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Christopher Smith

Santa Clarita, CA United States | Member Since 2012

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  • When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Lowenstein
    • Narrated By Roger Lowenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (166)

    When Genius Failed is the cautionary financial tale of our time, the gripping saga of what happened when an elite group of investors believed they could actually deconstruct risk and use virtually limitless leverage to create limitless wealth. In Roger Lowenstein's hands, it is a brilliant tale peppered with fast money, vivid characters, and high drama.

    Pankaj says: "Informative and interesting, full of suspense"
    "Solid and Portrayl of a Complex Financial Mess!"
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    If you could sum up When Genius Failed in three words, what would they be?

    What a mess!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John William Meriwether was my favorite character because his portrayl within the book as the most sensitive and rife with Greek tragedy. (For those options enthusiasts reading this, the pun was absolutely intended!)


    What about Roger Lowenstein’s performance did you like?

    The reading was crisp on the ear and very easy to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Um, it's about bankers. I cheered when they went down in flames!


    Any additional comments?

    Superb story telling. If you are at all interested in the saga of Long-Term Capital Management, download this and give it a listen. I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2148)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (714)

    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "What Makes Some Messages Memorable..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The answer is yes, but only if to someone who is interested in marketing or learning to persuade others.


    What other book might you compare Made to Stick to and why?

    I have read or listened to so many business and marketing books that after awhile the concepts get repeated and repacked enough that it is hard to separate what came from where. I find myself thinking about Cialdini's books and various copy writing books by Dan Kenney and others when I listen to this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Scene? The story about the ice bath and the kidney thieves stands out most in my mind at this point.


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

    Discover the Magic of making something compellingly memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    This was certainly a worthwhile listen and helps the reader (listener) evaluate how they might better communicate a message so that it stays with and persuades their audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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