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I am a Certified Financial Planner Practitioner in the South Florida area. Most of my reading (listening) revolves around financial/business issues, by necessity. However, when I get the opportunity, I browse for good fiction and personal growth titles, usually relying on the reviews of audible listeners.

Davie, FL, USA

  • 3 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 141 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Financial Reckoning Day: Surviving the Soft Depression of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Bonner, Addison Wiggin
    • Narrated By Richard Harries

    William Bonner and Addison Wiggin deliver their extremely successful financial newsletter, Daily Reckoning, to more than half a million readers. Now this pair of maverick investment writers shows that the key to surviving a "soft" depression is not collecting and analyzing current market data. Instead, if Americans want to plow through their financial woes and put some muscle back in their portfolios, they must look to the follies of the past.

    Scott says: "Looks At Past In Detail, Not Much Future"
    "Looks At Past In Detail, Not Much Future"

    As a finacial professional, I chose this piece in an attempt to glean some financial insight into what I agree to be a financial turmoil upcoming in the near future. I agree with the authors that the current "bulbles" of Real Estate and the derivatives market will likely unwind, and therefore have a drastic effect on the equity markets and the economy in general. The title of the book might imply that it is a strategy to handle the possible pending collapse, however, it is a more aptly described as a detailed look into the past - recent and distant - with respect to the various bubbles that have occured throughout history. The authors make their points through painstaking detail of this history, noting that these bubbles have never been deflated effectively. They have little, if any, confidence that this time will be any different. I found the history lesson informative and entertaining, but felt the book fell a bit short on actual strategy looking forward. With that aside, I found this book to be worth my time, even though it is a quite lenthy unabridged narration.
    The narrator was very effective in keeping the pace and tone of the book interesting, and I would listen to any other pieces he presents in the future. Those who have a professional or serious personal interest in the financial markets will most likely find this book worth their time with regards to the detailed (informative) history lesson.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Solid Story, Very Good Narrator"
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I do not typically listen to fiction, but I have read a few Stephen King books, and had enjoyed his writing style. As compared to his other writings, this ranks as one of his better works.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    The entire book seems to flow without dragging, even though it is a long narrative. I would say that the story keeps the listener engaged, and I found myself wanting to get back into the story without delay.

    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Craig does an excellent job with the narration, and his voice inflections between characters; as well as playing into the emotion of a particular scene, kept me engaged as if I was watching it played out in front of me. Very well done.

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

    I did not have an extreme reaction, nor does the story require extremes. It is a compelling ficticious view wrapped around actual historical people, done in such a way that keeps you listening to the end. The book has sort of a long "wind down" but it does not cause you to lose interest.

    Any additional comments?

    I will likely look for other titles narrated by Craig Wasson; he helped bring this story to life for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus: A Story from Haunted - Free Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    William says: "A waste of time."
    "Are you Serious?!"

    Well what can I say about this "Free excerpt."
    First, I was blown away by the perverted sexual content, which was simplistic and poorly written. I won't even get into the "sloppy seconds gross-out segments...."
    I didn't know a sexual fiction piece could be so boring. Also, it seems to me that it might be mistaken for a benign horror novel, safe for younger isn't. This is the first audiobook I've deleted from my collection. Not worth the time, even if it IS free.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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