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Jeroen

Berkel en Rodenrijs, Netherlands | Member Since 2012

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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

    Ian C Robertson says: "Another look at Route 66"
    "A must read in a time of crisis"
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    What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

    I liked the way the story about the Joads was intertwined with a more general persective of the situation in the region at the time. And I really got caught in the story. I also feel that some of the things that were true then, are still true now, and that lessons can be drawn from the crisis in the 1930's to our current crisis.


    What other book might you compare The Grapes of Wrath to and why?

    I have just read a Dutch book from Geert Mak, called Reizen zonder John, about the travels of John Steinbeck in the latter part of his life.


    Which character – as performed by John Chancer – was your favorite?

    Ma Joad


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

    Keeping up with the Joads


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (428)

    This audiobook is about luck, or more precisely, how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. It is already a landmark work, and its title has entered our vocabulary. In its second edition, Fooled by Randomness is now a cornerstone for anyone interested in random outcomes.

    Amazon Customer says: "An Excellent and Worthwhile Book"
    "Nobody can predict the future"
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    This book has been a great listen. It was revealing, insightfull and confrontational. I liked it so much, that I listened to it twice in a row.

    I recommend it highly to anyone not afraid to take honest new look at himself and the way he sees the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1422)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1284)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Five stars isn't enough!"
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    This is a great book. Michael Lewis has done an amazing job in describing the way that high frequency traders make their money and the way the rules and regulations have accommodated them. At certain points, you'll lose all faith in humanity because of the way greed dictates the way big banks and HF traders operate. But the main characters will also restore the faith, since most of them walked away from highpaying wallstreet jobs to try and sabotage the HFT business with their new index IEX.

    This book deserves more then the five stars that I can award to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (460)

    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very little new material - deceptively short"
    "A (good) rehash of earlier material"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of the Freakonomics guys. I have read their earlier books and I always listen to their podcast.

    In their new book, Steven and Stephen have not really added new insights for the true fans. Almost all the subjects and studies discussed in this book have been a subject of a podcast.

    I still highly enjoyed the book though, and I reckon most true fans will. And for anyone who isn't a regular listener to the podcasts, this will be a truly insightfull book I reckon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect. The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects.

    Chris says: "Buy the BOOK"
    "Probably a better read then a listen"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really liked listening to mr Taleb's book Fooled by Randomness. As a result, I bought his other books as an audio book as well. But The Bed of Procrustes is a collection of aphorisms without a storyline or even context. As true and insightfull as the aphorisms are, it is very hard to keep concentrated on a bunch loose phrases.

    I did really find a lot of the aphorisms funny and insightfull, so I will recommend this book, but if you are in two mind between buying it in paper or as an audiobook, I recommend you to buy the book in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (464)

    We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

    Ryan says: "A catalog of positive innovations on the horizon"
    "Interesting, intriguing, but overly optimistic"
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    The future that Steven Kotler and Peter Diamandis describe sounds amazing.
    I do feel that they are overly optimistic though and a bit blind for the possible setbacks.
    They discuss the Arab Spring, but not the war in Syria. So they cherry pick the news they like and that fits their story. This makes the story a bit flawed in my view. Incorporating the current setbacks and explaining them in the context of their story would have made the story much more powerful.

    I truly hope that their ideas about the coming abundance in Water, Food, Energy, Education, Healthcare and Freedom will come true. But I am afraid that there are too many powerful people and companies that have too much interest in keeping the current status quo intact.

    Another flaw in their reasoning in my view is that they expect Moore's Law and exponential growth to apply to each field they discuss. I hope that in a few area's this might be true. But I also think that most progress in these field will turn out to be slow, linear progress and not exponential at all.
    I hope that I am wrong though! :-)

    Overall I will rate this book with four stars since I really did enjoy the story, it gives a lot of hope for the future!

    As a last note, the writers do a lot of number crunching in this book. I found it a lot harder to stay focused listening to this, then I would have had I been reading it I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3487)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1036)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "An eyeopener"
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    What did you love best about Predictably Irrational?

    I like the way how the theory and the research are intertwined and how revealing and surprising the results were.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    If you could give Predictably Irrational a new subtitle, what would it be?

    You are not who you think you are


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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