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  • Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Ben Mezrich

    Ugly Americans is the true story of John Malcolm, a Princeton graduate who traveled halfway around the world in search of the American dream and pulled off a trade that could be described as the biggest deal in the history of the financial markets.

    Marin says: "Great book with an entertaining reader!"
    "Great book with an entertaining reader!"

    This book was captivating. The plot was awesome and the story is almost unbelievable, I found myself really hoping that every bit of it was true. The reader was one of the best that I have heard and it wasn't too long of a book--I found myself wanting more in contrast to other 12-15 hour unabridged books that I have listened to. Really the only downside to this book was the fact that there was so much unneccessary swearing. The narrator would even swear sometimes, which kind of turned me off. I appreciated the cultural lessons that I learned and felt like it had the perfect combination of intellectual stimulation and relaxation. I highly recommend this book to anyone--but maybe not for to anyone's mother.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Mueller
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For millennia, fresh olive oil has been a necessity - for food, medicine, beauty, and religion. Today's researchers continue to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra-virgin, and "extra-virgin Italian" has become the highest standard of quality. But what if this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt?

    dr says: "Well worth the listen - if you eat"
    "Fantastic Audiobook"
    What did you love best about Extra Virginity?

    You will crave high-quality olive oil during and after reading this book. Fantastic narration, juicy history, and a nice dose of business and politics this book has it all. Olive Oil is such a rich topic, from mafiosos to Greek gods and models it is a truly rich subject. The author appreciates and is passionate about his subject.

    What other book might you compare Extra Virginity to and why?

    I compare this book to Onward (the autobiography of Starbucks founder) because the descriptions of the oil are much like the descriptions of the coffee roasts. They make you want to go to the nearest olive oil distributor!

    Which character – as performed by Peter Ganim – was your favorite?

    Peter Ganim is a fantastic narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Selling America Short: The SEC and Market Contrarians in the Age of Absurdity

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Richard C. Sauer
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    During his dozen years as an SEC attorney, author Richard Sauer opened and supervised some of its most notable financial cases-investigations that took him to a dozen countries and returned hundreds of millions of dollars to American investors. While a partner at a major law firm and, later, a hedge fund manager, he saw firsthand the follies and failures of our system. Now, in Selling America Short, he shares his extraordinary experiences with you.

    PHIL says: "A standout -- informative AND entertaining"
    "Very detailed analysis of the financial system"

    This book was great if you are an investment banker or securities attorney. I guess if you are a sophisticated investor it would also be of interest. Sauer gives a good explanation of short-selling hedge funds and gives the best defense of short sellers that I have ever heard: that short sellers create a self-regulating environment for the markets.

    I was always curious about what exactly happened with Overstock and the CEO's crusade against short sellers. This book went into extraordinary detail on the whole affair. It also gave me insight as to the realities of an investigation by the SEC and the internal processes and politics that occur in the SEC.

    I thought this book was exciting and intellectually engaging. Usually I listen to books at 1.5-2.0 speed. This book was way too complicated to do that. That's not to say that it wasn't well-written. Sauer explains complicated ideas in a relatively simple and readable format, but it's not a light read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    Kenneth says: "Great history, poor analysis. TERRIBLE recording."
    "WOW! Fantastic Book!"

    Let's be clear, this is a business book. This isn't an instructional book about how to use facebook, nor is it a technical jargon-laden book for programmers and aspiring developers.

    If you are still interested in a business book about Facebook, then you will love this book. Kirkpatrick gives the history of Facebook according to inside sources and also reviews any third-party publications about the company's origins (and he made a thorough review of all litigation proceedings as well).

    Kirkpatrick is obviously a cheerleader of Facebook and Zuckerberg, but he is pretty honest about their weaknesses as well. This is a very straightforward account of significant events in the development of facebook as product as well as facebook as it was being managed. Very insightful about the youth at the company and how it both helped and hindered the Company's progress.

    The book is well-organized and if you don't care about Facebook's litigation, you can skip the chapter, as well as management, product development, and financing. I really understand a lot about the company's inner-workings now and I appreciate this carefully written book. I couldn't put it down.

    Great narration too.

    I really enjoyed the exclusive interview Kirkpatrick gave at the end of the version, even though I was annoyed at how shameless Zuckerberg's sister was when she interviewed Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick's part of the interview was awesome though.

    Criticism: Kirkpatrick didn't deal with the original Facebook lawsuits which were settled with competitors to my satisfaction. Kirkpatrick also didn't delve as deep into alleged privacy violations or directly deal respond to some of Ben Mezrich's obvious dramatizations of the scandals that took place. The reader is forced to believe Mezrich's account on some scandals.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live Strong: Inspirational Stories from Cancer Survivors

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lance Armstrong Foundation
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson, Alison Fraser

    While heartbreaking at times, these powerfully honest stories are ultimately uplifting and extremely reassuring to patients and their families. They offer the wisdom and hope that only survivors can give. Live Strong is a remarkable testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

    Marin says: "Great 4 Everybody"
    "Great 4 Everybody"

    This audiobook is fantastic. I have never had cancer, but listening to this audiobook gave me a respect for how remarkable cancer patients really are. This book gave me a unique insight into how to deal with cancer and how to help others deal with cancer. I learned how people of all ages, stereotypes, and athletic ability were able to beat cancer. The stories will change your life and give you a different perspective. I learned tips to help me if I ever receive cancer, and ways to help out friends and family who will be diagnosed in the future. As far as I am concerned, this title is a must for anybody who is close to their friends and family--especially people who have recently been diagnosed with cancer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Martha Beck
    • Narrated By Martha Beck

    Leaving the Saints is an unforgettable memoir about one woman's spiritual quest and journey toward faith. As "Mormon royalty" within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Martha Beck was raised in a home frequented by the Church's high elders, known as the apostles, and her existence was framed by their strict code of conduct.

    Sheila says: "Read it and decide for yourself"
    "Not very good"

    I don't have much to say. I thought that the reader was great, and I love Martha Beck--but this book was not written at the standard of "Expecting Adam." In fact, I kind of got the impression that her story was a little bit on the bogus side. I was quite disappointed.

    17 of 32 people found this review helpful

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