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Stirling

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1863)
    Performance
    (1537)
    Story
    (1552)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "A good understanding the global financial meltdown"
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    A good follow up to the Big Short whereby the financial meltdown is explained in more depth and detail on a global level. If you are seeking to understand how the complexities of global finance affect economies around the world and how those economies are interdependent then this book takes a look at a large sampling from large to small. It delves into the incompetent money managers thinking and sheds light on the corrupt and morally bankrupt banks that took down governments, and more importantly it illustrates how the tax payers who had the misfortune of having lived in places where the power elites wrote themselves blank checks with other people's money. A great great read!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1909)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (764)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Joe says: "Best Audiobook of 2010!"
    "Instant Classic"
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    From start to finish this was an incredibly exciting peak behind the curtain of the most significant election in the nation's history. Game Change is an inside the circle of power account of how to choose the leader of the free world and simultaneously how to destroy the credibility and reputation of a national hero. The only thing bigger than the egos of the key players in this story are the stakes they are all vying for, the Presidency of the United States and all the power and responsibilities that come with it. Easily the best book of the year and worthy of Pulitzer consideration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales
    • Narrated By James Andrew Miller, Matt McCarthy, Joan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (220)

    ESPN began as an outrageous gamble with a lineup that included Australian Rules Football, rodeo, and a rinky-dinky clip show called Sports Center. Today the empire stretches far beyond television into radio, magazines, mobile phones, restaurants, video games and more, while ESPN's personalities have become global superstars to rival the sports icons they cover.

    Danny D. says: "Not a lot of information"
    "An insider's view into my favorite network"
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    I thought this book told a very interesting story extremely well. It gives a certain level of insight that isn't available anyplace else. I also found the narration light and engaging with the changes in point of view which kept me listening even when the subject matter went off on a tangent. The story of the origins of ESPN were especially interesting along with the early days as the new kid on the block. I would recommend this book to all of my friends who love sports and like a good story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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