• Barbarians at the Gate

  • The Fall of RJR Nabisco
  • By: Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by: John Helyar
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 03-29-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 3.9 (638 ratings)

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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
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Critic Reviews

"A superlative book...steadily builds suspense until the very end." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
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By Cheimon on 11-17-07

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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7 of 7 people found this review helpful


By Jake on 01-24-13

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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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By toRouxo.gr on 10-20-17

A great book really poorly narrated

The narration is very poor and a lot of the nice details are left out, I wouldn’t bother if I were you.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful


By Chattian fauna on 10-30-16

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.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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By Tom on 07-31-16

a lightning fast rollicking ride

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

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