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Amanda

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  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (612)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "Good read"
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    Where does No One Would Listen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a good reminder for those who lived through the 2008 crisis. For those who didn't pay much attention I believe it would still be a worthwhile listen. Its told in a manner that doesn't require much knowledge about the finance industry but for those who do have it you really get what Harry's saying.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No One Would Listen?

    His testimony.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of jaw dropping while listening to the book on the train.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finance and the Good Society

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert J Shiller
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    The reputation of the financial industry could hardly be worse than it is today in the painful aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. New York Times best-selling economist Robert Shiller is no apologist for the sins of finance - he is probably the only person to have predicted both the stock market bubble of 2000 and the real estate bubble that led up to the subprime mortgage meltdown. But in this important and timely book, Shiller argues that, rather than condemning finance, we need to reclaim it for the common good.

    PHIL says: "A good intro to finance"
    "Listen for argument for "good""
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Finance and the Good Society to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It was inspiring to hear an argument for the good of society even if you do not agree with it.


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    Nicely read, seemed to understand the material


    If you could give Finance and the Good Society a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "To Expand Your Mind"


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz
    • Narrated By Richard Harries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    Keith Ferrazzi is a master networker who claims his secret is merely reaching out to other people. And what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships, so that everyone wins. In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi presents the specific steps and mindset he uses to connect with the thousands of individuals in his Rolodex.

    Mathew says: "Best"
    "Motivated to Reconnect"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Never Eat Alone to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version but I'm going to buy the book because I like the information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It reminded me how easy networking can be and how we do it on a daily basis without even trying.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


    What did you learn from Never Eat Alone that you would use in your daily life?

    I'm going to make an effort to truly use the linkedin contacts I have. The book reminded me that just because you know the names of people doesn't mean you know them.


    Any additional comments?

    Good listen, reminds you that everyone is important and everyone knows somebody.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joseph E. Stiglitz
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (283)

    The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live." Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable. He examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.

    Grant says: "Dense, but important."
    "Open Perspective"
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    Where does The Price of Inequality rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed the book though I didn't agree with some of the ideas and conclusions. It's good to hear intelligent arguments even if I don't agree with them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    A hybrid perspective


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (946)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (536)

    Savor one of the most clever of Christie's suspenseful classics. An American businessman is stabbed to death aboard a luxury train, the Orient Express, snowbound in the middle of Europe. Nothing escapes the eagle eye and quick intelligence of the great Hercule Poirot, and clues abound. Sorting through a dozen perfectly respectable passengers, all suspects, Poirot is tenacious in his pursuit of the truth.

    Glenda Fuller says: "Great Story and Well Read"
    "Fun to hear"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Murder on the Orient Express to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version. I also haven't seen the movie. This was a good break from the more serious books I listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite character


    What does David Suchet bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    French accent


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, even in public


    Any additional comments?

    A good distraction

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Carlson
    • Narrated By Richard Carlson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (82)

    Are the little things in life driving you crazy? Isn't it time you put these small annoyances into perspective once and for all? This #1 New York Times best seller offers suggestions for daily changes that can add up to a more relaxed, stress-free you. Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down, live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, lower your tolerance to stress, trust your intuitions, and ultimately live each day as if it might be your last.

    Jennifer says: "Great for a"
    "Good reminder and therapy"
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    What made the experience of listening to Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff the most enjoyable?

    The book is helpful in putting life and other things into perspective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff?

    I enjoyed all of it. Even the advice I did not agree with I understood how it could help.


    What about Richard Carlson’s performance did you like?

    Nothing in particular, just the words of wisdom.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff?

    For me, it is to remember to forgive people for what they might do that seems out of character.


    Any additional comments?

    Its good to keep it downloaded and to listen to it again whenever you're feeling down, frustrated or things just don't seem right. Cheaper than paying a therapist.

    0 of 0 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
    (318)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    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 detailed history"
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    Where does How Markets Fail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book does a nice job of reviewing the history of markets and provides more detail towards the end about the events that occurred within the past couple of years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail within the past couple of years


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A reminder of what happened and how we have been through this before.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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