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Nichelle

Apopka, FL, United States

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 202 titles in library
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  • Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (233)

    The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class - made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding - has been growing in power for a generation.

    Jerome says: "News In America"
    "Funny and Depressing"
    Overall

    I've read many books on the financial crisis and so far, this one has been the most interesting.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The High-beta Rich: How the Manic Wealthy Will Take Us to the Next Boom, Bubble, and Bust

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robert Frank
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    The rich are not only getting richer, they are becoming more dangerous. Starting in the early 1980s the top one percent broke away from the rest of us to become the most unstable force in the economy. An elite that had once been the flat line on the American income charts - models of financial propriety - suddenly set off on a wild ride of economic binges. Not only do they control more than a third of the country's wealth, their increasing vulnerability to the booms and busts of the stock market wreak havoc on our consumer economy, financial markets, communities, and government finances.

    Nichelle says: "Sell to the Classes, Join the Masses"
    "Sell to the Classes, Join the Masses"
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    Performance
    Story

    This books is full of lots of interesting riches to rags stories, but it also explains why it's better to have a middle class driven economy than a richistan driven economy. Politicians need to quit worshipping the rich and read this book, and then they need to pass a law that caps all political contributions at $500 or less.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1770)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1100)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor N. says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "Saved My Life!!!"
    Overall

    About 3 months ago, I weighed 206 lbs. Now I'm 186. I try to tell my friends and coworkers that they don't need the carbs, but they won't listen. All I can do is continue to follow the rules in this book and SHOW them what a low carb diet can do.

    It helps to listen to the book more than once especially when I get the cravings for sweets.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman I Was Born to Be: My Story

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Susan Boyle
    • Narrated By Elaine C. Smith
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In April 2009 a modest, middle-aged woman from a village in Scotland was catapulted to global fame when the YouTube video of her audition for Britain’s Got Talent touched the hearts of millions all over the world. From singing karaoke in local pubs to a live performance with an 80-piece orchestra in Japan’s legendary Budokan Arena, and a record-breaking debut album, Susan Boyle has become an international superstar.

    Kay says: "Good story"
    "Really Inspirational"
    Overall

    Love the story, love the narrator's thick Scottish accent. I didn't like the parts where the narrator sung. They should've just used Boyle's real voice for that part. I also wish the book had gone into detail about why Boyle never married, but I guess that'll come in a later book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Make It in America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Andrew N. Liveris
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    We used to make things in this country. We were the dazzling innovators, the undisputed world economic leaders, and with our manufacturing engine driving the process, we built a solid, high-achieving middle class. Now, thanks to policies that are either indifferent - or downright hostile - to manufacturing, we're at the brink of losing it all. If you think this won't affect you, guess again. Author Andrew N. Liveris presents a powerful case for the critical importance of domestic manufacturing.

    Nichelle says: "Politicians Should Read This!"
    "Politicians Should Read This!"
    Overall

    Finally, a CEO explains in plain english why manufacturing jobs are necessary for America's economy and what the government can do to help create them.

    And no, it's not the high cost of labor!

    The author explains how higher productivity of American workers actually saves companies time and money. It's all the complex and inconsistent regulations that very from state to state that hold companies back. Business leaders have to plan for the long term, so tax credits that only offer temporary relief are just not enough. Other countries use long term incentives to get companies to build their factories there, but the US govement just doesn't get it. I wish all lawmakers would read this and put more effort into creating a system that encourages business leaders from all over the world to build their factories here.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eat People: An Unapologetic Plan for Entrepreneurial Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Andy Kessler
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Here's how entrepreneurs find the next big thing-and make it huge. The era of easy money and easy jobs is officially over. Today, we're all entrepreneurs, and the tides of change threaten to capsize anyone who plays it safe. Taking risks is the name of the game - but how can you tell a smart bet from a stupid gamble? Andy Kessler offers 12 surprising and controversial rules for these radical entrepreneurs.

    Nicholas says: "some nuggets, lots of ranting"
    "I Can't Believe He Said That"
    Overall

    I took off one star because I really didn't appreciate the author labeling athletes and doctors as "thieves" because they generally overcharge for their services and do little to advance society as a whole. I'll have to listen to that chapter again to get the full grasp of what he's talking about.

    Aside from that, I do agree with his overall point that technology "eats people" by devouring jobs. I also agree with the author in that this is a necessary part of society's advancement. It's hard to understand how unions slow economic growth until he compares public transit in China to that of New York and offers other examples of how unions delay technological progress. Very thought provoking, though a bit unsettling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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