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Howard

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Bailout Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Ritholtz
    • Narrated By Bill Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Bailout Nation offers one of the clearest looks at the financial lenders, regulators, and politicians responsible for the financial crisis of 2008. Written by Barry Ritholtz, one of today's most popular economic bloggers and a well-established industry pundit, this book skillfully explores how the United States evolved from a rugged independent nation to a soft Bailout Nation - where financial firms are allowed to self-regulate in good times, but are bailed out by taxpayers in bad times.

    Rorik says: "sub-standard audio quality"
    "A fascinating listen, but flawed"
    Overall

    A Fascinating Listen but somewhat flawed. 2 comments
    1. If Amazonized Audible insists on competing with its suppliers, it needs to hire some editors. Turgid, repetitive and the epilog worthless.
    2. Barry ignores the machinery (back office) which makes the whole monetaryand financial system work
    a. How is the Fed funds target rate translate into the interest rate structure. The money market?
    b. What exactly do the 19 primary dealers do?
    c. The Treasury uses two monster banks to handle its money. JPMChase and BoNY Mellon. How do they work? Political implications?
    d. There are some 9K subscribers to the FedWire system. Who are they? Why?
    e. What about repos and reverse repos?
    f. The role of the DTCC and its nephew, FICC?
    All of my questions underpin the system. Why is it ignored by all financial writers?

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Roger Penrose
    • Narrated By Bruce Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    From the best-selling author of The Emperor’s New Mind and The Road to Reality, a groundbreaking book that provides new views on three of cosmology’s most profound questions: What, if anything, came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? What is its ultimate future?

    Darkcoffee says: "Difficult, Awe-inducing and Fascinating"
    "Not a good subject for audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Roger Penrose is a world famous cosmologist with interesting things to say. Unfortunately, the spoken language by itself is not adequate. The serious reader or listener must have at hand the charts if he is to make any sense of his arguments.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pricing the Future: Finance, Physics, and the 300-Year Journey to the Black-Scholes Equation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George Szpiro
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (67)

    Financial economist George G. Szpiro here tells the fascinating stories of the pioneers of mathematical finance who conducted the search for the elusive options pricing formula. From the broker's assistant who published the first mathematical explanation of financial markets to Albert Einstein and other scientists, Pricing the Future retraces the historical and intellectual developments that ultimately led to the widespread use of mathematical models to drive investment strategies on Wall Street.

    Tristan says: "Interesting story, terrible accents!"
    "A fascinating book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Szpiro is a rare combination, a journalist, a story teller and a mathematician. For a person such as myself with with some mathematical background, i appreciated the simplified explanation of statistics. His lively history and anecdotes make it a good read for the general reader, anyone who would like something stimulating and different. Brian tried hard to deal with the French and German quotations.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Endgame: The End of The Debt Supercycle And How It Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Mauldin
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (377)

    Hundreds of books have been written about the financial crisis that engulfed the world after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But what if the bigger financial crisis is ahead of us, not behind us?As John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper deftly illustrate in this controversial audio book, the crisis was more than a half-century in the making. The Great Financial Crisis, however, was merely Act I.

    Lloyd says: "The Best Explanation of what's Happening Now"
    "A completely useless book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    From the first sentence, the author reveals his abysmal ignorance of economics, banking and international finance. The book has nothing to contribute to an understanding of "the debt crisis" A total waste of a credit.

    5 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Mamet
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (97)

    For the past 30 years, David Mamet has been a controversial and defining force in theater and film, championing the most cherished liberal values along the way. In some of the great movies and plays of our time, his characters have explored the ethics of the business world, embodied the struggles of the oppressed, and faced the flaws of the capitalist system. But in recent years Mamet has had a change of heart.

    Kirk says: "Mamet's Rubicon"
    "Catchy Title No Worthwhile Content"
    Overall

    A really bad book. Just the childish ravings of a mixed up, bitter and frustrated man. Absolutely devoid of any value, literary, philosophical or otherwise.

    26 of 108 people found this review helpful
  • How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Cassidy
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    Behind the alarming headlines about job losses, bank bailouts, and corporate greed, there is a little-known story of bad ideas. For 50 years or more, economists have been busy developing elegant theories of how markets work - how they facilitate innovation, wealth creation, and an efficient allocation of society's resources. But what about when markets don't work?

    Ben says: "Way more than I expected"
    "A Superb History of Enonomic Thought"
    Overall

    This audiobook was a delightful surprise for me. I have read numerous books on economics beginning with Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations." I remember suffering through Samuelson's classic text - somehow I was uncomfortable with unrestrained free market capitalism without knowing exactly why. Smith's 'Invisible Hand" has never delivered on its promises. Even today economists such as Murray Rothbard of the Austrian School insist that government intervention has always prevented the "hand" from performing its magic.
    Then, we have the Keynesians who recognize the need for some government intervetion to moderate the business and economic cycles. It, too, in its various versions such as the Neokeynesians
    have failed to deliver.
    To lead up to his main argument about the need for regulating banks, Cassidy has written a clear readable summary and history of economic thought. This, by itself, makes the book a must listen for everyone with interest in such things.
    Cassidy goes on to explain why unfettered free market competition in the.financial world cannot work. With the passage of the bloated financial regulatory bill, we'll how things work out. To have some insight into history as it is happening, the book is an essential audit.



    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Edwards

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Thomas B. Costain
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (39)

    The Three Edwards, third in Thomas B. Costain's survey of Britain under the Plantagenets, covers the years between 1272 and 1377 when three Edwards ruled England. Edward I brought England out of the Middle Ages. Edward II had a tragic reign but gave his country Edward III, who ruled gloriously, if violently.

    Howard says: "Superb history"
    "Superb history"
    Overall

    This is a superbly written account of a turbulent time in European history

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David S. Reynolds
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    The years from 1815 to 1848 were arguably the richest period in American life. In Waking Giant, award-winning historian David S. Reynolds illuminates the era's exciting political story alongside the fascinating social and cultural movements that influenced it. He casts fresh light on Andrew Jackson, who redefined the presidency, as well as John Quincy Adams and James K. Polk, who expanded the nation's territory and strengthened its position internationally.

    Tad Davis says: "Lucid narration"
    "Waking Giant - US History"
    Overall

    Of the many excellent historical books now available on Audible, this is one of the best. Reynolds provides a panoramic view of life in the first half of the 19th century. His account weaves together the politics, mores, religious ferment, medical and cultural aspects of life in this era. The medical details were of particular interest to this 88 year old listener. During the 20s my mother used the practice of "blistering" - mustard plasters - for chest colds and anything else. Calomel - a poisonous mercury purgative was still employed. Medicine really didn't change much until the first real antibiotic, sulfanilamide, was developed in the 1940s. A fascinating and meticulously researched book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By B. Alan Wallace
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Bridging the gap between the world of science and the realm of the spiritual, Wallace, a pioneer of modern consciousness research, offers a practical and revolutionary method for exploring the mind that combines the keenest insights of contemporary physics and philosophers with the time-honored meditative traditions of Buddhism.

    Michael says: "An exciting vision of a new science."
    "Pseudo-scientific religious propagands"
    Overall

    This book is religious propaganda for Buddhaism clothed in pseudo-scientific jargon. It belongs alongside of Scientology.

    7 of 62 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Quantum Presents A User's Guide to Your Universe

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fred Alan Wolf
    • Narrated By Fred Alan Wolf
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Quantum physics is an astounding (and mind-boggling) field of science, but can you actually use it to change your life? Absolutely yes, says Dr. Quantum. On A User's Guide to Your Universe, Dr. Quantum, who goes by day as mild-mannered physicist Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, teaches that anyone can understand quantum physics. What's more, it is the most useful, immediate, and relevant kind of science you can learn to profoundly affect your day-to-day life.

    Angela says: "What it is and is not"
    "Dr. Quantum = YUK"
    Overall

    A really rotten book, It belongs with Scientoloy and other pseudo-scientific garbage. You obviously won;t post this.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful

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