You no longer follow Paul

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Paul

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Paul

Cary, NC, United States | Member Since 2004

35
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 9 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • The Einstein of Money: The Life and Timeless Financial Wisdom of Benjamin Graham

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Joe Carlen
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Warren Buffett has repeatedly acknowledged Benjamin Graham, a man he personally studied and worked under, as the primary influence on his investment approach. Indeed, there is a direct line between the record-shattering investing performance of Buffett (and other value investors) and Graham's life. In six books and dozens of papers, Graham—widely known as the "Dean of Wall Street"—left an extensive account of an investing system that, as Buffett can attest to, actually works!

    Henry says: "Excellent Read"
    "Benjamin Graham should be better known"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Einstein of Money rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is not the greatest biography, but does use Graham's own memoirs, and interviews of his children to give us insight into a man that contributed so much to finance and economics. Graham lived an amazing life going from riches to rags, then back to riches. He also had a diverse range of interests. Of course, most people know him as the mentor of Warren Buffett and for his investing prowess. Overall, it is a good listen if you are a fan, or curious, but not for casual interest.


    What three words best describe Walter Dixon’s voice?

    Walter Dixon's read of this is slightly annoying. I am not sure why, but it is like he is trying too hard, or the whole narration does not seem natural. That said, it does get the book across which is the main point.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (750)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "Old French Irony that Depressed Me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would not recommend this story because it depressed me. It is so sad that it is actually annoying. If you like a kind of depressing soap drama story, then this book is for you. For me though, it was just depressing and did not interest me. That said, it is a good portrait of human nature, but again, a depressing one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Edwin Lefevre
    • Narrated By Rick Rohan
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (247)

    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"
    "One of the best"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I have read. Open, honest, and true. I have traded future, commodities, and general stocks. I can tell you I could relate a whole lot to this book.

    Beyond trading, this is a great book for life and entrepreneurship in general. Do yourself a favor, and read it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22916)
    Performance
    (9563)
    Story
    (9637)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Proceed with Caution"
    Overall

    I read some reviews to the effect that this book was dark, and contains descriptions of many psychopathic crimes. I am the kind of person that wishes to avoid these topics, and if you are also such a person, I suggest that you do not read this book. Beyond that, the book was an easy read with no compelling central theme that leaves you feeling enlightened or somehow a wiser person. I resist calling it "fluff" or "inferior fiction", but it is not far from that. I will admit that it is a compelling mystery, but would recommend other books before this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1685)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (522)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "Surprisingly good and surprisingly deep"
    Overall

    I almost didn't download this selection seeing that some of the reviewers felt it was for a younger audience but I am glad that I did. For one thing, Ishiguro is a master of human emotion and interaction, he captures that perfectly. For another, Ishiguro has chosen a surprisingly modern and deep topic with important parallels to life today. This book was heartfelt, nostalgic, thoughtful, scientific, and intellectual. I thoroughly enjoyed it and strongly recommend it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (721)

    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress.

    Ethan M. says: "A mostly successful and interesting history"
    "Another book that could be a blog?"
    Overall

    While Niall Ferguson's book does present some interesting history on how a system of money and finance came into existence, it is probably something that could be better read in a condensed format somewhere else.

    This book is peppered with self-aggrandizing comments, and "I-called-its", that makes it a bit tough to believe, and would probably work better in an informal personal blog than a formal history. It is true that no history is completely objective, but the author should at least have that intention.

    As one final note the book lacks consistency. It jumps from one event to another with no set reason, and seems to accelerate to current times (1990-2008) and stay there for over half the book. Any explanations of financial products, like puts, options, swaps, bonds, etc...are not easy to understand, and might as well be left out.
    In closing, save your credit and just google blogs on the financial crises, or finance history, you will find much the same material, and at least you will have visual aids.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Cheyenne

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By John Randolph Jones
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    As the world enters a new century, three teenagers forge a future for themselves on the wild Texas grasslands: Gideon Fry, torn between going his way and following his father's footsteps; Johnny McCloud, whose restless spirit finds its solace traversing an open range; and Molly Taylor, the woman they both love. Rugged, bold and volatile, the three of them come of age in this tender and intimate novel of the heart.

    Molly-o says: "Excellent, simple story"
    "Beautiful and sincere novel"
    Overall

    I was looking for a good work of fiction to listen to and feel refreshed, and Leaving Cheyenne was perfect. The narration is spot on, and the story is introspective, charming, and honest. This is one of those novels that you hate to hear end, and I found it hard to stop listening.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets: Surviving the Public Spectacle in Finance and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Bonner, Lila Rajiva
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Collectively, people think and act in ways that are different from how they think and act as individuals. Understanding these differences, says William (Bill) Bonner, a longtime maverick observer of the financial world and the vagaries of the investing public, is vital to preserving your wealth and personal dignity. Now Bonner and co-author Lila Rajiva show groupthink at work in an improbable array of instances throughout history and reveal why swimming against the current pays.

    morton says: "Great, Witty, Thought Provoking Audio"
    "Worst audible book yet"
    Overall

    Worst audible book yet.

    This book is like meeting someone at a dinner party who goes on and on about how they see the world, and you don't know how to stop them. Worst of all, you know what they are saying isn't quite right, or is quite trite.

    The basic point of the book is a good one, however, you can get all you need by reading the summary.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Technical Traders and Commodity Speculators

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lyn M. Sennholz, Bruce Babcock
    • Narrated By Louis Rukeyser
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Most investors do not get involved in speculation or commodities, but speculators play a vital function in financial markets by absorbing and managing risk. Technical traders practically ignore business results within specific companies, instead focusing on broad market indicators such as price trends, trading volume, and rate of change in major stock market averages.

    Paul says: "Hopelessly outdated"
    "Hopelessly outdated"
    Overall

    The only redeeming feature of this work is to somehow believe that once traders had to draw their own charts by hand, and could not even think of the possibility of executing a trade within a second.

    Wow, how did anyone do it?

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.