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Monongahela, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
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  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • 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

    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"
    "A decent addition, but not a good place to start"

    The stories of this financial fad are interesting and it adds some information missing from similar Wall Street books I’ve heard, so it’s worthwhile in that respect. For example, this book describes the origins of and people behind VaR and other statistical methods mentioned in other books.

    It’s not very well written, though. The author uses too many clichés and often dips into unnecessary melodrama. He tries to get too fancy for his subject matter and it comes across like bad poetry. Chamberlain’s delivery doesn’t help matters, as he employs the singsong inflection favored by cheesy local TV reporters.

    I wouldn’t recommend this as a first book for anyone interested in recent Wall Street antics, but for those who have read several and are looking for something more, this should be worth a credit.

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  • Sword of God

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Chris Kuzneski
    • Narrated By Dick Hill

    Off the coast of South Korea, a young boy discovers a cave soaked in human blood. Less than a week later, everyone in his village disappears. In Saudi Arabia, a female archaeologist unearths an artifact that threatens the very foundation of Islam. To some, it is a discovery that must be silenced at all costs.

    Snoodely says: "Action, intrigue, and excitement"
    "Not very impressed"

    I found the characters to be hollow and the dialog stiff and laborious. I also found Dick Hill's narration to be... condescending? It's hard to explain but his delivery sounded forced, making some of the dialog worse. And I couldn't shake the idea that he sounds a bit like Gandpa Munster. However, the plot was good enough to keep me listening to the end so it wasn't a wasted credit.

    I'm going to guess that if you enjoy books like One Second After, you'll enjoy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "'Enthralling' is right"

    The writing is mediocre: replete with cliches, weak dialog, and take-you-out-of-the-story social commentary. Gurner reads well but sounds wrong delivering lines like "a corpulent man in his fifties with ill-fitting pants." That had me laughing so hard I had to stop the book to recover. The overall conceit is unbelievable (despite what my fellow "geeks" seem to think) and a handful of the technical details are wrong- although probably to make a point or usher the story along.

    Having said that, Daemon has one heck of a plot. If an audiobook has me looking forward to doing dishes or cleaning the yard just so I can hear what happens next, it ranks high in my pantheon of good reads. I have a nicely trimmed yard, thanks to Mr Suarez, and I am downloading the sequel after I submit this review. A previous reviewer called Daemon "enthralling" and I have to agree.

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