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  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3547)
    Performance
    (3104)
    Story
    (3119)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Clancy returns to excellence."
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    After years of mediocre books this is the first that equals of his early works. The cyber war scenario feels real and is well developed. Even the Chinese threat is developed enough to be believable. The final action scenes with Jack Jr. are a little far fetched but no more so than Jack Sr.'s fights on a nuclear sub. Good fast read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (292)

    Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of "Makers" using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent.

    John says: "A Glimpse Into the Future"
    "Guide to Mind over Matter."
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    "There is no there, there" is a phrase that was sometimes used in describing cyberspace in the 1980's. The thought of a world of virtual things was uncomfortable for those us who were brought up in a world with black and white TV. However, we pushed the development of computers and communications where virtual things are commonplace.

    Chris outlines the state of the virtual becoming real again, bits to atoms. It reminds me of the many books and articles produced in the late 80's about the changes that communications would bring. The speed and impact of those changes were under estimated. Perhaps we are underestimating the impact of the new Makers today.

    Highly recommend this book for both engineers and Washington DC policy wonks who want to get a leg up on where we as creators are going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exile on Wall Street: One Analyst's Fight to Save the Big Banks from Themselves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mike Mayo
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    An insider points out the holes that still exist on Wall Street and in the banking system. Exile on Wall Street is a gripping read for anyone with an interest in business and finance, U.S. capitalism, the future of banking, and the root causes of the financial meltdown.

    PHIL says: "Self-absorbed, self-indulgent"
    "Read before you listen to to Wall Street wizard."
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    Mike Mayo shows why it is so hard to trust Wall Street. He shows that if you want to tell it like it is, you have to be willing to pay for brutal honesty with your job. Highly recommend this book for any investor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1834)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1529)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Global Moneyball"
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    If you like Michael Lewis's other books you'll love this one. I especially liked his analysis of the Muni Bond problems pending in California. This book examines why the Boomers boom of the 90's has turned into a bust of the 2000's, especially for those countries with an an aging demographic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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