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Armand

Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

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  • 25 titles in library
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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
    (456)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (208)

    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!"
    "Fascinating!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Appropriately titled. No ONE factor to blame for the financial crises. A richly layered, well thought out history of all the factors leading up to "the perfect storm" that became the crises. Sometimes a "heavy" read/listen with a lot of technical terms that are explained but sometimes difficult to remember. In spite of that you do get an idea of the concepts involved. It was also the correct balance between details without missing out on the bigger picture. I thought the narrator was exceptional.
    Enlightening and entertaining. Overall a must read if the topic interests you at all.
    Heck, even if the topic doesn't interest you: listen and be astonished!

    0 of 0 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
    (1126)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (486)

    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"
    "One Perspective."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This account is but one of the many different perspective on the 2008 financial crises. A fascinating listen on the personalities and egos involved in the entire mess. You have to stop and wonder at times how the author was able to get the intricate details of key conversations and meetings that makes the story so much more interesting. However sometimes the details are overwhelming and a distraction and you tend to lose track of the main theme. True I may have a short attention span but I found myself struggling to remember the many characters involved at times.
    In my opinion, this book should be heard/read after having finished "All the Devils Are Here" (McLean and Nocera). That way you've just gotten the big picture view and history of The Crises and now you're ready for the detailed character descriptions.
    Overall an interesting read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6935)
    Performance
    (2743)
    Story
    (2750)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Entertaining!"
    Overall

    Nice combination of witty, educational and entertaining!
    I've listened to it twice in case I missed something the first time. That engrossing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (251)

    In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

    Lorac says: "Badly Abridged"
    "Abridged Version not enough"
    Overall

    Just when you start to follow his ideas and find them interesting...it ends! I got the plants, animals and germs part but I guess I have to buy the book to get the guns and steel ending!
    Interesting and enlightening audiobook though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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