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The Panama Papers

By: Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer
Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
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Late one evening investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels he then receives documents showing a mysterious bank transfer for $500 million in gold. This is just the beginning.

Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche Zeitung journalist Frederik Obermaier find themselves immersed in a secret world where complex networks of shell companies help to hide people who don't want to be found. Faced with the largest data leak in history, they activate an international network of journalists to follow every possible line of enquiry.

Operating for over a year in the strictest secrecy, they uncover a global elite living by a different set of rules: prime ministers, dictators, oligarchs, princelings, sports officials, big banks, arms smugglers, mafiosi, diamond miners, art dealers and celebrities. The real-life thriller behind the story of the century, The Panama Papers is an intense, pause-resisting account that blows their secret world wide open.

©2016 Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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"The biggest leak in the history of data journalism." (Edward Snowden)
"This is the inside story of how governments, corporations and organised crime groups have used the secret world of offshore jurisdictions to engage in systematic cheating and thieving. It's an almost perfect tale for the 21st century - the failure of democracy, the triumph of commercial power and greed, greed, greed." (Nick Davies, special correspondent, Guardian)

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Excellent story and narration

Really enjoyed the story and the narration. One of the best audiobooks that I have listened to.

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An extraordinary and powerful backstory

This book lifts the curtain and reveals the background of the Panama Papers. Humanising the narrative both in terms of the real world impacts of the revelations and the catapulting of these two journalists into the twin spearheads of a push to unearth a global conspiracy of white collar greed.

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A little slow but great listen

It staggering to think just how corrupt many of the very rich really are. I felt this was an informative story and well written despite taking a little time to warm up. There will always be someone in charge and yes they will always have their hand in the honey jar.

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Brilliant

Well presented, well researched and very nicely narrated.

What else can I say other than, buy it.

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absolute necessity to listen to

amazing. if you didn't already understand oligarchy, or question politics; and especially, especially if you are interested in this broad suggestion, this will amaze , verify and keep you riveted to the end.

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Brilliant work by investigative journalists

Written by passionate people who truly want to make the world a better place. A must read for anyone who consider themselves socially responsible members of the society.

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How the criminal rich screw us all.

This has to be one of the most important books of the century. Explains how the top 1% screw the world over and how our governments either are participates or just turn a blind eye.

No conspiracy theories, all based on the greatest data leek in history.

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