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Would you consider the audio edition of The Power Brokers to be better than the print version?
Narration felt a bit folksly given the serious, non-fiction subject matter. I thought the forced accents were a bit much. Also, while I'm sure it's clear in the visual presentation, there are several sections (i.e. the intro chapter) where the narrative structure is unclear.
What other book might you compare The Power Brokers to and why?
Some of the early chapters share some overlap with The Age of Edison, while some others overlap with The Quest. I have not read anything else with this type of longitudinal review of the electric industry.
What aspect of Joe Barrett’s performance would you have changed?
I am not sure the narrator was the best choice for this book. In particular, I would not have recommended assuming the presumed accents of the individuals quoted from in the book.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Some of the early chapters, particularly those discussing struggles versus public and private utilities, felt particularly subjective. There was much focus on the political and legal tensions of the era with relatively little discussion of the technical aspects of the industry, the societal impacts of electrification, or many other facets which I believe would have been interesting. I thought Mr. Lambert made the right decision in developing the narrative around specific figures in the electric industry, though the character development was not sufficient for me to shed a tear when [spoiler alert] Sam Insull was extradited nor when Ken Lay had a heart attack. I was closest to shedding a tear following the failure of the federal cap and trade legislation.
Any additional comments?
It is clear that Mr. Lambert has had significant experience and engagement in the industry. I appreciate his efforts in sharing some of his perspectives and experience as (I presume) an energy attorney in this book. It was an interesting perspective and many of the issues present in the book are echoed in utility regulation today.