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  • Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicholas Shaxson
    • Narrated By Tim Bentinck
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Most people regard tax havens as being relevant only to celebrities, crooks and spivs, and mistakenly believe that the main offshore problems are money laundering and terrorist financing. These are only small parts of the whole picture. The offshore system has been (discreetly) responsible for the greatest ever shift of wealth from poor to rich. It also undermines our democracies by offering the wealthiest members of society escape routes from normal democratic controls.

    Toombs says: "Amazing book on tax havens"
    "Stranger than fiction!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of the best books that I've read in years. The audio version is outstanding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The people trying to leave the bastions of tax secrecy were courageous, scared, and compelling.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Bentinck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he's very easy to understand.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best things that I've read in years.
    This book will become increasingly important over the next several years, as economic pressures on individuals and governments prompt people to start asking where all the money went.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Exile on Wall Street: One Analyst's Fight to Save the Big Banks from Themselves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mike Mayo
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    An insider points out the holes that still exist on Wall Street and in the banking system. Exile on Wall Street is a gripping read for anyone with an interest in business and finance, U.S. capitalism, the future of banking, and the root causes of the financial meltdown.

    PHIL says: "Self-absorbed, self-indulgent"
    "Timely, informative, illuminating"
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    Where does Exile on Wall Street rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an easy listen and a great way to get some historical perspective and background on the banking crisis.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    "Okay, now I have a better sense of how the huge mess happened, and also why we have not really begun to clean it up yet."


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was easy to follow; it's very easy to listen to this book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Still Standing: Mike Mayo Survives Banks and Vampire Squid Attacks


    Any additional comments?

    Useful background in a coming-of-age context. Mayo's personal history merged with the sense of America in the 1980s and 1990s, explaining changes in banking and finance that happened during that period. Mayo comes across as a guy who honestly cared about the investors he was supposed to be advising.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greedy Bastards: Corporate Communists, Banksters, and the Other Vampires Who Suck America Dry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dylan Ratigan
    • Narrated By Dylan Ratigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Dylan Ratigan is mad as hell. Infuriated by government corruption and corporate communism, incensed by banksters shaking down taxpayers, and despairing of an ailing health care system, an age-old dependency on foreign oil, and a failing educational system, Ratigan sees an America that has allowed itself to be swindled and robbed. In this book, his first, he rips the lid off our deeply crooked system—and offers a way out.

    Cathy says: "Very eye opening and engaging!"
    "Good overview, great pace, relevant topics"
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    Would you listen to Greedy Bastards again? Why?

    Yes. Informative, focused, and relevant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Greedy Bastards?

    Susie Buffett's information about early brain development and the implications for education.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Ratigan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several.


    Any additional comments?

    You don't have to listen in one sitting; it's a great audio book while you are doing other activities. Timely information.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (300)

    It was wonderful to be young and working on Wall Street in the 1980s - never had so many 24-year-olds made so much money in so little time. In this shrewd and wickedly funny audiobook, Michael Lewis describes an astonishing era and his own rake's progress through a powerful investment bank.

    David says: "okay at best"
    "Recommended"
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    What did you love best about Liar's Poker?

    If you want the backstory for the Meltdown of 2008, this is a great listen.


    What other book might you compare Liar's Poker to and why?

    Boomerang, Big Short


    What three words best describe Michael Lewis’s performance?

    Amusing, wry, insightful


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Entertaining way to learn about Wall Street and finance and recent US financial history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way We're Working Isn't Working: How Intense Focus and Frequent Renewal Fuel Great Performance

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes
    • Narrated By Tony Schwartz
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Demand is exceeding our capacity. The ethic of "more, bigger, faster" exacts a series of silent but pernicious costs at work, undermining our energy, focus, creativity, and passion. Nearly 75 percent of employees around the world feel disengaged at work every day. The Way We're Working Isn't Working offers a groundbreaking approach to reenergizing our lives so were both more satisfied and more productive, on the job and off.

    Kevin says: "Get More Sleep, Get More Done"
    "Excellent resource"
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    What did you love best about The Way We're Working Isn't Working?

    I have the hard copy of this book, but I wanted to review it several times. I didn't have the time to sit and review the print version, so the audio was a time-efficient way to do review and reinforce the key ideas.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tony Schwartz?

    Absolutely.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's easy to listen to in 10-minute segments, or longer if you prefer.


    Any additional comments?

    Practical information, simply explained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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