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Samantha

Chapin, SC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers--and the Coming Cashless Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Wolman
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Say good-bye to your beloved Benjamins, because the world is going cashless. So says David Wolman, and in The End of Money, he explores the drastic implications. How is it happening? What's at stake? Why does it matter? Each chapter of this timely and fascinating audiobook focuses on a specific aspect of the coming cashlessness. All told, The End of Money offers everything there is to love about popular nonfiction, rendering a complex subject entertaining and easily approachable for a wide audience while proving the ultimate adventurousness inherent in a curiosity about the workings of the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fascinating Book on Cash and Its Eventual Demise"
    "Poorly constructed rehash of econ 101"
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    What disappointed you about The End of Money?

    This book is a rare disappointment in my otherwise enjoyable Audible experience. The themes are poorly constructed and do not land any solid points. Obviously, the way that we use money has changed and will continued to change in the age of the Internet. However, David Wolman makes very few points about the ramifications of these changes.


    What could David Wolman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Sketch out some themes, reinforce them with data and actual interviews (not remembrances of conversations).


    What about Don Hagen’s performance did you like?

    Don Hagen read the material well. An easy voice to listen to.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4436)
    Performance
    (1894)
    Story
    (1914)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill Pagano says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Fascinating, clearly written, and engaging."
    Overall

    Michael Lewis does a wonderful job of making a complicated story engaging. This is the story of how the subprime mortgage market nearly brought the world financial system down. Mr. Lewis' breaks down the financial topics into easily digestible bits and weaves in interesting personal stories of those people to identified the opportunity & risks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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