House of Cards was a thoroughly engaging read(listen). Found the narration to be superb especially the tonality used for CEO Jimmy Cayne's Voice. At some points it felt like I was actually there listening to these guys in their office. The story of hubris and greed is a sad commentary. Such is the case that "bankers/brokers" making ten's of millions of dollar a year were able to destroy a company with 13,000 employees and an 80 years history. Little or no technical jargon. No need to be in finance to enjoy this book. Like to walk when listening to books and was able to walk farther and longer than usual because I found the story so interesting.
This is probably the most stimulating and interesting book I have listened to in the last year. Great way to see the United States and how it can continue to be an effective leader as a country in an ever changing world. The United States hegemony will probably decline but our importance is the world will continue if we understand and respect the desires and aspirations of other nations. Our image as a nation is equally important, if not more so, than our brute power in helping to shape an abundant, dynamic, safe, democratic and healthy world for all its inhabitants.
A perfect book to read for anyone who plans to vote in the upcoming 2008 Presidential Elections.
Those wishing for a better understanding of some of the roots of the Sept 11, terrorist bombings, islamic fundamentalism and the changes occuring in Europe as a result of large scale immigration over the past decade will enjoy this read. It is provocative, easy to grasp, lighthearted, entertaining and well, funny at times. It is another perspective in this fast evolving world we live in. The Narrator Nadia May is superb. I am going to review others titles that she has performed. Thank-you Author Claire Berlinski.
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