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  • Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (299)

    It was wonderful to be young and working on Wall Street in the 1980s - never had so many 24-year-olds made so much money in so little time. In this shrewd and wickedly funny audiobook, Michael Lewis describes an astonishing era and his own rake's progress through a powerful investment bank.

    David says: "okay at best"
    "Not much story here"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I kept waiting for the story to develop but it never happened.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Lewis before, how does this one compare?

    Disappointing.


    What aspect of Michael Lewis’s performance would you have changed?

    His performance as a narrator was OK.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would ask for a refund.


    Any additional comments?

    Editors should have said: Michael this is a good first draft but you must have more than a Show and tell on what I did this summer. Maybe, just maybe, it is because of all the shocking stories we have heard about Wall St. that make this one seem just so-so. Stories about Wall St. characters making fat salaries, smoking fat cigars and getting fat generally get tiring after a while. Oh, and don't forget, they rip people off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (4797)
    Performance
    (4050)
    Story
    (4021)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "A Life-transforming listen!"
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    Where does The Power of Habit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far? It's the best!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The real-life stories behind the points the author makes are what helped me fully understand how this works in practice.


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

    The narrator made this big story enjoyable from beginning to end.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    As stated in my title, the author gives readers a method to analyze and find out what truly motivates their habits. But the most important discovery for me was not that you can change A habit after much work and discipline. It was that if you focus on one habit, your efforts will impact other elements of your life, work, company, etc. The greatest example for me was the new Alcoa CEO deciding to focus on worker safety. At first, shareholders were shocked that this "bozo" didn't say he was going to "increase shareholder value, bla, bla". But ... I won't spoil it for you. You will realize that changing your life doesn't have to be a colossal job. Just change one habit and let the domino effect happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (483)

    For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine.

    Sean Gately says: "Great Idea, terribly slow and painful listen"
    "A cure to insomnia"
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    What would have made The Singularity Is Near better?

    Editing. 66% of the content could have been removed and it may have made an interesting book. As it is, I did not get past the first of 3 parts.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George K. Wilson’s performances?

    Maybe


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

    Hidden, very well hidden pearls of knowledge.


    Any additional comments?

    Kurzweil is extremely intelligent but should have sought advice on editing this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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