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Rodrigo

CHAPEL HILL, NC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Crash of the Titans: Greed, Hubris, the Fall of Merrill Lynch and the Near-Collapse of Bank of America

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Greg Farrell
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    With one notable exception, the firms that make up what we know as Wall Street have always been part of an inbred, insular culture that most people only vaguely understand. The exception was Merrill Lynch, a firm that revolutionized the stock market by bringing Wall Street to Main Street. Merrill Lynch was an icon. Its sudden decline, collapse, and sale to Bank of America was a shock. How did it happen? Why did it happen?

    Charles says: "A Dizzying Story About the Fall of an Icon"
    "I feel like I was there!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Crash of the Titans to be better than the print version?

    yes. especially since reading a book while driving is a bad idea


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    that one man can bring an institution down


    Which character – as performed by Dan Woren – was your favorite?

    stan o'neill


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

    made me scared that this could happen


    Any additional comments?

    i am keeping my investments in index funds. i do not trust wall street

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pricing with Confidence: 10 Ways to Stop Leaving Money on the Table

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Reed Holden, Mark Burton
    • Narrated By Cheryl Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Bad pricing is a great way to destroy your company's value, revenue, and profits. With 10 simple rules, this book shows you how to deliver both healthy profit margins and robust revenue growth while kicking the dreaded discounting habit. The authors destroy the conventional wisdom that you have to trade margins for revenues and show you how to fully exploit the value your company offers customers. This is a proven plan for increasing sales without sacrificing profits.

    Rodrigo says: "Great Book! Lots of useful stuff you can use!"
    "Great Book! Lots of useful stuff you can use!"
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    Would you listen to Pricing with Confidence again? Why?

    After I listened to this book, I applied it to my small business. Before, I had just 1 service on the menu. I decided to add another service which basically adds another stream of income. I love it! This book paid for itself already!


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything


    Which character – as performed by Cheryl Tan – was your favorite?

    n/a


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    very useful tips. all are applicable to real life not abstract at all. lots of concrete examples too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Greg Smith
    • Narrated By Greg Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (248)

    On March 14, 2012, more than three million people read Greg Smith's bombshell op-ed in the New York Times titled Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs. The column immediately went viral, became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, and drew passionate responses from former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Mostly, though, it hit a nerve among the general public who question the role of Wall Street in society - and the callous "take-the-money-and-run" mentality that brought the world economy to its knees a few short years ago.

    Michael Moore says: "Engaging Story; Raises Highly Important Issues"
    "pretty good book"
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    If you could sum up Why I Left Goldman Sachs in three words, what would they be?

    worth a read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Why I Left Goldman Sachs?

    they author/reader's accent is pretty cool


    Which character – as performed by Greg Smith – was your favorite?

    him


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

    not done with it yet


    Any additional comments?

    i would not mind re-listening to this again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buffett Beyond Value: Why Warren Buffett Looks to Growth and Management When Investing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Prem C. Jain
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    In this engaging new audiobook, author Prem Jain extracts Warren Buffett's wisdom from his writings, Berkshire Hathaway financial statements, and his letters to shareholders and partners in his partnership firms. Jain uncovers the key elements of Buffett's approach that every investor should be aware of. With Buffett Beyond Value, you'll learn that, contrary to popular belief, Warren Buffett is not a pure value investor, but a unique thinker who combines the principles of both value and growth investing strategies.

    Master Yoda says: "Perhaps best book on Buffett style Value Investing"
    "The reader is quite irritating"
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    Would you try another book from Prem C. Jain and/or Mike Chamberlain?

    no


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Buffett Beyond Value?

    the lessons are good


    What didn’t you like about Mike Chamberlain’s performance?

    everything


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the topic has potential but the reader is pretty bad


    Any additional comments?

    Mike Chamberlain needs a different job

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Liaquat Ahamed
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (290)

    It is commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person's or government's control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions made by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of the economic meltdown, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades.

    Toru says: "interesting insight into interwar period!"
    "Boring is the word"
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    What would have made Lords of Finance better?

    Perhaps I did not give it much of a chance but this audiobook pretty much put me to sleep. It goes through the very personal background of the characters. Too much detail I believe. I was expecting the author to start discussing the character's favorite color.

    I am sure it is a good book and others will surely enjoy it. Maybe I should have bought the abridged version.


    0 of 1 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
    (40)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    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"
    "I like the book. Good luck to Mayo!"
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    Where does Exile on Wall Street rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mayo


    What about Dennis Holland’s performance did you like?

    Very clear


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

    Mayo-naise


    Any additional comments?

    Good luck Mike but I don't think you will bring down the bad guys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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