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clemens

Roskilde, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Johnson, James Kwak
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Even after the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, America is still beset by the depredations of an oligarchy that is now bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks, which together control assets amounting to more than 60 percent of the country's gross domestic product, these financial institutions (now more emphatically "too big to fail") continue to hold the global economy hostage.

    Kyle says: "Easy to Understand and Comprehend"
    "Amazing book, taken down a notch by the narrator."
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    What made the experience of listening to 13 Bankers the most enjoyable?

    The very insightful (And clearly empirically tested) political & economic thoughts presented.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    its not really character driven.


    What three words best describe Erik Synnestvedt’s voice?

    ends sentences weirdly


    If you could give 13 Bankers a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Why the US (and maybe EU) needs a shift in the balance of power.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an absolute must read. Not only does it chronicle the financial meltdown in the united states, it also carry out a comparative analysis to several emerging economy crises since the 1980's. This comparison is very relevant as the reforms imposed on these countries by the IMF (US) differ significantly from the reforms the Obama Administration managed to carry out following the meltdown of wall st.. Only time will tell if the 'Cognitive Capture' of regulators in Washington by the Wall Street school of though will lead to even more significant meltdowns in the future. This book makes the case that it will and its hard not to take notice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Greg Smith
    • Narrated By Greg Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (249)

    On March 14, 2012, more than three million people read Greg Smith's bombshell op-ed in the New York Times titled Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs. The column immediately went viral, became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, and drew passionate responses from former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Mostly, though, it hit a nerve among the general public who question the role of Wall Street in society - and the callous "take-the-money-and-run" mentality that brought the world economy to its knees a few short years ago.

    Michael Moore says: "Engaging Story; Raises Highly Important Issues"
    "Rare inside view, somewhat self-promoting"
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    Where does Why I Left Goldman Sachs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not the BEST account of the financial crisis, however a very interesting take on the shift in culture that have taken place on Wall Street.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rare look inside one of the most important financial institutions in the world.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


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

    Not really. However, the key changes inside GS is nicely accounted for. However, it may be a bit narrow, due to the authors limited access to guys at the very top. It's more descriptive than offering actual explanations.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth using a credit on if interested in the inner workings of one of the most opaque yet influential institutions in the world. Not groundbreaking and the author seem to think very highly of Himself in se passages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Smartest Guys in the Room

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bethany McLean
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (159)

    The definitive volume on Enron's amazing rise and scandalous fall, from an award-winning team of Fortune investigative reporters.

    Amazon Customer says: "Past is prologue"
    "Excellent."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Smartest Guys in the Room to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the printed edition, but the narrator does a great job.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The characters and the way Enron was portrayed as the epitome of corporate America in the bull market.


    What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

    Yes. Amazing.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Enrons trading culture.


    Any additional comments?

    Must buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1606)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Funny, informative, excellent!"
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    What did you love best about Boomerang?

    The funny take on a very serious and dry subject.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Boomerang?

    The walkthrough of Iceland.


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

    i dont know if i have.


    If you could give Boomerang a new subtitle, what would it be?

    the existing catches it.


    Any additional comments?

    you have to get this if you are at all interested in the financial crisis that hit us in 07/08. this story, while not exactly thorough, gives a nice overview. The best part is that Michael Lewis never fails to entertain while going through otherwise very dry stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (804)

    Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.

    Brett says: "Funny as usual"
    "Amazing!"
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    Where does America Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the absolute top books


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    You cant stop laughing


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    He is just hilarious!


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Everything is funny. Maybe the Wall Street part stands out a bit as being especially funny. Or the outsourcing of jobs part.


    Any additional comments?

    It is compelling! A very satirical analysis of the downfall of America. A lot of sharp observations taken to the extreme. Obviously not a very scientific take on the current issues, but definitely food for thought presented in a very welcoming and funny way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4473)
    Performance
    (1925)
    Story
    (1945)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill Pagano says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Truly amazing. Everyone needs to hear this"
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    If you could sum up The Big Short in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, brilliant, terrifying.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve eisman. Or maybe Michael burry. The Aspergers guy with one eye who saw the crash coming and bet his future in it even though everyone wanted him not to


    What about Jesse Boggs’s performance did you like?

    Overall balanced and good.


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

    Yes, certainly.


    Any additional comments?

    You HAVE to get this and the also terrifyingly amazing all the devils are here by no era and McLean!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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