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shari

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  • All the Devils Are Here

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (200)

    As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, misguided regulators, sleazy subprime companies, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers? According to Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, two of America's most acclaimed business journalists, the real answer is all of the above-and more. Many devils helped bring hell to the economy.

    eurilynn says: "Excellent!"
    "good book flawed reading"
    Overall

    This book is well written, well researched and informative. It's a shame that the narrator didn't bother to learn how to pronounce a key word [used at least 500 times]; it's shameful that the editor didn't catch the problem.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ron Suskind
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (206)

    The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, New York and Washington, learned how to manufacture it - until August 2007, when that confidence began to crumble. Ron Suskind here tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in "a new era of responsibility".

    shari says: "another uneducated narrator"
    "another uneducated narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator sounds like he should be narrating a detective story or The Twilight Zone. That actually is kind of nice, but he neglected to learn how to pronounce key terms such as "tranche" and AXA and keeps confusing "CDSs" [as in credit default swaps--complex and risky derivative insturments] for CDs [as in either certificates of deposit or the things music and/or data are recorded on].

    The story is interesting, though not novel.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Too Big to Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Andrew Ross Sorkin
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (470)

    A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America's financial history by an acclaimed New York Times reporter. Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.

    Laura says: "Surprisingly Revealing"
    "good book but narrator needed a teacher"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Overall, the book is good, but as with All the Devils Are Here, the publisher neglected to ensure that the narrator knows how to pronounce all of the words and names. At least, unlike ATDAH, the mispronunciations do not include a word that is used more than 500 times.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Hughes?

    Someone who bothered to find out how to pronounce the words and names.


    Was Too Big to Fail worth the listening time?

    yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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