• The Prize

  • The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power
  • By: Daniel Yergin
  • Narrated by: Bob Jamieson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (741 ratings)

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By: Daniel Yergin
Narrated by: Bob Jamieson
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The Prize recounts the panoramic history of oil, and the struggle for wealth and power that has always surrounded oil. This struggle has shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, and transformed the destiny of men and nations.

The Prize is as much a history of the 20th-century as of the oil industry itself. The canvas of this history is enormous - from the drilling of the first well in Pennsylvania through two great world wars to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm.

The cast extends from wildcrafters and rogues to oil tycoons, and from Winston Churchill and Ibn Saud to George Bush and Saddam Hussein.

The definitive work on the subject of oil and a major contribution to understanding our century, The Prize is a book of extraordinary breadth, riveting excitement--and great importance.

©1993 Daniel Yergin (P)2008 Simon & Schuster
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  • Categories: History

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Pulitzer Prize, General Non-Fiction, 1992

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major let down

This is one of my favorite books to read. This abriged version is a disaster. They cut out all the interesting history of the oil companies and only covered the politics of mid 20th century oil. What happened to the Colonel, Rockefeller, the 7 sisters? This was awful. If you only want the oil politics of 1950 to 1990 then this is fine. For me...yuk!

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This is ABRIDGED....*sigh*

Silly me - I didn't see the teeny tiny type that said "Abridged." That's a waste of a download. I've previously listened to this on cassette tape while driving from Seattle to NYC -- yes, that's how long this fantastic omnibus of information took to listen to. Very disappointed to see an audio file only at ~3 hours long....blech.

Audible has some work to do.

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Yergin's book is awesome... this abridged is not

His book should be required reading. Yergin and Audible shoudl be ashamed they have taken people's money with this abridgement.

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Abridged to death

I did not notice this was abridged until I was well into the book. This was so abridged as to be nearly worthless. In addition, the story was quite bland, not quite journalism, not quite history, not very technical, not expressing a particular opinion. The narration was good. Having listened to The Quest (which was pretty good), if Audible adds the unabridged version, I might give this one an unabridged chance. I would not recommend this version to anyone.

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Get the unabridged version

This is a very interesting book, but the abridged version is too abrupt. It's quite clear that something is missing.

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Justa a short resume of the book

They cut out the history of the oil companies and only covered the politics of mid 20th century oil. Not good for me. I thought it was the full book.

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Utterly dull and dreadful

Hugely interested in global macroeconimics and politices. Hugely disappointed by this snooze of a listen.

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Disappointed

I am disappointed there isn’t an unabridged version. Too good of a book to skinny down. Shame

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Relatively boring

I found it hard to concentrate and listen to the book. The pace is quite quick in summing up historical events in the oil industry. It lacks a bit of coherence and behind the scenes analysis.

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No Justice to the Book

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There is so much in the book that listening to this abridged version seemed cheap and I finished it feeling very frustrated. I wouldn't hestitate to buy an unabridged version. Better there is no version than something as pathetic as this.

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  • Power Saver
  • 05-25-18

Abridged too far

This is a very short summary of a part of the book. Hardly worth it.

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  • Thomas
  • 03-12-20

do not purchase

Only 4 chapters of the book are provided. the rest is excluded completely. Complete con

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-19

Disappointing

I thought this was the full book, and given the price it should have been! I can’t give a proper review of the whole book, but just wanted to flag to people to be careful of which version they purchase!

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  • James
  • 09-19-22

Very short abridged version

Although short, still an interesting summary of the oil industry up to the 1990s

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  • Midnight Chance
  • 05-08-20

Excellent

This was a fascinating overview of the changing energy market over the decades. Very interesting geopolitical analysis.

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  • Shahd Amin
  • 11-13-19

Very biased! pro-America and pro-Israel!

It is very clear that the book is very biased towards america and israel and does not show a true reflection of the facts

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  • Andrew Craig
  • 06-22-18

Terrible - abridged too far

Not worth the cost - a 900p masterpiece condensed to <100p - complete rip off. Do better audible

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  • SB
  • 04-29-19

Abridged, not the actual book only 4 chapters

not the actual book, an abridged version only 4 chapters long. not worth the price of a book

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  • Matthias Raab
  • 08-06-17

Excellent summary of the impact of oil on geopolitics and global economics

The book is an excellent summary of the impact of oil on geopolitics and global economics. Succinctly written and facts are well interpreted and presented.
Given the richness of content I found the book narrated a notch too fast to take in all information at once.
However, I will also buy the book itself as a valuable reference.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-25-21

Total con job

This is not the full book I think. Beware. Only 3 hours long. Very disappointed