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Bassam

COLUMBIA, MD, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 11 reviews
  • 183 ratings
  • 386 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • What Would Google Do?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeff Jarvis
    • Narrated By Jeff Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (296)

    In a book that's one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google, the fastest-growing company in history, to discover 40 clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.

    Justin says: "A great place to start...."
    "Really bad book. Very fluffy."
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    I bought this book thinking the author would write about the way Google grew and the strategy of the company. What I found was a very badly written book in which the author, a la 1990's Business Week articles, makes very thing related to the internet great and beyond failure. He sprinkles his narrative with names of persons supposedly famous and are game-changers, but in reality are one-hit wonders (business ideas wise). I found the book very fluffy and empty on substance. The book might be a good entertainment for business school graduates who think they are at the edge of technology because they can text, tweet, and have a page on facebook.

    Really bad Book.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Cohan
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    In March 2008, Bear Stearns, a swashbuckling 84-year-old financial institution, was forced to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase for an outrageously low price in a deal brokered by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was desperately trying to prevent the impending catastrophic market crash. But mere months before, an industry-wide boom had "the Bear" clocking a record high stock price. How did a giant investment bank with $18 billion in cash on hand disappear in a mere 10 days?

    roberta Kane says: "Riveting, interesting, learned alot"
    "Another superb product from the Master"
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    Yet another great product from the master of current Wall Street biographer/historian. Mr. Cohan never fails to make the absurd and menial sound so entertaining and absorbing. This one topped the Lazzard saga. I resolved to buying a print edition for keep. Mr. Sklar is absolutely superb in his tone and delivery. I can see Jimmi and Ace talking directly to me. Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Peter Elkind
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    With a combination of talent, hard work, connections, and family wealth, Eliot Spitzer built an amazing career. By his late 40s, he'd gone from Princeton to Harvard Law to dramatic success as a prosecutor and attorney general to the governorship of New York. Many thought he would become the first Jewish president of the United States. Then came the prostitution scandal that shocked and mystified the nation.

    Bassam says: "Should be called "Why I Love Spitzer""
    "Should be called "Why I Love Spitzer""
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    If you were/are in love with Spitzer, you would love the book. If you didn't care for Spitzer or you hated the guy and wanted to get inside Spitzer's brain, you will be disappointed and disgusted. The book is written by a Spitzer friend and admirer. I am half way through the book and yet to hear anything "disturbing" about the psyche of Spitzer. I decided I had enough. When I got the book, I thought I would get insight into the mindset of a hard-driven yet guilt-seeking personality, instead, I got someone telling me how Spitzer is great. Gave up and deleted the book. I wish I can get my 2 credits back. Bad book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a Quant: Reflections on Physics and Finance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Emanuel Derman
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    In My Life as a Quant, Emanuel Derman relives his exciting journey as one of the first high-energy particle physicists to migrate to Wall Street. Derman details his adventures in this fieldanalyzing the incompatible personas of traders and quants, and discussing the dissimilar nature of knowledge in physics and finance. Throughout this tale, he also reflects on the appropriate way to apply the refined methods of physics to the hurly-burly world of markets.

    Justin says: "Thoroughly Enjoyed It"
    "Great story, what a life?"
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    Fantastic narrative that takes you from the world of physics in the 1970s and ends in the world of finance and risk management in the 1990s. I enjoyed the audio so much that I went ahead and bought a paper copy to capture all the details (physics and finance).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nikola Tesla
    • Narrated By David Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Written in his early 60s, Tesla looks back on the events that shaped his life as the inventor of our modern world. Like many exceptional artists, scientists, and engineers, Tesla's senses and intellect worked on a higher level, which often afflicted him physically. Yet, he overcame, and used his special abilities and strong educational background to make electricity the servant of man.

    Peter says: "Very interesting"
    "Really bad performance. Puts you to sleep"
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    Could not judge the story itself as the performance was a real sleeper. It appears that the Mr. Mitchell was transported through a time-machine from Tesla's own time. A real sleeper.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Scott Patterson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (169)

    In March 2006, the world's richest men sipped champagne in an opulent New York hotel. They were preparing to compete in a poker tournament with ­million-dollar stakes. At the card table that night was Peter Muller, who managed a fabulously successful hedge fund called PDT. With him was Ken Griffin, who was the tough-as-nails head of Citadel Investment Group. There, too, were Cliff Asness, the founder of the hedge fund AQR Capital Management, and Boaz Weinstein, king of the credit-default swap.

    D. Littman says: "perhaps the best book on the Quants"
    "Very Kitsch... fascinating for simpletons"
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    I was very disappointed with this title. I have been seeing the ad in the WSJ for a while now and was convinced to get the title after reading Taleb's comment. I was very disappointed in the content, though. Very simple and idiotic narration with names thrown left and right in order to attempt and impress the reader/listener. The author, like many in today's publishing world, try and connect nobody's to great events and names in history for no apparent reason except to impress (why is it important to know that an investor's father fought in World War I????). I am very disappointed in this selection and will avoid the author from now on. The narrator makes the selection even worse. Mr. Chamberlain should find another line of career. His delivery is bad and makes you think of a snob telling a boring story in some fancy golf club.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By MiMi Swartz, Sherron Watkins
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    From inside the walls of Enron, a lone whistleblower attempted to avert the course of events leading to the largest bankruptcy in American history. On August 16, 2001, Sherron Watkins wrote an anonymous letter to Enron's Chairman, Ken Lay, laying out problems with Enron's use of partnerships to hide debt. She warned of a possible scandal that could topple the company if investors and the news media learned of the operations. Then, she revealed her identity and confronted Lay directly.

    Kevin Christy says: "A Truly Compelling Look at Greed and Arrogance"
    "Good book, narator is a bit annoying"
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    I didn't mind the material. The narrator is a bit over the top. It would have been much better if the narrator did not show so much emotions in reacting to narrative. This book is much better than the anti-Bush alternative (The Smartest Guys in the Room).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Irrational Exuberance

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert J. Shiller
    • Narrated By Robert J. Shiller
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    In this bold and potentially urgent volume, Robert J. Shiller, a respected expert on market volatility, offers an unconventional interpretation of recent U.S. stock market highs and warns that poorer performance may be in the offing. He tells us how we - as a society and individually - can respond. Hear an exclusive interview with Robert J. Shiller - FREE!

    Timothy says: "Very academic, but thorough and informative"
    "Buy the book, skip the audio"
    Overall

    1. Difficult to get the numbers.
    2. Too much on who published what, when.
    3. Little on future outlook. Looking in the back-mirror.
    4. The book would be more interesting as a research study.
    5. The author's voice is something different in Audible. You can almost feel him smile sometimes when saying something funny.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Understanding Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeffrey B. Little
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Over the past quarter century, Understanding Wall Street has helped investors at every level understand exactly how the stock market works, and how they can build strong portfolios while limiting their exposure to risk.

    Scotty says: "Dissapointed"
    "Good for introduction, simple for knowledgeable"
    Overall

    This book is good if you have no clue about how Wall Street works. The reading is a bit slow but professional. The material seems outdated and extremely simple for anyone who is following the market.

    Turn your TV off and enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Socrates in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Just a century after it had begun, philosophy entered its greatest age with the appearance of Socrates, who spent so much of his time talking about philosophy on the streets of Athens that he never got around to writing anything down. His method of aggressive questioning, called dialectic, was the forerunner of logic; he used it to cut through the twaddle of his adversaries and arrive at the truth. Rather than questioning the world, he believed, we would be better off questioning ourselves.

    Teddy says: "I thought it was OK"
    "Very pleasing"
    Overall

    Highly recommended for a quick (90 min) introduction into Philosophy and Socrates. Collect all of the series and start from here to learn about Philosophy.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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