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  • Red Alert: How China's Growing Prosperity Threatens the American Way of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen Leeb, Gregory Dorsey
    • Narrated By Brian Bascle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    The American Dream is close to being replaced by a living nightmare. Key commodities that are essential to our daily lives and that are widely believed to be abundant are running critically short. Even worse, the Chinese are doing what they can to monopolize the world's dwindling resources. The U.S. is now largely dependent on our greatest economic rival for rare earth elements as well as a host of other minerals - all of which are absolutely essential to the development of alternative energies....

    Graham says: "8 Hours to Make Only One Great Point"
    "Excellent Book"
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    If you could sum up Red Alert in three words, what would they be?

    China seeks a global monopoly in rare earth minerals to secure economic hegemony.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen Leeb and Gregory Dorsey ’s story?

    The book could be better organized. As well, much of its stems from research by Australian and US academics in the field of strategic trade theory. Although their logic appears sound, at first blush, they are not examining the deep economic costs and risks of China's position.


    Did Brian Bascle do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


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

    It was a drawn out magazine article not a book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Edwin Lefevre
    • Narrated By Rick Rohan
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (265)

    First published in 1923, this lightly fictionalized biography of Jesse Livermore, one of the greatest market speculators ever, is widely regarded as one of best investment books of all time. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the resource that generations of investors have turned to when they needed deeper insight into their own investing habits and those of others. Listen to this work, featuring narrator Rick Rohan, and you'll soon discover your portfolio growing in new and unexpected ways!

    Mike says: "A Good Listen"
    "An insight into trading"
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    What made the experience of listening to Reminiscences of a Stock Operator the most enjoyable?

    Great literature offers insight into the human condition. Although trading, in markets, streets and financial markets, is a basic of civilization, little has been written about it. This book is timeless because it explores the discipline and focus required to make a living trading.


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

    The narrative helped me to to recall the behaviour, discipline and nerve necessary to make successful trades. There is nothing like it and I never want to do it again. The book outlines the mindset necessary to run a scalping business in boarding school, the street corner or on the trading floor. It is a rare, and inglorious state of mind that has is almost never explored in literature. In Shakespeare, Shylock is an impoverished narrative of the mindset of a merchant trader. This book goes beyond the cardboard cutouts of merchant trader, and looks at the processe and human relationships necessary to sustain this vein of life. In this sense, it is a classic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By Philip Madoc, Neville Jason
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is one of the greatest texts in the English language. In magisterial prose, Gibbon charts the gradual collapse of the Roman rule form Augustus (23 BC - AD 14) to the first of the barbarian kings, Odoacer (476- 490 AD). It is a remarkable account, with the extravagant corruption and depravity of emperors such as Commodus, Caracalla, and Elagabalus contrasted by the towering work of Constantine, Julian, and other remarkable men.

    Jesse says: "A Triumph"
    "Getting Through the Book"
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    When I was in grade nine, I was told by my grandfather that this was one of the best written books in the English language. I began to read it on the bus, its corners became tattered as I poured over the words. I memorized passages and adopted its language in my high-school essays and was promptly reprimanded by my english teacher.

    I never managed to place the book in a narrative that I could describe to myself.

    This recording helped me get through the book in its entirety and absorb it as a narrative.

    Great book, great reading, read experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Russell Kirk
    • Narrated By Phillip Davidson
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    Kirk defines "the conservative mind" by examining such brilliant men as Edmund Burke, James Fenimore Cooper, Alexis de Tocqueville, John Quincy Adams, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benjamin Disraeli, Cardinal Newman, George Santayana, and finally, T.S. Eliot. Vigorously written, the book represents conservatism as an ideology born of sound intellectual traditions.

    Ted says: "Worth the time and effort"
    "A review of great books"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was well read and reflected the text of the book. However, it reviews rarely read books.


    Has The Conservative Mind turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has not.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The material is useful and valuable. However, it is tedious.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Hardwick
    • Narrated By Chris Hardwick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (694)

    Nerds: Once a tormented subrace of humans... Now captains of industry! You don’t have to be a stereotypical geekwad to appreciate the tenets of Nerdism and to make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of against you. Join Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick as he offers his fellow “creative-obsessives” the crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising. Success is the most satisfying - and legal - form of vengeance there is. And you can achieve it when you follow the Nerdist Way,

    Anne Terry says: "hashtag squee"
    "Common Sense that needs to be re-iterated"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Nerdist Way the most enjoyable?

    This is a funny audio book. What is most important is that the author knows his audience and their many many anxieties. So its advice is directed toward them.


    Has The Nerdist Way turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I probably will never be interested in


    Did Chris Hardwick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He does this through different voices and by comedy


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    God no ... I have to earn a living. Listened on the way to work.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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