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The Chairman

Written by: Stephen Frey
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Publisher's Summary

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 listeners more thrilling rewards.  

A towering legend among New York private equity partnerships, Everest Capital is aptly named. When its founder meets an untimely death, 36-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.

©2005 Stephen Frey (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

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  • J. Anderson
  • 19-04-05

Excellent!

This book holds your attention from beginning to end. Scott Brick is outstanding as usual. I look forward to more books from this author. Very good read!

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  • Mike G
  • 05-05-05

Chairman a good listen

Tally enjoyed this book and hope more of Frey's books hit audible. Although a bit imaginative it was a terrific listen and held our interest to the end with its many characters and twisting plot.

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  • Greg
  • 29-06-07

Cliche'

This book is terrible. It is predictable and almost cartoonish in its lack of realism. The story and the writing would be laughable if I hadn't paid for the book. How many times in one book can a person's eyes "flash" to the eyes of someone else? That line was in this book at least a dozen times. I was tempted several times to stop listening. I like escapist fiction as much as the next person, but this book really is dreadful.

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  • Jan
  • 25-09-05

Good book but it lacks atmosphere

The story is ok but you are left with a feeling that something is missing. The missing part is a description of surroundings, the city the houses the rooms nothing is described, is it dark outside, is it rainy, is it cold, is it hot. The story is ok and so is the plot but you just feel and live the story.

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  • David
  • 14-08-05

The Chairman

riviting

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  • Leslie
  • 30-10-07

A great listen

This was one of the best books I've listened to - great character development and action. In the beginning I didn't know who to root for as every character seemed to have serious flaws. But one of the characters begins to evolve into a more positive person. There are many twists and turns in the plot that kept me guessing.

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  • Jared
  • 24-04-06

Great Book

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. First one I've listened to by Frey. If you enjoy the Baldacci's, Connelly's etc. with a financial spin - you'll like this one.

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  • William
  • 14-09-05

Excellent

Wow. Great story that keeps you on the edge of your seat up to the very end. The character developement was superb. The main character is somebody you start out not really liking but he grows on you. Add Scott Brick as the reader and you get five stars.

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  • Doug Williams
  • 25-05-05

Another Excellent Stephen Frey Novel

I enjoyed this book. It has a good pace, the author knows his subject and can spin a good yarn. I have read all of his books and this is one of his best.

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  • Patricia
  • 11-05-07

The Chairman

I listen to 1 to 2 books a week and its been quite a while since I have enjoyed a book as much as this one.

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  • Polly
  • 20-05-14

A bit of Struggle at times

I did find that this started off quite jumbled and it did lose my interest a bit at times. That said, I did persevere and it wasn't too bad, I'm not sure that I would recommend as a really good listen and wouldn't purchase another by this author although he did seem to have an excellent knowledge of his subject.
Thought the ending was a little lame.

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  • BDM
  • 18-07-13

Enthralling

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was hard to warm to the main charachter as he is a cut throught chairman, but overtime you got to see a warmer side to him, also most of his business associates where terrible charachters, so this helped

Plot great, very good investment of time and money.