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Kent

Sioux Falls, SD, USA

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  • The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Scott Patterson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    In March 2006, the world's richest men sipped champagne in an opulent New York hotel. They were preparing to compete in a poker tournament with ­million-dollar stakes. At the card table that night was Peter Muller, who managed a fabulously successful hedge fund called PDT. With him was Ken Griffin, who was the tough-as-nails head of Citadel Investment Group. There, too, were Cliff Asness, the founder of the hedge fund AQR Capital Management, and Boaz Weinstein, king of the credit-default swap.

    D. Littman says: "perhaps the best book on the Quants"
    "Too much, too little and just right"
    Overall

    The previous reviewer pretty much nailed it on the head for me: the author enjoys writing the about the personal -- and largely irrelevant -- stories of the people profile. Had he just spent as much effort unwinding the how and why of the quants approach, I would have enjoyed this book much more. When he doesn't overthink it, the narrative is focus and informative. When he does, its push the work very close to a fictional feel.

    Of course, understanding the level of hubris involved in this culture is part of understanding how and why it lead to the outcomes it did, so it was essential to cover that. Just too much of a good thing here.

    One concluding suggestion: if you decide to invest your time and attention into the offering, make sure you have already done the same or will follow this title up with Taleb's "The Black Swan." Its a great counterpoint this.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Townshend
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This book charts a path through the outpouring of efforts to understand and explain modern terrorism, by asking what makes terrorism different from other forms of political, military action; what makes it effective; and what can be done about it. It unravels complex central questions such as whether terrorists are criminals, whether terrorism is a kind of war, what kind of threat terrorism represents, how far media publicity sustains terrorism, and whether democracy is especially vulnerable to terrorist attack.

    Kent says: "Fair book, poor choice for the reader"
    "Fair book, poor choice for the reader"
    Overall

    I decided to give this title a shot as a preparation for a course on terrorism and homeland security. And to that extent it served its purpose. This title does do a good giving a wide prospective and historical basis of terrorism over time. It also does a good job covering the differences between nationalism, religious fundamentalism, terrorism and being a terrorist. A print version would probably be useful if want more of a reusable reference. So why downgrade it to three stars? Largely the reader. Monotone. Monotonous. Difficult to take in more than 20 minute chunks.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin's Children

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Jeff McCarthy
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Eleven years have passed since SHEVA was discovered in human DNA - a retrovirus that caused mutations in the human genome and heralded the arrival of a new wave of genetically enhanced humans. Now these changed children have reached adolescence...and face a world that is outraged about their very existence. For these special youths are also ticking time bombs that could exterminate the "old" human race...

    F. Girlando says: "Darwin's Children"
    "Interesting Concept..."
    Overall

    But to me, the rapid onslaught of new, poorly introduced characters and vast leaps in time didn't create a good story. The Science was good, the fiction -- while good -- wasn't great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taoist Secrets of Love

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mantak Chia
    • Narrated By Michael Toms
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Few men ever tap into the sexual energy that is sleeping deep within their own bodies. In this program, Master Mantak Chia reveals the ancient sexual secrets of the Taoist sages...

    Kelsey says: "Audio quality"
    "Not bad, but not great either"
    Overall

    The monotone naration and bland writing style here don't help. That said, I do believe the book can help certain people enjoy having sex more. I'd recommend Kerner's "She Comes First" to this if you are looking for partical sexual advice. If you are into the Taoist practices, however, this seems to be a very good resource.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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