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linda

Piedmont, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Bankers' New Clothes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anat Admat, Martin Hellwig
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    What is wrong with today's banking system? The past few years have shown that risks in banking can impose significant costs on the economy. Many claim, however, that a safer banking system would require sacrificing lending and economic growth. The Bankers' New Clothes examines this claim and the narratives used by bankers, politicians, and regulators to rationalize the lack of reform, exposing them as invalid.

    PHIL says: "Connecting many dots, but urges a particular view"
    "Better in Print"
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    This book is a really useful explanation of banking and financial markets written at a level that is comprehensible to the public so I gave it a "5" for story. However, the book contains hundreds of footnotes that just do not transfer well to an oral reading. This is not a small issue: the first hour had something like 45 footnotes! I am an academic so am used to footnotes (and usually read most of them) but this is really distracting and confusing in the oral version. Personally, I found the narrator's voice somewhat irritating - she uses odd intonation with her voice rising in strange places in the middle of sentences. At first I was excited to hear a woman reading an economics/business book but I quickly got tired of her voice. So, I recommend the book but I'd stick to the print version; it just doesn't work as an oral presentation (or they should have cut out the footnotes).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Johnson, James Kwak
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Even after the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, America is still beset by the depredations of an oligarchy that is now bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks, which together control assets amounting to more than 60 percent of the country's gross domestic product, these financial institutions (now more emphatically "too big to fail") continue to hold the global economy hostage.

    Kyle says: "Easy to Understand and Comprehend"
    "Excellent Explanation of Too Big to Fail Banking"
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    This is an excellent book that provides the historical background of the consolidation of financial institutions and the immense economic and political power the big banks now hold. The authors chronicle the government's role in its deregulation of the financial sector as well as its failure to adapt its oversight to monitor the shadow banking system and the new financial products that were responsible for the financial crisis. The book provides detailed information for understanding the current debate on "too big to fail" and "too big to prosecute." However, the narrator is horrible - his sentences are short and clipped and his intonation is extremely odd and annoying. His pronunciation is fine but it's hard to understand why this professional is allowed to speak in such a grating manner. I am sure he could do a great job at reading if he were to just adjust a little bit, in some places it is fine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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