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Michael

Alhambra, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Fool's Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gillian Tett
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Gillian Tett brings to life in gripping detail how the Morgan team's bold ideas for a whole new kind of financial alchemy helped to ignite a revolution in banking, and how that revolution escalated wildly out of control. The deeply reported and lively narrative takes readers behind the scenes, to the inner sanctums of elite finance and to the secretive reaches of what came to be known as the "shadow banking" world.

    D. Littman says: "Outstanding narrative about the financial crisis"
    "Very well done. Well Written"
    Overall

    This is a book by a skillful author. All the facts are carefully outlined and held together with just enough back story on the major characters to provide an easy to follow narrative. However, the point of the book is always to explain exactly how the financial crisis happened. The book starts at the very beginning when the "bistro" was first invented. It explains step by step how it was altered and how debt was sliced and diced and the implications. In the end you are left with an understanding of how you should react to the present market situation (my take is the 'ponzi" scheme is still in effect). This is an excellent book for the layperson who wants to have the entire market collapse, and all the complex financial instruments fully explained.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (1553)
    Story
    (1554)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    This is one of the great ones.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ford County: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By John Grisham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection of stories reminds us once again why Grisham is America's favorite storyteller.

    Wendy S. Ohl says: "Good story, hard to listen to"
    "The content is good"
    Overall

    Ok the narration by the author was not the best, but the content of the stories was good. A few of the stories really stood out as original. The stories are strong on character development and they are well researched.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (201)

    The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook. The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocence lost, and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another.

    Charles E. Grant says: "Infotainment, poorly written"
    "Poorly written"
    Overall

    I cannot believe how bad this was written. There are continuous passages where the writer talks about how a character is thinking about how the season is turning into spring and the college girls are wearing shorter skits. All the while you are waiting to hear what happened to the latest lawsuit.

    Basically it was 1/2 disk worth of facts that the writer turned into 6 CD's worth of material. Listening to this was so hard and the only reason I did not stop was because I wanted to know what happened. But this was the worst CD I ever heard out of 50+

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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