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  • Pricing the Future: Finance, Physics, and the 300-Year Journey to the Black-Scholes Equation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George Szpiro
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Financial economist George G. Szpiro here tells the fascinating stories of the pioneers of mathematical finance who conducted the search for the elusive options pricing formula. From the broker's assistant who published the first mathematical explanation of financial markets to Albert Einstein and other scientists, Pricing the Future retraces the historical and intellectual developments that ultimately led to the widespread use of mathematical models to drive investment strategies on Wall Street.

    Tristan says: "Interesting story, terrible accents!"
    "Interesting story, terrible accents!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're interested in the history of finance and financial theory, then yes this is a nice soft introduction. The author does a reasonably good job of spicing up the fairly dry material with interesting stories that help place the events in their historical setting.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The book is filled with names, terms and phrases from French, Spanish, Latin and other languages. The narrator absolutely butchers the pronunciation of these. I really wish they'd at least given him a language coach for these bits of the book. It would be comical if it wasn't so sad.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Devil May Care

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By Tristan Layton

    An Algerian drug runner is savagely executed in the desolate outskirts of Paris. This seemingly isolated event leads to the recall of Agent 007 from his sabbatical in Rome and his return to the world of intrigue and danger where he is most at home. The head of MI6, M, assigns him to shadow the mysterious Dr. Julius Gorner, a power-crazed pharmaceutical magnate, whose wealth is exceeded only by his greed.

    Karen says: "Loved it!"
    "Worst James Bond story EVAR!"
    Would you try another book from Sebastian Faulks and/or Tristan Layton?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sebastian Faulks again?

    No. The story makes no sense, the characters' motives are absurd and James Bond behaves like the worst, most incompetent spy in the world. Its a terrible story, and screams with the most clichéd Bond stereotypes of a philandering drunk out to use violence to perpetuate western hegemony. Ian Fleming was no Shakespeare, but at least his stories made sense, his characters were plausible, and Bond had redeeming qualities. This is just rubbish.

    What didn’t you like about Tristan Layton’s performance?

    His foreign accents are pitiful. If you're that bad at accents, don't try. Just read the characters naturally.

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

    Not really.

    Any additional comments?

    Save your money or credits. Get something else. Jeffrey Deaver's Carte Blanche is a much better story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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