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Wade

Barrie, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4914)
    Performance
    (2687)
    Story
    (2703)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Simplistic and Dull"
    Overall

    As a long time Clancy fan I found this story disappointing. The author repeatedly boils down very complex issues to suit the narrow requirements of his characters. Torture is effective and necessary, the tax system is too complicated and broken, killing our enemies (by any method) should be the cornerstone of American foreign policy.... and many other myths.

    Perhaps it was because I was younger when I read other Clancy works that I missed the cynical and reductionist undertones in the writing. Perhaps Mr. Clancy has come to believe that the world can be viewed in terms of good and evil.

    I wouldn't recommend this book.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson, Lawrence G. McDonald
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    One of the biggest questions of the financial crisis has not been answered until now. What happened at Lehman Brothers and why was it allowed to fail, with aftershocks that rocked the global economy? In this news-making, often astonishing book, a former Lehman Brothers Vice President gives us the straight answers - right from the belly of the beast.

    Susan says: "First take: Tale of the narcissist"
    "Good read but lacking in philosophical learning"
    Overall

    This book was a personal and impassioned account of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

    After a short explanation of how the author began his career at the firm he spins a fascinating yarn of brilliant and powerful people who saw the iceberg coming, but are unable to take the controls in time to save the ship.

    The author on the one hand celebrates what great minds can accomplish in an unregulated 'free market' system while at the same time being shocked at the destruction such power can have when inevitable human flaws take their toll. It is the author's bafflement with the two sides of the same coin that the reader is left with.

    While this book will not be the definitive history on the collapse on Lehman Brothers, it was a fascinating insiders look to the world of high finance. I was riveted until the end and would recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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