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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,315 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Irving Wallace Narrator: Gavin Bruce Publisher: Crossroad Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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Novelist Andrew Craig has not been sober in a very long time. After losing his wife in an auto accident he believes to have been his own fault, he turned to the bottle and to his sister-in-law, Leah, who acts as his caretaker and live-in nurse. Then, when he is awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for his novel, The Perfect State - a historical jab at communism - he heads for Stockholm, hoping to find a reason to live, and to write. The other laureates have their own problems: a heart surgeon who believes that sharing his award with an Italian colleague robs him of his glory, a married couple awarded the prize in medicine in the middle of a serious marital crisis, and others - including Max Stratman, whose heart isn't really up to the trip, but who needs the prize money to provide for niece, Emily.

This novel delves into the lives, loves, dreams, and nightmares of these characters, and others, building a panoramic view of the Nobel Prize, life in Stockholm, and the state of world politics in the years following World War II. It is rich and compelling, driving the reader from the pits of despair to the heights of inspiration. A wonderful novel by one of America's finest novelists, The Prize was made into a movie starring Paul Newman.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Horner | 2/17/2014

    " Really long but worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valentin | 2/14/2014

    " This book is like a Bible for the oil industry "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 2/11/2014

    " Excellent look at the history of oil and how we got in the mess we are in now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Finn Jr | 1/21/2014

    " Heavy, but interesting non biased history of oil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry | 1/9/2014

    " Monumental book on politics, history, economics and corporate America over a 150 year timespan through the lens of oil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill#5 | 1/8/2014

    " Most interesting book I've ever read. Basically the history of the world since the discovery of oil. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Einav | 1/5/2014

    " I am still working through this gigantic (800+ pages) achievement on our modern history of energy. If you don't believe that you are born yesterday and every problem must have an instant solution, then it is a must read. Read it some time after "Commanding Heights" also by Yergin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/3/2014

    " I never learned so much about oil, and probably never will again. I give it 4 of 5 stars because it was a little too verbose -- it was like reading 800 pages of statistics, with stories mixed in. That said, Yergin still managed to keep me interested with the side stories on the lives of the oilmen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 1/1/2014

    " Interesting history of oil and politics. Could use more analysis but the author was very good as showing how history repeats itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 12/30/2013

    " As a science and technology writer, the bookshelf closest to my desk is full of reference books. The Prize is one of them, and it looks like it is growing Post-it notes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 12/25/2013

    " A good history of the development of the companies that would become known as the oil majors, the politics, the wars that the quest for oil generated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 May Khaw | 12/20/2013

    " Long, and extremely detailed. I must say I skimmed a fair portion of it, but the analysis is superb indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Davis | 12/15/2013

    " Absolutely fabulous book about the oil industry. I guess it should be Yergin is the expert. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 12/14/2013

    " A very detailed and interesting history of the oil industry. I have a few quibbles with some "facts" but in general it's a fascinating and very human story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 12/12/2013

    " A phenomenal book!!! The greed, the power, the fortunes won and lost are all great stories to be read within The Prize. A don't miss book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maxpower | 12/11/2013

    " Fascinating, insightful, rich and compelling. This a great read and well deserving of the Pulitzer. Also very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murugan | 10/4/2013

    " Almost all of the problems in the mid-east and rest of the world can be traced back to oil with rich facts and detailed research. Took a while to finish but a great read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 6/24/2013

    " A must read for anyone interested in politics, business or history. The book is long and and detailed. However, there are smaller stories in the longer history of oil. A good lesson in market economics, if oil prices get to high history shows a big correction is around the corner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Cotten | 6/10/2013

    " Excellent review of the history of oil from the beginning of industrialization to the Gulf War. Shorter on the really nasty details than I would have liked, but very informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 5/2/2013

    " Should be a prerequisite before people are allowed participate in any discussion of oil, gas prices, new drilling, or even national security. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 4/16/2013

    " Although long, this history moves along quite fast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 3/8/2013

    " Very timely read in 2009 - classic look at the oil industry and how its growth serves as barometer for world strength in the 20th and 21st centuries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Convert_chica | 2/17/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading this book--it gives a great historical insight to the oil biz'. This is a great book for history fans, maybe not so much for light readers :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/12/2013

    " Stalin was in Azerbaijan starting riots in the oil fields during WW1? Oil, politics -- the world explained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 12/1/2012

    " Very interesting but enough detail to choke a horse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tomrob | 11/19/2012

    " The ultimate authority on the history of oil. It's why we are in Iraq now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cullen | 11/8/2012

    " I've worked in the oil business for 20 years, so this was a particularity interesting subject for me. Great perspective on the business. Really well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Just David | 9/2/2012

    " I disagree with his politics. but have to hand it to his research. If you wish to read the history of oil, this is the book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 9/2/2012

    " For those interested in the history of the oil business, and the attendant politics and global repercussions, this is an interesting and exhaustively researched account. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 7/16/2012

    " Wanted to read since I had just started a job in the oil industry, but it was so dry and boring I couldn't stay awake. "

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