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Thomas

WindsorUnited Kingdom | Member Since 2004

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  • The Book of Investing Wisdom

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Warren E. Buffett, Jim Rogers, Peter Lynch, and others
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Listen to writings by Warren Buffet, Peter Lynch, George Soros, and other leading figures of finance. In their own words, these legends of Wall Street share their best investment ideas and advice. The Book of Investing Wisdom offers unique insights into how these professionals and others achieved financial success through intelligent investing.

    Janine says: "Excellent book"
    "A solid choice"
    Overall

    This book is both interesting and useful. It offers exposure to a wide variety of investing related topics. I believe most individual investors will find something useful in this book. If you are looking at some different investing books I recommend this one and Peter Lynch's "One Up on Wall Street". I recommend these two above "Forbes: Greatest Investing Stories" and "Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits (Philip Fisher).

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (85)

    In today's information age, medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being. That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster.

    Atheous says: "It just starts with myths."
    "Survey of myths behind "alternative" medicine"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us to be better than the print version?

    This is a stupid review question from Audible because, first, it assumes the reviewer has the print version and secondly there is no print version of this work!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us?

    The section on Homeopathy. It is interesting how a practice which (1) has no evidence of success and (2) no practical basis for working, still persists.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This work has no "scenes" per se. Let me just say that if you believe in so called "alternative" medicine you may not like the point of view in this work. Dr. Novella espouses a science based approach to health which is at odds with anything that does not have properly derived evidence to suggest it works.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand other reviewers comments about the lack of citations. There are some in the lecatures but not everything Dr. Novella references is backed with a citation to research. I understand from reviews of the DVD version of the course, there is a booklet that is included and this has citations and references. All of these "The Great Courses" on Audible have the disclaimer that the works may reference materials that are not important. So this is a request for Audible and the Great Courses people to please work together to provide us with reference notes and supplemental materials for all of these courses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Road to the White House: Campaign Advertising & the Press, Politics, and Public Policy (12/26/04)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Mark McKinnon
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    On December 26, 2004, Bush-Cheney Campaign Chief Media Adviser Mark McKinnon spoke on political advertising and the 2004 campaign. Also, Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the press, politics, and public policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Thomas says: "Interesting and well worth a listen"
    "Interesting and well worth a listen"
    Overall

    This is an overview of the Bush mass media advertising strategy in the 2004 election. The speaker is quite good and relates some interesting information about how the campaign was conducted. He also makes a few predictions about the future of advertising in political campaigns and the effect the Internet will have on this. One thing to point out is that this recording is from a live presentation where campaign ads were shown on video. Obviously you cannot see these commercials on this recording but this does not detract from the experience all that much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Future for Investors: Why the Tried and the True Triumph Over the Bold and the New

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeremy J. Siegel
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    From one of the world's top investing experts, and the best-selling author of Stocks for the Long Run, comes a book that challenges certain conventional wisdom. Based on groundbreaking research, The Future for Investors makes the case that as an investor you are better off with old, reliable companies, many of whose products have not changed for years.

    Thomas says: "Definately worth reading if you invest in equities"
    "Definately worth reading if you invest in equities"
    Overall

    I believe individuals who are invested in equities will benefit from reading or listening to this work. This book includes useful information on investing strategies that one might want to consider. He also presents some interesting information that runs counter to common beliefs held buy many investors. For example, which would you have chosen in the early 1990's: To invest in China or in Brazil? Brazilian stocks did far better although the economy there grew very slowly during the study period. Stocks in China did not do so well despite a torrid economic growth rate. Jeremy Siegel has conducted extensive new research since his last book, "Stocks for the Long Run" (1994). As a result, he has changed some of his recommendations and strategies. My only negative comment is that he perhaps spends a bit too much time on some of the negative things that were said about him during the peak of the bubble. He questioned some of the ridiculous valuations of Internet stocks and received alot of hate mail as a result. Of course, history proved him right and I'm sure he enjoyed including his "I told you so" comments in the book.

    Overall a worthwhile book. I recommend this, along with Peter Lynch's "One up on Wall Street".

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Republic

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Bruce Alexander
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    In The Republic, Plato tackles the big issues of the state and the individual: how the state should be ruled, and by whom; and the way the individual should lead his life - and why. The lively quality of the dialogue can be clearly appreciated in this new translation by Tom Griffith.

    Plato777 says: "One of the best book ever written! Period."
    "Yup, another five star review"
    Overall

    Just wish to add another positive review to this book. A couple of previous reviewers mentioned that since this is an abridged version, it detracted from the original meaning. That might be true and it is good to know. I'll just add that I had not had any experience with the original version and still thought this to be an excellent audio book. The narrator does a great job with the conversations in the book. It is usually very clear and easy to tell, just by his voice, when he has switched to a different speaker.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Forbes' Greatest Investing Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Phalon
    • Narrated By David Hilder
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Biotech, high tech, bubbles, and busts, no two stock markets are ever the same. Getting ahead of the game demands something hard to find on Wall Street these days, a flexible long-term strategy good for all seasons. Start your search with this book. Capitalizing on the techniques of the shrewd money spinners that it profiles will help you profit, no matter which way the wind blows.

    Eric says: "Entertaining--but not life changing"
    "Somewhat interesting..."
    Overall

    This audiobook contains 10 chapters. Each is a fairly detailed look at a important investing "story". Each chapter usually focuses on an individual. People covered include Ben Graham, Hetty Green, Georges Dorio (spelling? - now that's the trouble with audiobooks :), the founder of T Rowe Price, Marty Whitman and Muriel Siebert.

    The stories are interesting and I suppose there is some wisdom to be gained from these auditory pages, but this is not a book to really help you with choosing investments. If you are looking for that, other tomes will suit you better.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Philip A. Fisher
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    One of the most important works ever written on investment theory, Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits lays out the fundamental principles of intelligent investing.

    Thomas says: "Some useful ideas, some less so"
    "Some useful ideas, some less so"
    Overall

    This book provides some interesting ideas on how to manage your investments, but as another reviewer has already stated, some of the strategies are not easy for the individual investor to employ. I don't think I'll be able to meet the bankers of the companies I am investing in anytime soon!

    So, I would not put this at the top of my list of investing books to recommend, but do not completely pan it either. The author does espouse a long term investment strategy and offers what appears to be some sound advice for choosing investments. One particular bit of advice was a set of 14 points, some of which can be used as a screen to look for potential investments.

    If you have not read (or listened to) "One Up on Wall Street" by Peter Lynch, that is a work I highly recommend.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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