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Barbarians at the Gate

The Fall of RJR Nabisco
Written by: Bryan Burrough
Narrated by: John Helyar
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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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

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

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Narrator slurs his words

The narrator slurs his words and talks too fast at 1x speed, making it very hard to understand at times even after reducing speed. Will try to return the title and get another version.

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  • Cheimon
  • New York, NY USA
  • 2007-11-17

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.

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  • Jake
  • PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, United States
  • 2013-01-24

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.

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  • Al
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 2013-07-14

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Tze Ming
  • SerembanMalaysia
  • 2007-09-13

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..

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  • Wally
  • Minnetonka, MN
  • 2018-02-01

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

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  • Lynn
  • Westminster, CA, USA
  • 2007-10-14

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.

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  • L
  • 2019-05-29

Just get the actual book

The authors do a poor job reading the abridged book. The book itself is an interesting read but the authors do an extremely terrible job of reading. The high pitched voice author reads the book at a speed that is so fast I assumed I had the reading speed on 1.5x. It’s as if he was like let’s get this over with as soon as possible and raced against himself. The two authors passing off paragraphs and pages was another bad idea because they had no transitions or feel for actually reading a book. Should have hired a voice actor and had that person read the full unabridged book.

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  • Andrew
  • 2018-03-25

Barbarians

interesting story. makes me wsnt to see the movie. The LBO process became confusing in how it was executed, but it sounds like it WAS confusing.

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  • Ben Andrews
  • 2017-09-23

Wall Street Machinations, Corporate Greed and Big

I missed this one when it first came out. Great view into the machinations of Wall Street investment banking firms, corporate executive greed and hubris and over-sized egos.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-16

terrible reader.

terrible reader, voice is annoying, doesin't stop when there's a comma etc. Story is good.