The Billionaire and the Mechanic

  • by Julian Guthrie
  • Narrated by Mark Ashby
  • 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The America’s Cup, first awarded in 1851, is the oldest trophy in international sports, and one of the most hotly contested. In 2000, Larry Ellison, co-founder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation, decided to run for the coveted prize and found an unlikely partner in Norbert Bajurin, a car radiator mechanic who had recently been named Commodore of the blue collar Golden Gate Yacht Club.
Julian Guthrie’s The Billionaire and the Mechanic tells the incredible story of the partnership between Larry and Norbert, their unsuccessful runs for the Cup in 2003 and 2007, and their victory in 2010. With unparalleled access to Ellison and his team, Guthrie takes readers inside the design and building process of these astonishing boats, and the management of the passionate athletes who race them. She traces the bitter rivalries between Oracle and their competitors, including Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli’s Team Alinghi, and throws listeners into exhilarating races from Australia and New Zealand to Valencia, Spain.
With new television coverage and huge media, the America’s Cup is poised to be bigger than ever, and The Billionaire and the Mechanic is a must-listen for anyone interested in the race or this remarkable story.


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Good but incomplete

As a novice sailor this was very engaging and insightful. That being said, the audiobook is NOT the latest version of the book and is missing the coverage of the AC in San Francisco which was added to the print edition.
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- Blaine

fiery spirits of racing energy

loved the book, action throughout. telling of the big egos and high stakes of ocean racing
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- carolyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios