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Melbourne, Australia | Member Since 2007

  • 8 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 67 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The Rockefellers

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Peter Collier, David Horowitz
    • Narrated By Michael Anthony

    Against a richly detailed backdrop of history, the story of this unique American family unfolds. It begins with John D. Rockefeller Sr., who amassed a fortune amid the muck and disorder of the Pennsylvania oil fields and left his son to deal with the public outcry.

    Rohit says: "Too Long"
    "Too Long"

    When I started reading the book, I was thrilled with the fact that I am reading about Mr. Rockefeller, the person who created Standard Oil. Little did I know that the book deals more with the lives of the other members of the Rockefeller family. The lives of John D Rockefeller (Senior as well as the Junior) is only around 40% of the entire book. It deals with the four generations of Rockfellers. I found the book a bit lengthy and at times boring as it went too much of detailing. Read it, keeping in mind that you are not only reading about the person who created Standard Oil, but about three generations on how the 'Oil Money' impacted their lives.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness [Expanded Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt

    Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

    rbender says: "Initial point is interesting but way too long"
    "Boring and repetitive"

    When I picked this book, I was very enthusiastice. However, after going through the first few chapters I found the book rather repetitive. It goes on-and-on on US healthcare policies and 401K. Large sections of the book is particularly irrelevant and boring if the reader is outside of the US.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Robert P. says: "Excellent Story for people have traveled"
    "Almost a true fiction story"

    This is a very eventful book and reading this actually feels like reading fiction. The author throws some very exciting insights into the inner working of the much respected world organisation like the UN, World Bank and IMF. It is amazing to know how they work within the whims and facies of the rich nations, particulalry the US. Read this but it may be a good idea to take all this with a pinch of salt. However, a lot of it (like about the Iraq war, Saudi Arabia exploits, etc.) makes very intriguing read. Is highly recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Alan Greenspan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean

    "This book is in part a detective story. After 9/11 I knew, if I needed further reinforcement, that we are living in a new world - the world of a global capitalist economy that is vastly more flexible, resilient, open, self-correcting, and fast-changing than it was even a quarter century earlier. It's a world that presents us with enormous new possibilities but also enormous new challenges. The Age of Turbulence is my attempt to understand the nature of this new world." (Alan Greenspan)

    Terry says: "Tripled my understanding of our economy"

    This is one of the best books dealing with world and American economics of recent times. Greenspan has done a fabulous job. It helps understand what drives this world and particularly America. He gives interesting examples supported by sound statistics at places where it is required. His explanation on the recent economic developments in the world and the prediction on what this world will be in the year 2030 is brilliant. Would surely recommend to people and congratulate and thank Mr. Greenspan for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forbes' Greatest Investing Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Phalon
    • Narrated By David Hilder

    Biotech, high tech, bubbles, and busts, no two stock markets are ever the same. Getting ahead of the game demands something hard to find on Wall Street these days, a flexible long-term strategy good for all seasons. Start your search with this book. Capitalizing on the techniques of the shrewd money spinners that it profiles will help you profit, no matter which way the wind blows.

    Eric says: "Entertaining--but not life changing"

    I had great expectations from this book and started reading it with a lot of enthusiasm. However, this waned with time. I found the book a bit vague at times on the description of 'greatest investing stories'. This should typically have had the 'greatest' investing stories but lot of these stories and personalities just pops up from nowhere. I wonder the basis on which the topics and some of these personalities were picked up by Forbes. However, having said that, parts of the book is very interesting and well described. If you want to read this, be prepared to expect moments of brilliance in an otherwise mediocre performance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Hack
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman

    In "the most exciting bio of the year," Richard Hack uses recently uncovered (and in some cases, recently declassified) personal letters, court testimony, FBI files, autopsy reports and exclusive interviews to reveal the man who was a legendary lover, record-setting aviator, award-winning film producer, talented inventor, ultimate eccentric, and, for much of his lifetime, the richest man in the United States.

    Ian says: "Truely Incredible"

    This is an awesome book and a must read for all who love biographies. Huges' (also known as the eccentric billionaire) life is thoroughly interesting and keeps one totally on their toes. The story goes on to show how, inspite of being one of the most wealthy people in the world, one cannot buy happiness and peace of mind. Huges' life is amazinly eventful and he was always upto something in life, from getting the most beautiful women to being the biggest private landlord in Nevada. It is tragic to see the end has had. Must read for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David A. Vise, Mark Malseed
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world's most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere.

    Roger Smith says: "Very Good"

    This is one of the greatest success stories of recent times. With the dawn of the new century, Google came from nowhere and lead by Brin and Page became a great technology company rivaling Mircosoft. The book is very well written and each aspect of the lives of Brin and Page related to Google is well documented. It is great to see how these twenty year olds with their unorthodox thinking created one of the most admirable companies in the world. Must read for all audible listens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger

    In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's troubled relationship with his son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the 21st century.

    Ellen says: "Better read than this recording"

    This is the best autobiography I have read. The book grips the reader from the begninning to its end. This book is as much an entertainer as it is informative. Franklin has lead an amazing life which is full of adventure, heroism and dedication to the nation. His ability to forsee the future was great. The book is very informative and throws light on how Franklin steered Amercia to independence and his role in drafting the Amercian constitution. I would say that this book is a 'must read' for any of the audible subscriber. Do 'read' this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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