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Gates VP

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  • Making Money: Discworld #36

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (447)

    The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations - including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

    Jason says: "Another gem."
    "Great stuff"
    Overall

    Pratchett seems to write really good stuff and great stuff, but I'm going to classify this one as excellent! He does all of the little things right.

    Stephen Briggs is a one-man show, with voices for everyone. Given that the book features new characters and pulls in the existing City Watch characters, this is pretty stellar. The characters are distinct and colorful and the reading is smooth and engaging. Can't ask for much more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • This American Life: Another Frightening Show about the Economy: Member Bonus

    • ABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By This American Life
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Alex Blumberg and NPR's Adam Davidson - the two guys who reported our "Giant Pool of Money" episode - are back. They'll explain what happened this week, including what regulators could've done to prevent this financial crisis from happening in the first place. To cover the daily ins and outs, Alex and Adam (with a few colleagues at NPR News) are also doing a free daily Planet Money podcast and blog.

    Peggy says: "A little understanding at last!!!"
    "Mandatory"
    Overall

    This episode and its partner "Giant Pool of Money" (link at bottom) are pretty much required listening. This is the quickest way anyone can get up to speed about the current Mortgages and Credit crises. These crises will affect almost every American (them or someone they care about) and these two episodes are the most accessible way to understand what's going on.

    Giant Pool of Money: (http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/products/ProductDetail.jsp?productID=RT_TALF_080510&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes)

    For more perspective on the current Financial crisis, see IOUSA. There is a free 30-minute version on their site.
    http://www.iousathemovie.com/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2795)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (549)

    The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

    Tim says: "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    "Great book, bad listen"
    Overall

    I love this book. I've mailed copies to my friends and family. I've joined his blog and evangelized his writings just for their sheer enthusiasm.

    But I cannot suggest this audio book, b/c it just sounds horrible. The book isn't meant to be read like a story, but it sounds like it's being read by a computer. This is a book that needs life and it simply doesn't have it. Maybe if it were read by Tony Robbins or the author himself, maybe then it would have some life, but as it is, it's just dead.

    Don't buy this audiobook, buy the real book instead.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Study in Emerald

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (2275)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (752)

    A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

    M. D. Baines says: "Listen Well"
    "Classic Neil Gaiman"
    Overall

    Great story, very engaging, very-well written. Gaiman has this ability to just suck you in and hearing it read actually increases that engagement.

    Much of Gaiman's work seems to made to read out loud and this is no exception.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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