“One of the finest, most compelling accounts of what happened to corporate America and Wall Street in the 1980’s.” —New York Times Book Review
A #1 New York Times bestseller and arguably the best business narrative ever written, Barbarians at the Gate is the classic account of the fall of RJR Nabisco. An enduring masterpiece of investigative journalism by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, it includes a new afterword by the authors that brings this remarkable story of greed and double-dealings up to date twenty years after the famed deal. The Los Angeles Times calls Barbarians at the Gate, “Superlative.” The Chicago Tribune raves, “It’s hard to imagine a better story...and it’s hard to imagine a better account.” And in an era of spectacular business crashes and federal bailouts, it still stands as a valuable cautionary tale that must be heeded.
Good story, but overly abridged
Once I started listening, I couldn't stop. Unlike others, I didn't mind the narration, except in one part where one of the readers sounded vaguely out of breath. However, this is a 600+ page book, and to cut it down to 3.5 hours required abridging it to the point that it was frequently hard to follow. Overall, it was the equivalent a movie trailer for the book -- having been intrigued by the highlights, now I want to read the whole thing. Which is great, except that watching a movie trailer is free, and this was $9.99. So I might as well have bought the book itself at the outset. But for those who just want a good story for a few hours and would never have time to read the book, I recommend it.
Good book, bad reading
This is an excellent book and a superb look into the behind the scenes action that makes up business news headlines. Unfortunately it is read by the actual authors. While they have done great journalism and written a good book, they are not professional voicers, and it shows. The reading is hurried and lacks cadence. It's sometimes hard to follow twists in the story because of their monotone, droning delivery.
Not actually Barbarians at the Gate
So this is one of my favorite stories of all time. I've read it several times and wanted an audiobook version of the original. This is not the original. It is missing enormous swaths of the story. I suppose I should have wondered how a 500+ page book could be read in 3 hours time, but I did not take the time to look. Because I also own the actual book, I was able to verify that the audiobook listed here is not Barbarians at the Gate. I would think of this more as the "Cliffs Notes" on the original. Incredibly disappointing, because there is no mention anywhere stating the condensed nature of this version of the book. DO NOT BUY this unless you have some reason to listen to an incredibly short, choppy version of what is, in reality an absolutely great story.