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Eric T. Cowan

Austin, TX | Member Since 2013

  • 6 reviews
  • 186 ratings
  • 532 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Hedge Fund Market Wizards

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jack D. Schwager
    • Narrated By Clinton Wade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This audiobook provides fascinating insights into the hedge fund traders who consistently outperform the markets, in their own words. From best-selling author, investment expert, and Wall Street theoretician Jack Schwager comes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of hedge funds, from 15 traders who've consistently beaten the markets. Exploring what makes a great trader a great trader, Hedge Fund Market Wizards breaks new ground, giving readers rare insight into the trading philosophy and successful methods employed by some of the most profitable individuals in the hedge fund business.

    Jason says: "An indepth vew into Hedge Fund managers"
    "Interview Transcripts"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book is just a transcript of several interviews. Thank goodness the people being interviewed have lively stories. The book literaly says Hello Mr X. Tell me about x..... then a response, then a question, and on and on. Not even an attempt at a story line. There are chapter summaries at the end of each chapter too with highlights. If you want to read this book, get the print versions and skip to the summaries. The rest is best for skimming only.

    To make an audio version better, there would need to actually be a plot or story. Something that allowed the chapters to flow together and not be an anthology of interviews. There is no context to make me care about what these people say

    What could Jack D. Schwager have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Provide more background to market conditions, sense of common time and place, etc... The book Quants covered similar events in a much more enjoyable fashion. It had pace and urgency that an interview transcript really lacks.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Clinton Wade’s performances?

    Probably, he did well considering the format of the book.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hedge Fund Market Wizards?

    There is no cohesion between chapters. Each chapter is like, meet Mr X. Mr X tell me about your investing strategy.... Q&A, Q&A, Q&A, over and over again. Difficult to listen to. Probably ok to skim read, but not for the car ride listen.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragons of Dorcastle: The Pillars of Reality, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews

    The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

    Katie says: "Huh....Well there are dragons. Kinda."
    "Interesting blend of mages and technology"

    Good storyline and interesting characters. A definite departure from the theme of burden of command in the lost fleet series. Mages and mechanics are enemies but when two come together and put aside their differences much can be accomplished.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker

    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Andy says: "one of the better ultramarathon books"
    "Good storytelling, not a how to guide"

    Interesting book that details Scott Jurek's life and running career. It opens in Badwater and then tells a backstory as to how he got there. It was nice that there was not mentioned about the Copper Canyon run (well detailed in Born to Run) and there were lots of interesting stories about other races and his diet.

    The appendix at the end has several recipes (get Kindle or print version for that part).

    Narration was good and it was an easy enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stark's Command: Stark's War, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A mutiny on the moon places Sgt. Ethan Stark in command of the U.S. military forces there - and turns a dream for independence into a reality.

    Jean says: "An interesting military Sci Fi"
    "Great Series...very realistic"
    What did you love best about Stark's Command?

    Descriptions of combat on the moon and how real the issues and concerns would be. Innovative weapons and armor systems to protect troops.

    What other book might you compare Stark's Command to and why?

    The Lost Fleet series. Same author, similar character issues and interactions, different setting.

    Have you listened to any of Eric Michael Summerer and Jack Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. This was on par with the Lost Fleet series

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

    When your leaders can no longer lead, and you find yourself all alone on the moon., Stark will be there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laddertop

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Emily Janice Card
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Stefan Rudnicki

    Twenty five years ago, the alien Givers came to Earth and bestowed upon the human race the greatest technology ever seen—four giant towers known as Ladders that rise 36,000 miles and culminate in space stations that power the entire planet. Then, for reasons unknown, the Givers disappeared.

    Brad says: "For immature readers (no offense intended)."
    "Not the Orson Scott Card I am used to"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The pace seems slow, but that is because there is not much content or timeline. Characters seemed flat and the plot overly simple. Seemed more like a short story or preface for a novel than his usual works.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Orson Scott Card and Emily Janice Card ? Why or why not?

    Love Orson Scott Card's works and have read almost everything he has written. Had this book not been by him I would have quit after the first couple of chapters. Yes will continue to buy his books.

    What three words best describe Emily Janice Card and Stefan Rudnicki ’s performance?

    below usual par

    Do you think Laddertop needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, but the book needs to incorporate Laddertop as the first few chapters and then continue on with lots more character and plot line development.

    Any additional comments?

    Pace of the story was a bit slow considering

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Learned so much I did not know"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    Yes, except that it would be nice to download all the pictures. I bought the iBook version to see the pictures.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    The discussion about the importance of design elements in everything. Specifically about the iPhone external design. Mine have always lived in the otterbox defender protective case. After hearing about the design aspects, I took it out of the case and have been enjoying the phone even more. Before I would not have appreciated the design elements.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interaction of Disney and Pixar and the making of Toy Story.

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

    It made me really reflect on the computer industry. I've been using computers for over 30 years and as a kid growing up got to see many of the innovations come about. Before this I did not have the deep appreciation for the people that made those changes that I know do. I frankly took for granted many of the innovations that now I recognize as groundbreaking. Looking forward to reading about Gates and Woz, next.

    Any additional comments?

    Overall the book was an outstanding view into the life of a visionary leader. His single minded pursuit of his ideal and utter lack of interest in how it affected others was a stark contrast to the Level 5 leader strategies from Good to Great. A very different approach, but I can not argue with the results or some of his comments about tolerating B players on the team.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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