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Josh

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  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4411)
    Performance
    (1876)
    Story
    (1894)

    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.

    Jill Pagano says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Bit dry for me"
    Overall

    Perhaps because I've read SO much good journalism about this and heard Michael Lewis speak on it so eloquently on radio & TV, the pace of this account was hard for me to get into. I found it slow, with explanations of default swaps and collateralized debt obligations and short sells that I've become bored of since the crash. I suspect the written book trumps the audio because you can skim dry economic explanations whereas the narrator has to plod through them slowly. You'll need to be willing to put in time and effort for this one. I'm not.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Political provocateur Bill Maher tells it like it is in a useful and hilarious guide for the many Americans who want to do more here at home to help in the war effort, but are at a loss as to how. Says Maher, "Traveling the country, I find that people want to do more here at home, but are at a loss as to what. Even when the government issues a Terrorism Advisory, it's maddeningly vague - 'Terrorist alert today! Code Burnt Orange!' 'And what?' I always want to ask, "Bring a sweater?'"

    chris says: "Witty and accurate, mostly, but outdated"
    "Hilarious! Spectacular!"
    Overall

    It's true that this book is a bit dated. It was written right after 9/11 and it speaks from the mindset of that time.

    But Bill Maher is so hilarious and so passionate, and he reads his own prose with such character, that this is a delight.

    If you enjoy hearing his piece to camera at the very end of each episode of Real Time, this is basically like three brilliant hours of that. I don't agree with everything he says, but boy can he make a point.

    A total joy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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