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Robert

Oakland, CA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 4 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • 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
    (340)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    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"
    "Balanced and Authentic"
    Overall

    This author does a masterful job of illuminating the complex causes of the current economic crisis through the voices of key players in the demise of Goldman. Great read by a fine narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4610)
    Performance
    (2374)
    Story
    (2410)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Absolute Joy"
    Overall

    This book is an absolute pleasure to listen to. It is fun, informative and extremely well read. What more can you ask for?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6858)
    Performance
    (3227)
    Story
    (3232)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Listen First"
    Overall

    I bought this based soley on the Audible promo featuring Stephen King's Review. Big mistake. I could only listen for about one half hour and gave up. To me, the writing style is amateurish and the narrator reads as if he is addressing an audience of pre schoolers. I strongly suggest sampling this before you buy it. The 3 stars is a guess. Could be better, could be worse. I will never know.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (463)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "Brilliantly Crafted"
    Overall

    This is a cleverly written, thoughtful and authentic portrayal of trial as it is experienced by trial lawyers. Scott Turow is to the legal suspense novel what John Le Carre is to the spy genre. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good read by a master of the craft.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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