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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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    Tom Macquarie Hills, Australia 31/07/2016
    Tom Macquarie Hills, Australia 31/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "a lightning fast rollicking ride"

    a lightning fast rollicking ride through the late 80s junk bond fuelled corporate takeover hi jinks

    0 of 0 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.

    6 of 6 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
  • 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.


    4 of 4 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
  • Ben Andrews
    23/09/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    31/08/17
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    "Henry Kravis being unlike Henry Kravis"

    An amazing story of the success of our economic system being so badly abused. But that's America, and I love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Will
    27/05/17
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    "Don't buy abridged"

    Assume the full version is better, but the abridged version has virtually no substantive discussion of the financing mechanisms. It's no more than a personality/event driven plot, and you don't even feel engaged with the personalities because of the abridgment.

    For some inexplicable reason the authors decided to narrate themselves. One is like listening to storytime by a 12-year-old off his adderall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julian Maldonado
    11/05/17
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    "Great story / Terrible narrators"

    Cool story but one of the guys reading it makes it almost unbearable. Would read this one or find a different recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • aashish
    26/03/17
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    "poor narration!"

    very poor narration!! no idea what the guy was really saying. I had read the book before so felt lucky!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan Platt
    15/03/17
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    "Too short"

    Good book, decently read, but the fact that the audio version is heavily abridged is unfortunate. Many of the more complex technicalities of the deal are left unexplained in this truncated version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Chattian fauna
    30/10/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    1/04/16
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    miskin, rhondda cynon taff, United Kingdom
    21/05/10
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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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