All last week, NPR Planet Money has been talking about Fannie Mae and the whole housing loan and government backing. Podcast #262: Fannie And Freddie's Rise And Fall and #263: What Comes After Fannie And Freddie. It's very interesting how poor the two system is run and has yet learned their lessons with bad loans, bad mistakes, bad, bad, bad. It's amazing how AIG was poorly run and got bailed out. The book was just okay. I think that NPR had too much hype, promoting this title. The same information is in Too Big to Fail, The Big Short, Lords of Finance, and many others that I've read. The best part of this book is how Ameriquest was filing false or no papers for loans. I was disappointed at this book because it didn't cover anything about the failures of government home loans refinancing and that mess and how people are loosing their homes because the banks still doesn't gets it. Over hype book. If you read the previous titles that I mentioned above, skip All the Devils Are Here because you are not learning anything new. I gave it three stars just because it was a tolerable read.
Growing up with a disability, I always had a hard time being social no matter how many friends I had. I always felt like that I stuck out like a sore thumb. Ironically, I overcame my fears and more people knows me than I know them. At some point in my life, I became a rolling billboard for most people because of my unique ability to use my feet. I only have a handful of friends that I'm close with, and rooms full of names that I choose to not to know. I also choose not to have a social media status because I find posting to be counterproductive to the real thing. I don't need thousands of followers that I will never meet other than reading their texts.
By the way, I don't Tweet, Posts and unless we met in real life and have a common interest, I don't Friend either.
"Social: Why Our Brains are Wired to Connect," by Matthew Lieberman, is a remarkable study how our brain is wired at being social. Outstanding information how being social betters our society in every way. This book really hit home when he tries to explain that being social is like a smoker having two packs of cigarettes a day. Really interesting on human beings needs to be social and how the act of communicating can can teach, learn, and encourage others. There are many more examples from Lieberman and they are all well explain.
I'm not into aviation, but if you are going overseas, you will most likely be traveling on a "747." Very interesting story how the aircraft became about. The book reads more like an autobiography for Joe Sutter. He was the head engineer for the aircraft at Boeing. 747 changed how we fly.
I always learn something new when I read about Hitler, but Ben Urwand tries too hard in "The Collaboration." Hitler's links to Hollywood over one reel, (All Quiet on the Western Front) was a bit of a stretch for a book. The author just tries too hard on hot Hitler had a strong hold on Hollywood.
After a while, I lost interest in the book because I couldn't connect the dots. It's an interesting subject, but not well explain. This book is poorly bounded with loose information. It lacks in structure.
The subject needs to be redone by an historian.
I was looking forwarding at reading "Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck" because I am human and I use the F word when I'm frustrated, happy, or sad, but I couldn't stop swearing as I listen to Amy Alkon ongoing rants. She is just a complainer. Do's and Don'ts. After a while, I found her rules to be nonsense. F*ck, this book was just bad. Can't believe that she got popular from her Ask Amy columns. Her humor supposed to be funny, but I found this book to be annoying. Not my kind of read at all.
The biography on "Walt Disney" by Neal Gabler is tedious, dull, and boring. I was expecting more of Mr. Disney's life and the magic kingdom, but too much detail on the business, going broke, and the making of Snow White. I almost couldn't finish this book because there were too many footnotes after footnotes. I bought the wrong book because I learned nothing on the creator, other than being a tyrant. It was like waiting in line and being disappointed with the ride.
I'm not sure why "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows" is book #8.5 in the Outlander series. I understand that this is a short story about Roger's parents, but how come this novella was after "Written in My Own Heart's Blood?" #8 was publish in 2014 and #8.5 was published in 2012 after "An Echo in the Bone." I'm not sure on the numbering on this one. It doesn't make sense. Shouldn't the story of Roger's parents come before #8?
Don Winslow is a similar author to Johnny Shaw, but Winslow has less humor than Shaw. Due to the holidays, I couldn't devote my time with "The Winter of Frankie Machine.." I read this book in between meals, sports, naps, and talking to my aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. I should read this book again to get the full scope of the San Diego, surfer, murder mystery. I read this one sporadically.
Over the last five months I've been consumed with the Outlander series. Ever since Audible had the first book as one of their Daily Deals, I've been addictive with Claire, Jamie, Brianna, Roger, and Frank. Now that I came to the end of the journey, I find myself going through withdraws and hope that the author will write just one more, #9 and hopefully #10. While we are at it, let's make it a baker's dozen, #13.
In the meantime, I will try to listen to all of the novellas to keep the urge at bay. I've been told from my friends that the novellas are like Methadone for Diana Gabaldon addicts. I'm getting ready for daily meetings, my new sobriety birthday and rehab because this is one of the best series that I've listened to.
"Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Moby)" is Bloody H. Christ, Good! I almost couldn't get through "An Echo of the Bones", but "Moby" just had it all for me. #8 and #3 (Voyager) are my favorite books in the series. They really stood out.
I really enjoyed how Gabaldon introduced General Washington and General Lee during the Revolution War. The wedding night with Ian and Rachel is probably the best scene that I've listened to in my entire library. Auntie Claire giving Ian advice was classic, "Oh God." Very funny.
Let's not forget the explanation about the time travel from Brianna, fire, deaths and finally, Claire facing her predator.
I need to thank my friends for forcing me to read this series. We had many discussions in our book club with numerous theories on what will happen next. Perhaps, Diana Gabaldon will write another series with Jem and Mandy to get a childhood prospective of the stones? Or maybe Claire will time travel 60 years in the future and be apart of the Civil war?
Whatever the next story might be, we don't want it to end at "Moby."
It was a pleasure at listening to Davina Porter's performance. During the last four hours of #8, I put the audio back onto normal speed to save the last bits of words as long as possible.
As I mention before, this is one of the best series that I have listened to and if Dr. Fraser was real, I would want her to be my PCP.
The information that is presented in "City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age" is jumble together. The author has no organization skills. The book jumps from topic to topic with no cohesiveness. I don't mind text book writing, but I would hate to see the index of this book because the audiobook wasn't well put together. I don't know what Peter D. Smith was thinking, but the information of the topic is so random, that you feel that you are playing Trivial Pursuit. Poorly written in all counts.
I think if I didn't read the last 7 books in the previous months, I would had appreciate "The Space Between" more, but I'm getting ready to start "Written in My Own Heart's Blood" very soon. So, I don't really have the excitement to wait for #8 to come out since its already published. There is a 5 year gap between "An Echo in the Bone" and this novella. I would had been ecstatic to get "The Space Between" if I needed to wait for Diana Gabaldon to continue on with Outlander, but I'm about to be caught up with the entire series within 6 months. Not too sure how important is #7.5 or Joan MacKimmie has any role in Moby. I give this one 3 stars because I like seeing Diana Gabaldon writing more side stories from Outlander.
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