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toronto, ON, Canada | Member Since 2013

  • 2 reviews
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  • 63 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jason Kelly
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What do Dunkin' Donuts, J. Crew, Toys "R" Us, and Burger King have in common? They are all currently or just recently were owned, operated, and controlled by private equity firms. The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything takes the listener behind the scenes of these firms: their famous billionaire founders, the overlapping stories of their creation and evolution, and the outsized ambitions that led a group of clever bankers from small shops into powerhouse titans of capital.

    liza says: ""Modern day Wizards of Oz""
    ""Modern day Wizards of Oz""
    Would you listen to The New Tycoons again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again. It was well balanced with historical and current information. I was entertained while listening about the individuals and decisions that led to the "industry that owns everything". I thought it was all about greed and job losses and surprised at how much I learned.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The Private Equity opportunity was not an obvious one and trail blazers such as George Roberts, Henry Kravis, Steven Schwarzman, David Bonderman, David Rubenstein created an unpopular and unlikely "wild west" business into what it is today.

    Great key milestone stories; TPG bought TXU Energy in 2007, Occupy Wall Street movement, Mitt Romney and the White House, the decisions for KKR, Blackstone and Carlyle and Apollo to go public. I liked that Kelly included Canadian context and sharing of the PE start up in Ontario with Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTPP) and Canada Pension Plan (CPPIB). The recognition the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) was formed with many Canadian pension funds and the first organization to say, we need to do something to align interest of the investor with the interest of the industry and define a beneficial relationship.

    Have you listened to any of Brett Barry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


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

    It was not a laugh or cry type of book. I did find it entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ari Shavit
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts.

    Chaim says: "Important book; unfortunate narration"
    "Brilliantly Captured Content - No Words Are Wasted"
    What did you love best about My Promised Land?

    This book shares comprehensive research, opinion and facts, weaving together perspectives from left wing views, right wing views and everything in between. Ari leaves out the sugar coating. It provides raw truths on past, present and the unknown. The book does not dance around white elephants on conflict, Israelis, Iranian global nuclear threat, Palestinians, politics, economy and international opinions. After each chapter, I was armed with information I was not ready to deal with. Brilliantly captured content.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Promised Land?

    Access to the people he interviews for the book. He writes to uncover facts, truths and is not afraid to ask uncomfortable questions and he actually reports his findings. In every chapter I am shocked on what he shares. Ari's journalist gift, peacenik beginnings, birthplace and his family background, puts him in a unique position to convey such powerful inside stories to the reader. His questioning comes from a deep place of understanding, frustration, fear and triumph.

    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Just loved his voice. The perfect cast. Sample audio does not do it justice. Paul begins the chapters speaking fast and as the depth of the stories progress, there is sarcasm, despair and delight in his voice.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, I was almost in tears listening to the harsh beginnings, suffering and despair. Towards the end, my heart fell into my stomach. The ending leaves you in a pensive thought, I wanted at least one more chapter.

    Any additional comments?

    He explains brilliantly how and why the middle east conflict and life is complex and where the hope for peace stands. Forget about Self Help books - listen to this and you will learn about decades of hope, anguish, luck, faith and courage from both Israelis and Palestinians.

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