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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,383 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bethany McLean, Peter Elkind Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781101222423
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The definitive volume on Enron’s amazing rise and scandalous fall, from an award-winning team of Fortune investigative reporters.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce Anderson | 2/20/2014

    " A fun way to learn about slimy Enron and the sleazy slimy goons who took it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Bevilacqua | 1/27/2014

    " deja vu' all over again "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catriona Buhayar | 1/24/2014

    " This was deeply in engrossing and kept me talking about the abuses of Enron for a good month. Now I worry about what the expose book of our current economic situation will say! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 1/2/2014

    " Information overload. This was easy to digest in pieces. After reading I watched the documentary. Although some interesting stories were left out, such as Rebecca Mark's contribution to the smoke and mirrors, it was well worth the 109 minutes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 12/27/2013

    " This one was sometimes tough going, trying to follow the ins and outs of the questionable accounting and business schemes, but, in the end, it's about the people whose greed and vanity caused one of the biggest buxiness scandals in living memory. I'm satisfied to be able to say I have read it, and I did like the book, but not enough to recommend it to many people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/12/2013

    " Why reported narratives can make sense of confusing sagas like the Enron scandal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Hopkins | 12/12/2013

    " Interesting and disturbing at the same time... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cortney | 12/9/2013

    " If you are going to commit a crime make sure the monetary value of the crime is the highest posible to enure the lowest punishment possible "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/7/2013

    " Very well writen study of the rise and fall of Enron. Not only was the book easy and fun to read, but Mclean does a fabulous job of explaining the complicated Enron fraud to a non-finance person like myself. I feel like I understand so much more about recent corporate fraud having read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 11/11/2013

    " Good subway read. The story was far more intriguing than I anticipated. It just confirmed suspicions for me, but sometimes you gotta do that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shriram Narayanan | 10/23/2013

    " Good read not quite as gripping as barbarians at the gate and less character development. Kinda shows how tough it is to build real value and also how if short term profits are high enough, folks don't worry about long term effects as they don't care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 8/29/2013

    " One of the best books I've read. Very interesting - detailed and possibly boring at times, but overall it was an informative and entertaining book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 8/28/2013

    " I think I'm drawn to books with "rise and fall" in the title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 8/24/2013

    " Very complex, but a good inside look at what went terribly wrong at Enron. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 4/21/2013

    " I can't believe these people got away with what they did. One jaw-dropping revelation after another. McLean does an excellent job of delving into the minute details of the deals that brought down Enron. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine | 2/8/2013

    " The topic is crazy interesting. The book does a decent job covering a dense history of a muddled company and keeping it readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Brenizer | 11/16/2012

    " Great book. Hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 10/31/2012

    " Decent read, but very dense and redundant at times (in addition to being quite long). Also, the "updated" information was only recent as of 2007. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/28/2012

    " Great story about the imperfection of human systems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/16/2012

    " This book is very, very well researched. I just had to stop reading because I was appalled at all of the shit those people did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 6/16/2011

    " Essential reading for any American who lived through the tech bubble of the 1990's and through the Enron debacle. The authors do a terrific job of not writing it like a HBR case study. Intriguing stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 6/4/2011

    " Interesting, I was just done reading Wall Street corruption books. Maybe I'll get back to it someday "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 5/10/2011

    " Interesting and disturbing at the same time... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/25/2011

    " Great book. Hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 2/2/2011

    " great investigative reporting...well written...easy to read.
    turns your stomach what this group of people got away with, and how. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 1/19/2011

    " Read this book if you have ever heard someone in authority tell you something that sounds confusing to you. There's a lot of corporate talk that industry leaders get away with because NOBODY dares question them. This author dared ask some questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 11/21/2010

    " I saw the documentary first. The author is interviewed in it and I thought it would be a great book. It was and i learned a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 11/19/2010

    " Good book! Took me awhile to read it though because very technical. "

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About the Author

Bethany McLean is a well-known journalist. Her March 2001 article in Fortune, “Is Enron Overpriced?,” was the first in a national publication to openly question the company’s dealings.

About the Narrator

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W.Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.