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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (782 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Frey Narrator: Erik Singer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Christian Gillette Series Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9780739318812
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No one knows the dark side of “The Street” better than master storyteller Stephen Frey, author of such riveting novels as Shadow Account and The Day Trader. Now, in his most ambitious work to date, Frey proves that no writer can put a high-powered hero at greater risk, nor offer readers more thrilling rewards.
A towering legend among New York private equity partnerships, Everest Capital is aptly named. When its founder meets an untimely death, thirty-six-year-old superstar Christian Gillette gets the top job. But with the power and prestige come risks. The day he narrowly escapes a fiery explosion that consumes his limo and takes two innocent lives, Gillette instantly understands how intense those risks are.

It comes as no surprise to him that he has enemies in the world of multibillion—dollar deals. But now that he controls Everest, he’s not going to let those enemies keep him from taking the firm–and himself–to even greater heights. Gillette has never hesitated to be aggressive, even ruthless, in his pursuit of success. This time will be no exception.

But in order to forge the alliances necessary to achieve his goals, Gillette forsakes a cardinal rule: Never trust anyone. The only certainties are the insidious campaign of corporate sabotage that could cost Gillette his job and the relentless assassination attempts that could cost him his life. To break a deadly conspiracy of greed, he’ll be forced to walk–then run–an ever-blurring line between loyalty and betrayal, attack and retreat, survival and destruction . . . in the ultimate game of profit and loss.

With The Chairman, Stephen Frey presides with intensified skill over the market he has so dramatically cornered–sharpening his patented brand of hard-boiled high-finance intrigue to its keenest cutting edge yet.


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/19/2014

    " Very action packed and kept me interested through out the entire book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 2/17/2014

    " Never would have picked this up if i hadn't thought the author was Stephen FRY...and I'm so glad I made the mistake! This book was the perfect mix of mystery, intrigue, and good character development...and I learned my fair share about the private equity business which actually turned out to be VERY interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Corso | 2/16/2014

    " If you like books about wall street and insider trading then this is the book for you. Very well written. I enjoy all of Stephen Frey's books and I think this one is his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rajesh | 1/30/2014

    " Good thriller. The twists and turns were very sharp and filled with surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendar88 | 1/17/2014

    " A bit over the top, but captivating. Hard to imagine a chairman getting surrounded by so much death and betrayal, and having to shoot his way out of the mess. But still fun to listen to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lilly-Anne | 1/7/2014

    " An OK book. Well written. High finance just doesn't float my boat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/6/2014

    " This was my first book by Stephen Frey. It was one of those books that keep you guessing throughout. I really enjoyed listening to this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abdul Musa | 12/27/2013

    " This was my second read of this book. It is interesting but lacks the turns and twists of a good thriller. Still an enjoyable quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenneth Flusche | 12/15/2013

    " Everyone should read one or two of Frey's book, if more than two spread them out over several years as sort of repetative, but different "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorothy | 11/28/2013

    " weird . . . intriguing. . . cut-throat killing :-( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruchi | 11/8/2013

    " Brilliant! A must for every financial professional; investor/banker. Characters are so real and learning just fab!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gay | 10/26/2013

    " Not one of my favorites. There are other Stephen Frey books that are better. This felt the most contrived and the main character is unsympathetic although the author attempts to make him "likeable." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 8/12/2013

    " As if I needed any more reasons to despise financial corporations and the people who run them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 7/14/2013

    " This is one of his best novels. It is well written and full of excitement. A solid 9 of 10 stars! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marijke | 4/21/2013

    " I'm not sure why I was determined to try another Stephen Frey book, but I didn't like this much better than the other one I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/12/2012

    " This was a great read - read over 2 evenings - very hard to put down. First Frey book I've read, and will definitely read another one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mason | 11/29/2012

    " Nothing! Fun to read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desiree Mcfetridge | 10/13/2012

    " Actually started this series with the Protege, but it was great. Had me wanting more. Suspenseful and exciting. Christian Gillette is full of intelligence and charm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 8/2/2012

    " This was a great book, filled with intrigue and the corporate world. What's not to love about corrupt CEOs? I actually picked this book up by mistake trying to get one from James Frey (That con artist). I'm glad to have made the mistake! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Entropybar | 6/14/2012

    " Good writing, not the worst plot but pretty easy to figure out who the real antagonist is. If you're a Grisham fan, you'll probably like Frey's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Projection | 2/26/2012

    " I just loved it. This fast paced thriller gives you an adrenaline rush. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 9/13/2011

    " I am so glad my life didn't lead me into the world of high finance and the dog eat dog world that is depicted in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 7/24/2011

    " Very entertaining, and very little profanity (which surprised me.) Reads like a Finder novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 6/13/2011

    " Chairman - Protege - Power Broker - Successor. In this order, follow the career of Christian Gillette through these four novels. The best is the Chairman and then the rest are a blur, but some were better than others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " A bit over the top, but captivating. Hard to imagine a chairman getting surrounded by so much death and betrayal, and having to shoot his way out of the mess. But still fun to listen to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lilly-Anne | 9/3/2010

    " An OK book. Well written. High finance just doesn't float my boat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desiree | 7/14/2010

    " Actually started this series with the Protege, but it was great. Had me wanting more. Suspenseful and exciting. Christian Gillette is full of intelligence and charm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Entropybar | 7/13/2010

    " Good writing, not the worst plot but pretty easy to figure out who the real antagonist is. If you're a Grisham fan, you'll probably like Frey's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruchi | 5/4/2010

    " Brilliant! A must for every financial professional; investor/banker. Characters are so real and learning just fab!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 2/14/2010

    " As if I needed any more reasons to despise financial corporations and the people who run them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 2/5/2010

    " I am so glad my life didn't lead me into the world of high finance and the dog eat dog world that is depicted in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 7/10/2009

    " This was a really cool book - I love when the main character is not only super-rich, but is just all around awesome. The Chairman is a really cool character and the book kept me interested all the way through. I hope Frey comes out with more books around this character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 1/22/2008

    " This was a great book, filled with intrigue and the corporate world. What's not to love about corrupt CEOs? I actually picked this book up by mistake trying to get one from James Frey (That con artist). I'm glad to have made the mistake! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/31/2007

    " Another very good Stephen Frey book. This one was set up beautifully by Frey, and that setup paid off perfectly in the end.

    One sucky thing is that this is the prequel to The Protege, but nowhere does it say that, and I read The Protege first. Annoying. "

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About the Author

Stephen Frey is a principal at a northern Virginia private equity firm. He previously worked in mergers and acquisitions at J. P. Morgan and as a vice president of corporate finance at an international bank in New York. He is the bestselling author of various novels, including The Successor and Forced Out.

About the Narrator

Erik Singer’s theatrical credits include the title role in The Hostage (off Broadway), A Life in the Theatre, Greetings!, and national tours of Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He has also appeared on All My Children and As the World Turns, and was the voice of Vincent van Gogh in the A&E Biography about Van Gogh and Gauguin. His audiobook narration has twice won him the AudioFile Earphones Award.