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M. Gould

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  • Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Patterson
    • Narrated By Byron Wagner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (194)

    In the beginning was Josh Levine, an idealistic programming genius who dreamed of wresting control of the market from the big exchanges that, again and again, gave the giant institutions an advantage over the little guy. Levine created a computerized trading hub named "Island" where small traders swapped stocks, and over time his invention morphed into a global electronic stock market that sent trillions in capital through a vast jungle of fiber-optic cables.

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    What disappointed you about Dark Pools?

    Patterson makes the reader feel that they are on a behind the scenes tour of Wall Street. Unfortunately, it is more fiction than fact.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Patterson? Why or why not?

    No, after completing this book and then going back reading the reviews for "The Quants" it is clear that Patterson relies on hyperbole instead of research.


    What didn’t you like about Byron Wagner’s performance?

    Byron Wagner put an exclamation point at the end of every sentence, as if every paragraph was detailing a scandal on the order of Watergate. If you listen to more than ten minutes of this, it sounds downright silly, particularly as Patterson waffles between inconsistent conclusions.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Pools?

    I would have sent the book back for further research.


    Any additional comments?

    The story of Josh Levine and the rise of Island is mostly true, however the rest of the book is speculative and misguided.

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