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M. van Huystee

Mark van Huijstee

The Netherlands | Member Since 2011

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  • The Rum Diary: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (74)

    Begun in 1959 by a twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s.

    Gypsy Wife says: "A pleasant haze with depth"
    "Makes you close LinkedIn and take a plane"
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    Would you listen to The Rum Diary again? Why?

    I have given copies to people to remind of the days that adventure was all that counted.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rum Diary?

    The St Thomas Carnival experience will not be forgotten.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    Paul Kemp is the man we once were or at least love the think we once were.


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

    The 6 hrs 24 min required less than a weekend to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    A 'must-read' book to escape from the books on geopolitics, China, economics etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crises

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Rickards
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (425)

    In 1971, President Nixon imposed national price controls and took the United States off the gold standard, an extreme measure intended to end an ongoing currency war that had destroyed faith in the U.S. dollar. Today we are engaged in a new currency war, and this time the consequences will be far worse than those that confronted Nixon. Currency wars are one of the most destructive and feared outcomes in international economics.

    Roddie says: "Must read, listen too!"
    "Better understanding of recent history."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have made this book mandatory listening for my children.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The first book made me better understand some key issues. Book 2 quickly became somewhat partisan and US politics. A great pity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Became to see the Marshall Plan (post-WW II) as quantitative easing and loans rather than pure benevolence.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That currency wars can propagate across world like the Spanish Flue.


    Any additional comments?

    Book 1 and the first part of Book 2, are greatly recommended. The last part of Book 2 can be reserved for US Partisan Politicos.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming China Wars: Where They Will Be Fought and How They Can Be Won

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter Navarro
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    China's breakneck industrialization is placing it on a collision course with the entire world. Tomorrow's China Wars will be fought over everything from decent jobs, livable wages, and leading-edge technologies to strategic resources such as oil, copper, and steel, even food, water, and air.

    Joe says: "Good Narration, Book Flawed"
    "Hysterical avalanche of popular sound bites"
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    Would you try another book from Peter Navarro and/or Stow Lovejoy?

    No!!!


    What could Peter Navarro have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Best thing Peter can do is to confine his books to his own club.


    What didn’t you like about Stow Lovejoy’s performance?

    The fact that he lend his voice and reputation to this hysteria.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Coming China Wars?

    All.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible should place books like this in a special section with "health warning"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Tail

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Christopher Nissley
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    What happens when there is almost unlimited choice? When everything becomes available to everyone? And when the combined value of the millions of items that only sell in small quantities equals or even exceeds the value of a handful of best sellers? In this groundbreaking audiobook, Chris Anderson shows that the future of business does not lie in hits ¿ the high-volume end of a traditional demand curve ¿ but in what used to be regarded as misses: the endlessly long tail of that same curve.

    M. van Huystee says: "It is true: "Sh*t happens!" (frequently)"
    "It is true: "Sh*t happens!" (frequently)"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Long Tail the most enjoyable?

    The listening experience was good.


    What does Christopher Nissley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nissley kept me focussed and did not allow to dose off.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book strengthened what was already obvious for daily experience.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend the book strongly to policy makers, corporate boards and project managers alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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