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Truc

Wyncote, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Wealth, War, and Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Barton Biggs
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    In Wealth, War, and Wisdom, legendary Wall Street investor Barton Biggs reveals how the turning points of World War II intersected with market performance. Biggs will help the 21st-century investor comprehend our own perilous times as well as choose the best strategies for the modern market economy.

    morton says: "A Must For Every Serious Investor"
    "Glass half full"
    Overall

    the book is full of interesting facts and causal details. There is nothing really applicable in today's state of the world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Succesful Investing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Burton Malkiel
    • Narrated By Kerin McCue
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (101)

    More than a million copies of this indispensible investment classic have been sold since its first publication. This fresh version is completely revised by author Burton G. Malkiel to reflect modern financial concerns and trends.

    ike9898 says: "enlightening, but parts are hard to listen to"
    "Retirement lost and saved"
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    I had been aggressively save for my retirement in my late 20s. Experimenting with several way to improve the portfolio with not so successful result, now in my 40s, I certainly can related to many idea and follies the author had mentioned in his book.
    I found this book to be empirical, practical, and informative. Strongly recommended for anyone who serious about saving for retirement,

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Post-American World 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Fareed Zakaria
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    Here is the New York Times and international best seller, revised and expanded with a new afterword. This is the essential update of Fareed Zakaria's analysis about America and its shifting position in world affairs. In this new edition, Zakaria makes sense of the rapidly changing global landscape. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past 500 years - the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States - to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, the rise of the rest.

    Steve says: "S/B req reading for every man, woman and child..."
    "Very Comprehensive"
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    A very comprehensive account of state of nations. Read this to cut to the core of issues and to find the clarity of rational thining. Strongly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Technology Wants

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kevin Kelly
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (126)

    This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kevin Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." He uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology's long course and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed.

    David Everling says: "Sprawling scope, an ambivalent thesis"
    "An important read"
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    As a technology professional, I found this book to one of the more important books I had read (Steven Pinker, Malcolm Gladwell, Nassim Taleb). It provides an extrapolation of the speed, the pattern, and the vision of humanity future (albeit not a good one).
    I will take the blue pill...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rob Gifford
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (149)

    National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

    Roberta says: "An Outstanding Book on China"
    "Very insightful"
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    As an Asian-American with Chinese heritage, I surely touched by this insightful "sea-people" author. He had expertly exposed the spyche of the Asian race. Our oppressive desire to be respected/expressive is constantly tampered by the practical reality of external constrains. IE, as an Asian in America or as a Chinese/Vietnamese in a communist regime. Well done... Thank you.

    In audio format, however, it is hard to visually related to the mentioned locality/demographically. Hope your written book include some of that.Spell checkResume Words: 84 | Characters: 521

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (352)

    In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

    C. J. Hamilton says: "Instant classic"
    "The Primer of Human understanding"
    Overall

    This is one of the most important book that had read.... I read many....

    With a broad spectrum of topic, the author systematically deconstructed the force behind human and social behavior that shape our society today. Truly is a classic...

    The Emily Dickinson verse, at the end, is an exquisite touch.

    If there ever be a missing point in the book, it would be a discussion of modern society self-destructive/unsustainable path.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John E. Morris, David Carey
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    The financial establishment---banks and investment bankers, such as Citigroup, Bear Stearns, Lehman, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley---were the cowboys, recklessly assuming risks, leveraging up to astronomical levels, and driving the economy to the brink of disaster.

    Mike Martin says: "Can't make it through"
    "The next Goldman Sach?"
    Overall

    I own BX stock (not an emplyee), thus, this book presents a special personal interest -- read it twice.
    It provides fascinating detail into the deals and the people behind them.
    With an abundant pool of interlectual and capital, Blackstone is the contender to be the next great financial institute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2463)
    Performance
    (1589)
    Story
    (1599)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Ethan M. says: "A good grim fantasy series, with caveats"
    "skip it...."
    Overall

    A childdish, drawed-out, disconnected plot that leaving you scratching your head. By the 8th hour, stop listening and deleted it from my collection. What's a waste of time and money

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Virtue of Selfishness

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By C.M. Hernert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life - the life proper to a rational being - as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with human nature, with the creative requirement of survival, and with a free society.

    Scott says: "Rand Lovers Only"
    "Good intentions those often misunderstood"
    Overall

    An excellent guide to understand the modern American minds. Add a dose of human compassionate and intuitiative moral compass... Enlightement

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1127)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (374)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "One of the greatest."
    Overall

    It is a tremendous read... 20+ hours.
    The reward is one of the greatest story of a true gentlemen founder of this great nation.
    Put thing in social/historical perspective, it is fascinating to see how the foundation of our democracy are shaped by men of extraordinary intellect, wisdom whose also plague with ordinary emotional angst.
    The last chapter devoted to Elizabeth Hamilton was a very nice touch. Truly an exceptional woman of equal status.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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