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T. Plunk

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  • 12 reviews
  • 67 ratings
  • 141 titles in library
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  • The Intelligent Investor: The Classic Best Seller on Value Investing

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Benjamin Graham
    • Narrated By Bill McGowan
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (265)

    The classic best seller by Benjamin Graham, perhaps the greatest investment advisor of the 20th century, The Intelligent Investor has taught and inspired hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Since its original publication in 1949, Benjamin Graham's book has remained the most respected guide to investing, due to his timeless philosophy of "value investing".

    gulrez says: "very useful, unfortunately abridged"
    "Good concepts for all time"
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    What did you like best about The Intelligent Investor? What did you like least?

    The concepts were widely applicable.


    Any additional comments?

    The examples are out of date. Take some time to think of the concepts behind the examples.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Max Bazerman
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Imagine your advantage in negotiations, decision-making, and leadership if you could teach yourself to see, and evaluate, information that others overlook. The Power of Noticing provides the blueprint for accomplishing precisely that. Max Bazerman, an expert in the field of applied behavioral psychology, draws on three decades of research and his experience instructing Harvard Business School MBAs and corporate executives to teach you how to notice and act on information that may not be immediately obvious.

    T. Plunk says: "No magic formula but and interesting book"
    "No magic formula but and interesting book"
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    The book mainly talks about why we don't notice with very little of the book telling you how to notice. I'd still recommend the book, but basically the book tell you what not to do to miss something. This is hard, but worth reading and practicing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (226)

    Great companies can fail: not because they do anything wrong, but because they do everything right. Meeting customers' current needs leads firms to reject breakthrough innovations, "disruptive technologies", that create the products and opportunities of the future.

    3.14 says: "See "The Innovator's Solution" Instead"
    "An interesting perspective on innovation"
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    If you work somewhere where you work or drive innovation, I would recommend reading this book. It has some interesting perspectives on when and what types of innovation are successful. It may taking some thought to apply this to your situation, but read it and see what you learn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Levitin
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (138)

    In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel - and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time. With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives.

    Oliver says: "Finally a book about productivity that delivers!"
    "A great book on how you mind & how to be organized"
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    What did you love best about The Organized Mind?

    The book explains how you mind tricks you and what you need to do to be organized. With this information I've been able to more effectively use organizational systems I was already familiar with and adapt them to my own traits.


    What other book might you compare The Organized Mind to and why?

    The closest book I've read was "Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills", but this focuses more on the effect of some of the same issues with thinking on science.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the author talks about how highly organized people organize their mail.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Organized Mind?

    I have been able to organize my email more effectively using the principles in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend anyone who's job revolves around email to read this book and most others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Money. Wealth. Life Insurance.: How the Wealthy Use Life Insurance as a Tax-Free Personal Bank to Supercharge Their Savings

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Jake Thompson
    • Narrated By Alan Caudle
    Overall
    (14)
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    (10)
    Story
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    America's elite have been using cash value life insurance to stockpile wealth for centuries. Used correctly, it is better described as a personal bank on steroids, and a financial bunker for tough times. To be clear, this audiobook is not about the typical garbage peddled by most insurance agents. Rather, an alternative to the risky investment strategies taught by Wall Street. It details a highly efficient form of cash value life insurance designed to supercharge your savings and stockpile wealth.

    T. Plunk says: "Pure sophistry. Look elsewhere"
    "Pure sophistry. Look elsewhere"
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    Nothing really useful. I'm not talking about the subject just the book.
    Leaves out critical information you need to execute the method.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Distress Investing: Principles and Technique

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Martin J. Whitman, Fernando Diz
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Financial innovation, new laws and regulations, and the financial meltdown of 2007-2008 are just a few of the forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, today's distress investment environment. Combine this with the fact that the discipline of distress investing doesn't always follow what conventional wisdom says, and you can see why it is one of the most challenging areas in finance. Nobody understands this better than Martin Whitman and Dr. Fernando Diz.

    Singlestrand says: "Kind of rambling..."
    "Great book intended for the professional investor"
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    What did you love best about Distress Investing?

    Detailed textbook like book on distressed investing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Martin J. Whitman and Fernando Diz again?

    Yes.


    What three words best describe Pete Larkin’s performance?

    College lecture like


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Professional distressed investing.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, love the perspective.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Get Rich with Options: Four Winning Strategies Straight from the Exchange Floor, 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lee Lowell
    • Narrated By John Haag
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    After numerous years as an options market-maker in the trenches of the New York Mercantile Exchange, few analysts know how to make money trading options like author Lee Lowell. Now, in the Second Edition of Get Rich with Options, Lowell returns to show you exactly what works and what doesn't. Filled with in-depth insight and expert advice, this reliable resource provides you with the knowledge and strategies needed to achieve optimal results within the options market. It quickly covers the basics before moving on.

    P. O'Neill says: "Well presented strategies."
    ""Rich" may be an exageration, but make money, yes"
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    I liked this book. Very practical guide to options. Does a decent job of explaining the risks.

    Don't jump into options if you are a gambler. I think options can be a good addition to your portfolio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad's Advisors: The ABC's of Property Management: What You Need to Know to Maximize Your Money Now

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ken McElroy
    • Narrated By Dave Mellow
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    So you've made your investment, now the question is: how are you going to sustain it? Make it grow? Maximize its potential? One word: management. Hundreds of thousands know Ken McElroy as real estate investment tycoon, and according to him, sound property management is the cornerstone of his success. Now, he reveals the most important principles of property management his new audiobook.

    T. Plunk says: "Could have been shorter"
    "Could have been shorter"
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    What made the experience of listening to Rich Dad's Advisors the most enjoyable?

    Very practical guide to property management.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, take you time to understand this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The first few chapters give the best advice. Many chapters are about money management, which as the treasurer dealing with a property manager I dealt with much of that. Your experience therefore will probably vary.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Super Boom: Why the Dow Jones Will Hit 38,820 and How You Can Profit From It

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jeffrey A. Hirsch, Barry Ritholtz
    • Narrated By Christopher Robin Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (2)
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    (2)

    In 1976, Yale Hirsch predicted a 15-year super boom - a move in the stock market of 500% or more. His forecast proved accurate as the market rose and continued upward, eventually posting growth over 1,000% just before the tech crash in 2000. In Super Boom, Jeffrey Hirsch, President of the Hirsch Organization and Editor in Chief of the Stock Trader's Almanac, unveils the next market expansion. Hirsch has discovered that meteoric rises in stock indices are due to specific catalysts.

    T. Plunk says: "The boom is the author hitting you in the head"
    "The boom is the author hitting you in the head"
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    What disappointed you about Super Boom: Why the Dow Jones Will Hit 38,820 and How You Can Profit From It?

    The author spent a large amount of time citing facts, but not enough time convincing me that actually prove the hypothesis. I felt like I was being pelted with facts.


    What was most disappointing about Jeffrey A. Hirsch and Barry Ritholtz ’s story?

    The actual story was only a small part of the book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Robin Miller’s performances?

    Maybe, I felt the voice was chosen to give credibility to the story. If anything, to me it was a distraction.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time with this book. If you do, read the last few chapters where he state his conclusion, before you read the beginning chapters where he is trying to prove it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Book That Saves Your Assets: How the Rich Stay Wealthy in Up and Down Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Darst
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    David Darst, also known as Mr. Asset Allocations, shows you how to use savvy asset allocation strategies that you can use to invest like the rich do. This dynamic and easy-to-understand book allows you to rethink your asset allocation strategies and make the leap from mediocre to stellar returns.

    T. Plunk says: "Don't expect miracles"
    "Don't expect miracles"
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    What did you like best about The Little Book That Saves Your Assets? What did you like least?

    There was very little practical advice, but a lot of theoretical advice.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The little book of Main Street Money


    Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was The Little Book That Saves Your Assets worth the listening time?

    Barely, but I don't regret listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want something you can directly apply, look somewhere else. If you are looking for all the financial education you can find, I think this is worth the read. The title suggests that it take the concepts of the wealthy and applies it to those of us with smaller portfolios. I found it does the former, but not the latter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Book of Main Street Money: 21 Simple Truths That Help Real People Make Real Money

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jonathan Clements
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    In The Little Book of Main Street Money, Clements brings us back to basics, with commonsense suggestions for intelligent money management. Chock-full of financial guidance that will stand up in any market, the book also reflects a financial philosophy that Clements has developed over a lifetime of watching Wall Street and writing about money-and that is even more important in the current volatile market.

    John says: "Should Be Rated Higher"
    "Good beginner investor book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Little Book of Main Street Money the most enjoyable?

    A lot of good advise packed into a small book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The book was somewhat inconsistent. Claiming at points that investors were rational and irrational with no explanation.


    Any additional comments?

    Read more than this book. It has good advise, but I think of it as a starting point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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