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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (669 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Yergin Narrator: Robert Petkoff Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781101523582
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This long-awaited successor to Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Prize provides an essential, overarching narrative of global energy, the principal engine of geopolitical and economic change

A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Prize. In The Quest, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change and conflict, in a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them.

The Quest tells the inside stories, tackles the tough questions, and reveals surprising  insights about coal, electricity, and natural gas. He explains how climate change became a great issue and leads readers through the rebirth of renewable energies, energy independence, and the return of the electric car. Epic in scope and never more timely, The Quest vividly reveals the decisions, technologies, and individuals that are shaping our future. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2012 Arthur Ross Book Award Honorable Mention
  • One of the 2011 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/17/2014

    " Brilliant about the history, the current state, and future of energy and the geopolitics of energy...very opened minded and ideologically free of taint. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shekib82 | 2/17/2014

    " I would have wanted more technical details but it is an impressive and complete analysis of the energy industry as it is today and as it will be in the future. One thing missing from the book is a discussion of coal and the Fischer tosh process of making gasoline from it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benson Liu | 2/15/2014

    " A great insite into the world today and the human evolution of energy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha Hartke | 2/11/2014

    " Absolute rubbish from a Pulitzer Prize winner. If ever a book had ADD, this is it. Yergin can't seem to wrap his hands or mind around what he wants to confront here. He's clearly bitten off more than he could chew and as a result this book touches on a myriad of things/personalities/issues without delivering much insight in any one thing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/10/2014

    " Simply the best history book I've read in ages, and an easy read for a fat book. Looking at world economic history through the lens of energy development and its use is eye opening to say the least. The political ramifications of energy stocks, who has them, who wants them, who sets the price and why is just fascinating. I particularly enjoyed learning about the history of the science of climate, the green house effect and global warming. The section on Clean Tech or renewables is also fresh and enlightening. Walter Issacson described "THE QUEST" best, "This is the one book you must read to understand the future of our economy and our way of life." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lukasz | 1/28/2014

    " Amazing book. Amount of research done by Daniel Yergin is extraordinary. It is a must-read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Keenan | 1/26/2014

    " Very interesting book. Didn't care for Yergin's opinions at times, which were completely unnecessary. He did do a good job of putting the scope of the energy sector into perspective. The book was a bit disjointed, but it probably had to be given the depth of his topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 1/24/2014

    " Really good book on the history of energy. It's hard to do but Daniel Yergin actually made the subject interesting and a compelling read. The book is ridiculously long though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alec Myres | 1/17/2014

    " A long but detailed account of the development of the modern world's backbone, energy. Much more to the subject than initially meets the eye, especially the historical narratives that Mr. Yergin incorporates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis Stimson | 1/2/2014

    " Good stuff here! Encouraging read. We can do this:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shin Hum | 12/31/2013

    " Finally a good book that deals with the global energy issue in an economic, business, social, and scientific aspect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 12/16/2013

    " Good narrative history by an author with great insight into the who, what, and why. Surprising number of typos. Only had the time to read 5-6 chapters of key personal interest, but look forward to reading more as time allows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Horner | 12/9/2013

    " Also long but even better than The Prize. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Ruth | 11/23/2013

    " Really interesting, but thick. i will never look at energy quite the same way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 6/25/2013

    " downloaded this on my ipod - Interesting listening - So far a lot about Russia... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tudor | 6/25/2013

    " Bill, iti multumesc pentru recomandare "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 4/12/2013

    " Tons of content, some topics more interesting than others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Penzkover | 11/11/2012

    " Not quite as good as his other book (The Prize), but a very nice analysis of energy challenges that we will be facing in the years to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justreadin | 9/5/2012

    " From start to finish - a history of the politics and prestige of energy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrick | 8/12/2012

    " Not a book for everyone, but a fascinating summary of how energy makes the world go round. Yergin details the climate change debate, evolution of the petro-states, and renewables. A natural sequel to his even better book, The Prize. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H | 4/19/2012

    " Great book for any reader at any level with lots of information on energy, policy making and politics in other countries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricrk patrick | 4/17/2012

    " A long book on energy. Very worth reading if you want to be informed about the energy situation. Was over 1500 pages on my e-reader but worth the slog. Highly informative and a very readable style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 2/12/2012

    " The Quest a great summary of the development of more alternative energy sources. The author concentrates on fossil fuels but includes a lot of information about renewable sources too. It would have been helpful to have more information about the potential and the economics of each type of energy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 10/19/2011

    " A thorough, and I mean thorough, analysis of of the recent history of energy. From a global perspective. It is not a light read and I only read it because of a newfound interest in how energy really works. "

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About the Author

Daniel Yergin, is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics. He received the Pulitzer Prize and the Eccles Prize for his bestseller The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power. Chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates and the Global Energy Expert for the CNBC business news network, his books have been translated into thirteen different languages and adapted to a PBS documentary series on globalization.

About the Narrator

Robert Petkoff is an audiobook narrator who has won a prestigious Audie Award and twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime.