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  • House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Cohan
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In March 2008, Bear Stearns, a swashbuckling 84-year-old financial institution, was forced to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase for an outrageously low price in a deal brokered by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was desperately trying to prevent the impending catastrophic market crash. But mere months before, an industry-wide boom had "the Bear" clocking a record high stock price. How did a giant investment bank with $18 billion in cash on hand disappear in a mere 10 days?

    roberta Kane says: "Riveting, interesting, learned alot"
    "Mesmerizing Story, But Sad Human behavior"

    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Post-American World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Fareed Zakaria

    For Fareed Zakaria, the great story of our times is not the decline of America but rather the rise of everyone else - the growth of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, and many, many more. This economic growth is generating a new global landscape where power is shifting and wealth and innovation are bubbling up in unexpected places.

    Gus says: "The Rise of Chindia"
    "A Great Read aka Listen"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's Crisis is America's, Too

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Claire Berlinski
    • Narrated By Nadia May

    We think of Europe as the charming continent of windmills and gondolas. But lately, Europe has become the continent of endless strikes and demonstrations, bombs on the trains and subways, radical Islamic cells in every city, and ghettos so hopeless and violent even the police won't enter them. This isn't the Europe we thought we knew.

    Johnny says: "Fascinating"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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