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L

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Walker
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
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    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Comeback America is a crucial manifesto, a way for President Obama to end out-of-control government spending and reform our tax, retirement, health care, defense, and other systems - before it's too late.

    Dan D. Dunlap, CFP® says: "Comeback America"
    "Not easy "read" but incredibly important"
    Overall

    Ok, the subject matter is dry, but this book is so important that it should be required reading for every citizen. If you can't bring yourself to read it, then at least watch the documentary film I.O.U.S.A., which prominently features the author and at least reveals the basic financial problems facing all of us. The book gives some possible solutions. He tackles every sacred cow in government.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Founder’s Dilemmas

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Noam Wasserman
    • Narrated By Mark Mosely
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    Often downplayed in the excitement of starting up a new business venture is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs will face: should they go it alone, or bring in cofounders, hires, and investors to help build the business? More than just financial rewards are at stake. Friendships and relationships can suffer. Bad decisions at the inception of a promising venture lay the foundations for its eventual ruin.

    Jonathan says: "Story is not bad but bad performance"
    "Stating the obvious, backed up by statistics"
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    Probably worthwhile to refresh your mind on things to think about, but it's basically a restatement of common sense, backed up by great statistics. Here's the entire book in a nutshell: 1) founders' motivations fall on a spectrum between control (being king) and cash (making money). Decide where you are on the spectrum and act and make busienss decisions consistently with that. Inconsistency in implementation of that can damage you. 2) mixing business and personal relationships is fraught with danger. Work with people who you've worked with, not your family or friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carmen Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (232)
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    (111)
    Story
    (107)

    Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing - and recovering -their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different" - claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. This book proves that premise wrong.

    D. Littman says: "necessary piece to understand the current crisis"
    "of course it's not different this time"
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    a must-read review of the history of financial crises. for all of our hopes that we've reached the end of history, we never do. this is essential reading for everyone in the West who ever wonders where the economy (whatever country you live in) is going next. straight-forward, easy to digest history that's interesting. ...then you won't be surprised when the news plays out now in this crisis the same way it's done in the past...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Medina
    • Narrated By John Medina
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (439)
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    (425)

    In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

    cynthia says: "Neuroscience for the nursery"
    "Entertaining and outstanding!"
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    I've recommended this to everyone. Read by the author, it condenses the current state of brain development into "rules" for dealing with children. By far the best of the bunch of recent books on raising children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer, Cindy S. Spitzer
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    Overall
    (232)
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    (182)
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    (180)

    While the "experts" want us to believe that all is well (or will be soon), nothing could be further from the truth. The worldwide financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 was just a sneak preview of what is to come. But for those who act quickly and correctly, there is still time to protect yourself, your family, and your business in the next global money meltdown.

    David M. Weprin says: "Interesting, convincing, and well narrated advert."
    "Needs editing, but well worth reading"
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    once you get past the self-congratulation and the sales pitches (which increase in the second half of the book), the predictions about the coming hyper-inflation and popping debt bubbles is well worth consideration. not all doomsday predictions.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By L. Jon Wertheim, Tobias Moskowitz
    • Narrated By Zach McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Drawing from Moskowitz's original research, as well as studies from fellow economists such as bestselling author Richard Thaler, the authors look at: the influence home-field advantage has on the outcomes of games in all sports and why it exists; the surprising truth about the universally accepted axiom that defense wins championships; the subtle biases that umpires exhibit in calling balls and strikes in key situations; the unintended consequences of referees' tendencies in every sport to "swallow the whistle," and more.

    steve says: "9 out of 10 people will like this!"
    "Freakonomics for people who like sports"
    Overall

    fun and interesting. deals with things you think you know, like the home field advantage

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2058)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1286)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "not sure why, but it's just not that compelling"
    Overall

    i really wanted to like it, but i grew bored and dropped it. (and i generally love science books)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples: 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harville Hendrix
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (87)
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    (87)

    Originally published in 1988, Getting the Love You Want has helped millions of couples attain more loving, supportive, and deeply satisfying relationships. This 20th-anniversary edition contains extensive revisions to the groundbreaking book, with a new chapter, new exercises, and a foreword detailing Dr. Hendrix's updated philosophy for eliminating all negativity from couples' daily interactions.

    Julie says: "Life saver!"
    "If you're ready for it, it could change your life"
    Overall

    (and if you can get past the cheesy title.) Basic techniques to understand yourself better by looking deeply into yourself, then help your relationships with everyone, by learning to communicate better (yes, i know it sounds cliche), and really, deeply understand others. Read it, then attend his seminars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2630)
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    (1626)
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    (1626)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Everyone, everyone, should read this book."
    Overall

    You need to understand what "psychopath" or "sociopath" actually mean, from a medical standpoint. Why? Because you probably don't know what the words mean now, and because you've already met, befriended, worked with, or lived with one, and may not have known it...to your detriment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4251)
    Performance
    (1736)
    Story
    (1755)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jay says: "Informative and Engaging"
    "Terrific characters, fascinating story"
    Overall

    If you don't understand why we suffered the big collapse of financial markets, this will explain it. If you already know what CDSs and CDOs are, you'll still find this fascinating because it's a retelling from the ground by people who watched it happen and participated in it while it happened. Third, if you like to read Lewis, you won't be disappointed.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Wealth, War, and Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Barton Biggs
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    In Wealth, War, and Wisdom, legendary Wall Street investor Barton Biggs reveals how the turning points of World War II intersected with market performance. Biggs will help the 21st-century investor comprehend our own perilous times as well as choose the best strategies for the modern market economy.

    morton says: "A Must For Every Serious Investor"
    "ok, but 20-20 Hindsight"
    Overall

    Primarily a history of WWII, with extra emphasis on what happened to financial markets and wealth. The end has his suggestions for keeping wealth through major crisis times (buy farmland). But his comments about how stock markets magically predicted everything are silly, 20-20 hindsight: 'notwithstanding the news coming from the front lines, the stock market somehow sensed that...'

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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