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  • End This Depression Now!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro, Paul Krugman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Great Recession that began in 2007 is now more than four years old - and counting. Some 24 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and at recent rates of job creation we won’t be back to normal levels of employment until late this decade. This is a tragedy. Do we have to accept it? "No!" is the resounding answer given by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman in this call to arms. We have seen this situation before and we know how to fix it; all we lack is the political will to take action.

    Michael says: "Listen to this before you vote!"
    "Great Book, but why the hatred..."
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    What did you love best about End This Depression Now!?

    This book, especially towards the end, put together a well reasoned practical way to end this depression. I in general lean toward smaller governments with less spending in normal times and appreciate how the author (when not making personal attacks on Republicans) lays out the reasoning and historical examples for his policy. It's best quality is that it does not assume that there is a simple solution to a simple problem for many of our current calamities and explains the problems in depth along with a reasonable sounding solution.

    My problem with this book is that in the beginning it seems to just be a I hate republicans lets bash them book. An example is that he continues the myth that rich people and corporation give all their money to Republicans, sites like opensecrets tend to show that Politian in power get the lion's share of the money.

    This is a shame, because the book is really good (so if you are an open-minded Right leaner like me keep listening). This book has the best detailed explanations of the 2007/8 mortgage crisis, European debt problems, unemployment and why the Bush/Obama economic stimulus package failed out there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Helaine Olen
    • Narrated By Lyn Landon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
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    For the past few decades, Americans have spent billions of dollars on personal finance products. As salaries have stagnated and companies have cut back on benefits, we've taken matters into our own hands, embracing the can-do attitude that if we're smart enough, we can overcome even daunting financial obstacles. But that's not true. In this meticulously reported and shocking audiobook, journalist and former financial columnist Helaine Olen goes behind the curtain of the personal finance industry to expose the myths, contradictions, and outright lies it has perpetuated.

    Johanna Turner says: "The dark side of my industry"
    "Good Review of the Personal Finance Idustry"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pound Foolish the most enjoyable?

    In general, the book seemed to be well written and document the pit falls of the personal finance industry well. In general I liked the criticisms of the financial gurus and have had similar feelings in my subconscious that she gelled into words.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am conservative and bought this book because of a Piece that Helaine wrote on Dave Ramsey in Pacific Standard that I thought was BS, but needed to know more about her thought process to dismiss it. Personally, I think that he has done a great job of getting a bunch of people to pay attention to their situation and take steps to make it better. Her work in this book seemed to acknowledge that people can make choices to better and worse their individual situations, but most gurus miss the fact that a minimum wage worker is not going to make it no matter how well they budget.

    I am glad that I took the time to listen to the book. While I don't agree with everything she stated, I do feel that I have learned some interesting things specifically about the mutual fund industry that is helpful.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lyn Landon?

    Anyone who knew how to pronounce Suze Orman ... Being as it is critical of Suze's work, I feel that the publisher owes Suze the decency of pronouncing her name correctly in the audio.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The linking of the financial education movement to financial institutions was brilliant. I have never thought to think that why are the same people that are lobbying congress to make our financial future murky and impossible to understand the same ones that say financial literacy will save the day...


    As she said if they believe that the solution to the financial problem is for consumers to understand what they are doing, then the most obvious thing to do is to write simple contracts and sales material that disclose the fees and risks in common English.


    Any additional comments?

    I hated the diatribe on women investors and wonder if she could have put that part in a separate book for readers that are interested in that stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How To Sell, Sell, Sell, and Smash Targets Every Month

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mike Le Put
    • Narrated By Mike Le Put
    Overall
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    Story
    (14)

    Sell more. Earn more. Achieve more. Join Mike Le Put in this powerful audio career-development programme, and sell your way to the top! How to Sell, Sell, Sell will equip you with all the knowledge you could ever need.

    Michael says: "Extremely Fun & Positive"
    "Better than the rest"
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    What made the experience of listening to How To Sell, Sell, Sell, and Smash Targets Every Month the most enjoyable?

    Mr. Le Put put a lot of effort into organizing this material in a way that makes it very helpful to listen to in the car. Very well done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Which character – as performed by Mike Le Put – was your favorite?

    N/A


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to a lot of sales books and this one gives insight and suggestions that are the best of the best. Worth the time and money to invest in the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Multiple Streams of Income

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Victor Hansen
    • Narrated By Mark Victor Hansen
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    Let's face it. Isn't security what we all really want in life? We can live without fancy cars and trips, designer clothes and accessories, but we can't live without a roof over our heads, and too many hard-working Americans are finding themselves in that situation today, through no fault of their own. Why? Because they have become victims of the economic cycle, since they didn't know the proven strategies that could have helped them create a financial security blanket that could have protected them from this downturn.

    Dustin says: "A lot of Rah Rah Rah with less on what to do."
    "A lot of Rah Rah Rah with less on what to do."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It is a nice pick-me-up, short burst of enthusiasm... with lot's of name dropping and self-aggrandizement.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was waiting for the meat, but it never came.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark Victor Hansen?

    Probably not


    Was Multiple Streams of Income worth the listening time?

    Probably Not


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
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    The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.

    kevin says: "Myth Buster"
    "Better than the 3rd edition"
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    What did you love best about Basic Economics, Fourth Edition?

    This update seemed to really clear up some of the fuzzy edges of the prevoius version and Is worth a listen.


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

    Yes, but not possible due to the length.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Fascinating Insight into Life in a Dictatorship"
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    This was an absolutely wonderful serious of stories of families and individuals in North Korea over the years since the Korean War. Both the Author words and the narrator's readings make this book so compelling that I could not stop listening. The insight into the brainwashing of the citizens was remarkable. I will listen to this book several times.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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