This was a very thorough and detailed book. However, I must admit it was a bit above my ability to follow every tentacle of the data (and I have a Masters Degree in Finance!). I think this might be one that would be better READ and notated in order to gain the fullest benefit from the extremely detailed and thorough examination of the factors leading to the current financial crisis.
This is a great book, on par with all Gladwell's other works. I found the very last few chapters to be the most interesting and applicable for my personal taste (small business owner), but the entire book was wonderful. Easy and enjoyable to listen to while at the same time very informative and eye-opening.
This was a typically Grisham novel- well composed, well written, but... totally depressing. You'll see...
This book was definitely exciting and it held my attention. However, the exposition was odd because it started with its focus on a character that you don't see again anywhere in the book. The ending was totally abrupt and rather anticlimactic. Had I actually read the whole thing (rather than listened to it on a long plane ride), I think I would have felt as if I had wasted my time... Good story but I'd rank the actual writing structure as a 1 (out of 5).
This book is interesting but I have found it very difficult to keep track of all the names and their associated roles... I am only halfway but have had to restart it twice and finally ended up writing a character list. It might just "be me", or the ethnocentricity of being blocked for non-Euro-American names, but it is really causing me to lose sight of the entertainment value. Plus, unless there is some crazy twist at the very end, it seems that the end is revealed in the Prologue (!?)
While the voice of the narrator was a bit bland, the book itself was interesting enough to hold my attention. It jumped around a bit but even if I allowed several days between listening sessions, I was able to pretty quickly get back up to speed.
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