and Poorly Read"
    What disappointed you about Barbarians at the Gate?

    It's only 3 hours long and the narration (done by the authors) is poor at best.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    Westminster, CA, USA
    14/10/07
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    "A little too brief"

    I have read the full book at least three times. This was a good abridgment but not perfect. The personalities never really got developed completely and the stories that really demonstrated Ross Johnson's extravagance (the dog at the golf tournament) didn't make the cut. If you have read the book you will enjoy this version.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Al
    San Francisco, CA
    14/07/13
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    "Abridged version does not build enough story"

    This is stated as one of the all time greats, but after reading it seems the story dosnot come out in an abridged version. Not worth the credits to use on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tze Ming
    SerembanMalaysia
    13/09/07
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    "simplified"

    I am surprise to find out that the audiobook was a cut-down version from the original book. No wonder it is only 3 hour long. I am abit disappointed..

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mike Kavanagh
    13/02/18
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    "Did Anyone listen before publishing?"

    This is BY FAR the worst reading I've ever heard done in any audio medium of communication professionally published that I've ever heard, sounds like John has marbles in his mouth and his retainer in. It's both too fast and inaudible, forcing me to drop to .75x speed. No joke I'm stopping listening after 20 minutes and I'll just put this book on my physical reading list. Waste of $8, John Helyar should find a career that doesn't involve speaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wally
    Minnetonka, MN
    01/02/18
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    "3 hour audiobook for a 600 page book? "

    well told, but only recommend listening if you have read or plan to read the actual book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    28/12/17
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    "Tale of building a company and tearing it apart"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought it was an amazing inside look at acquisitions.


    What about John Helyar’s performance did you like?

    It was easy to listen to and the narration flowed well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Vieitez
    Stanford, CA
    24/12/17
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    "This is abridged! "

    I had no idea that this book was abridged. It was a great story but I hear there is so much missing from character development standpoint. I wish I’d known that before getting this. But the story is great. Kinda weird to have so many different narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    27/09/17
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    "Short, no details. ok history but there should be+"

    too short no details, more on the negotiations than on the outcome. didn't like m

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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