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Collingwood, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2006

  • 7 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014

  • Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Reich
    • Narrated By Robert Reich

    The author of 12 acclaimed books, Robert B. Reich is a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served in three national administrations. While many blamed Wall Street for the financial meltdown, Aftershock points a finger at a national economy in which wealth is increasingly concentrated at the top - and where a grasping middle class simply does not have the resources to remain viable.

    Chris says: "Very plausible assessment of our economy"
    "Come on Buffet, spend some of your $$$"

    It would take days to write a review that does the book justice. Its well written and full of great insights.

    If I had to say there was one real revolutionary thought for me it is the following;

    The wealthy, no not the rich, but those with 50+Million in the bank, need to come to the party. One of the worst offenders is probably Buffet. He is hoarding the money that could be greasing this economy. He espouses frugality but seems to conveniently forget that the US is a consumer-spending based economy. I lived in Palm Beach for a while and I can tell you that the wealthy don't spend anywhere near their fair share. Ok Warren, you win, you're the best. Now break the weld on that wallet and go buy a few billion dollars worth of American products! Why not buy everyone in Nebraska a new Corvette!

    Its pretty simple; you give a guy with 100 Million in the bank a tax cut and he uses it to pad his investments. You give the same tax cut to a working mother of two and that tax cut is spent the next day.

    The wealthy should either start spending a fair percentage of their wealth or they should be taxed in order to bring that money back into the economy. This should include a tax on capital, and a tax on income. Everyone knows what happens when one person has all the capital in a friendly game of Monopoly - you have to fold up the board and start again. America is dangerously close to folding up the board. It could get ugly.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis

    Moneyball is a quest for something that money can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected by a brotherhood of baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, and physics professors. These numbers prove that the traditional measure of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. This information has been around for years, and nobody paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's.

    Steven says: "Best Audible Book Yet"
    "Amazing book, unfortunately abridged."

    I have to re-iterate what I read in terms of reviews prior to purchasing and listening to this book. Its a fantastic book. It sparked my interest in baseball again after losing interest many years ago. If you like numbers, money, sports and great stories, this will be a winner for you. Its definitely one of my favorites now.

    I wish Michael would go back and record the unabridged version. While he's at it he could redo Liars Poker as well. I would spend the extra credits to hear the whole story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter

    This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

    Jason says: "My favorite book for encouragement!"
    "Too good not to share"

    What can I say. As a pure capitalist I would prefer to trash this book so no one else would read it. That's how much it changed my life. But I owe it to Tim Ferriss (yes to the other reviewer - He IS the man!) to tell it like it is.

    I'm 40 and I own and run 3 successful businesses that take all my time. I have everything I could ever want but no time to enjoy it. After listening to this book I immediately started the process of selling them all.

    I then sat down and wrote a 2 page business plan that will allow me to work only a few hours each week. Its a good workable plan that plays to my strengths. After my mini-retirement I will start to build my new automated business. I feel like 1000 pounds have been lifted off my shoulders.

    Thanks Tim.

    2 of 5 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

    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"

    I started listening to the book on a planned mid-pace 10k, and ended up running effortlessly for 2.5 hours. I made it home dehydrated, but happy. I decided I wouldn't let myself listen to it unless I was running. Ran every day that week. Sore but happy.

    What can I say but if you love to run, then this is your book. The characters, setting, insights are all inspirational.

    I suggest you get your shoes on and make sure you're well hydrated before turning it on...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam L. Penenberg
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Many of the most successful Web 2.0 companies, including MySpace, YouTube, eBay, and rising stars like Twitter and Flickr, are prime examples of what journalist Adam L. Penenberg calls a "viral loop" - to use the product means having to share it with others. After all, what's the sense of being on Facebook if none of your friends are? The end result is a business that spreads rapidly, scales quickly, and has the promise to create staggering wealth.

    Andrew says: "Good content, but a tough listen..."
    "Good content, but a tough listen..."

    I found the book quite interesting and informative. Its not really a how to, but more of a history lesson of sorts. It moved quickly and there was not a lot of repetition, which it seems is quite common these days. I felt like I had a good grasp of viral networking from 5000 feet when I was done.

    My mediocre rating was solely due to the narration. When reading a book, its critical to respect the punctuation. The narrator basically rambled through chapter headings, title breaks and paragraph breaks. It was very difficult to follow and keep it all in context when seemingly the book was just a series of sentences...

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Incredibly insightful"

    Whether you can put what M.G. says into practice for your own gain or not, this book really makes you think differently. Its tough to argue with the inferences made from the facts he lays out.

    The writing is colourful, skillful and nicely paced. It's a joy to listen to, particularly on those long country drives.

    The absolute worst case scenario is that you will have something very interesting to talk about at your next cocktail party.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    David says: "Good, but be careful"
    "Interesting but..."

    It was disappointing. I liked the premise and they are clearly on to something compelling, but the execution was awful. There was so much repetition and overlap, and they didn't give the reader much credit. Perhaps this was due ultimately to the limited content in the book. This would have been an excellent submission for an article, or series of articles, to the New Yorker or similar, but it is not ready to be a book.

    Its really a shame. If there was twice as much content, distilled properly and effectively, this could have been a great book.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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