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Capri

Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • All the Devils Are Here

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (214)

    As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, misguided regulators, sleazy subprime companies, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers? According to Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, two of America's most acclaimed business journalists, the real answer is all of the above-and more. Many devils helped bring hell to the economy.

    eurilynn says: "Excellent!"
    "I'll Listen to Anything Narrated by D. Boutsikaris"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely. Not only is the book thoroughly researched, but coupled with the writing of McLean and Nocera and Boutsikaris' narration, makes this a remarkable read. I felt like a fly on the wall. Just excellent.


    What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

    I've listened to many books narrated by Boutsikaris and I'm pretty sure he could make the audio version of the white pages compelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1938)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (791)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Sara says: "Out Dated Even When It Was Current"
    "A Great, Great Read!"
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    What other book might you compare Game Change to and why?

    Game Change is such an engrossing look at the behind-the-scenes of the 2008 presidential election. The book brought to life what we the American public saw splashed on the screen lo those many months.

    The other book I would compare Game Change to is Conspiracy of Fools by Eichenwald because of the richness and depth of the reporting and the painstaking measures which the authors took to tell the whole story.


    What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

    Love Dennis Boutsikaris. His intonations and his vocal fry when reading quotes from Bill Clinton - priceless. I could listen all day and all night. The best!


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

    The personalities is what I thought was most interesting. The insecurities and the back-and-forth. I just loves it all.


    0 of 1 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
    (210)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    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"
    "A View from the Top"
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    What did you love best about The Smartest Guys in the Room?

    I thoroughly enjoyed, "The Smartest Guys in the Room". The book was detailed and meticulously narrated. For those who want more than a Wikipedia-like primer on Enron, this is the book you've waited for.


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

    This is a book you need to listen to in parts. There's no way you could listen (retain and understand) all the shenanigans the senior executives engaged in at Enron. I found myself listening and rewinding chapters, so that no detail escaped. Whether I listened once, twice or three times, I was completely hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read! If you're looking for a read detailing the experiences of the traders or mid-level management - you won't find it here. I would have also liked a detailing of the incredible and indulgent overspending by Enron executives - you do get an idea of the excess.It's so amazing what can happen when a few turn the other way or actively collaborate to obfuscate the truth in an effort to achieve wealth. It's even more interesting to read this knowing what was coming down the financial pike some 6 to 7 years later. Enron is an eerie reminder of what greed unchecked can sew.

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  • The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Diana B. Henriques
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history? These questions have fascinated people ever since the news broke about the respected New York financier who swindled his friends, relatives, and other investors out of $65 billion. Many have speculated about what must have happened, but no reporter has been able to get the full story - until now. Diana B. Henriques of the New York Times has written the definitive book on the man and his scheme.

    Reed says: "The second act is just as interesting as the first"
    "Completely Engrossing"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As Madoff inched closer and closer which be inevitably be the end of his scheme, I was completely engrossed in the story. I was utterly enthralled and horrified as the layers of Madoff's scheme started to unravel.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this listen. The material was very detailed, but fascinating. I would get lost for hours in the Madoff scheme, with each antic becoming even more horrified as he hurtled towards the end and by the fate of those he brought down with him.

    I would highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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