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Jan

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  • Pricing the Future: Finance, Physics, and the 300-Year Journey to the Black-Scholes Equation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George Szpiro
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (66)

    Financial economist George G. Szpiro here tells the fascinating stories of the pioneers of mathematical finance who conducted the search for the elusive options pricing formula. From the broker's assistant who published the first mathematical explanation of financial markets to Albert Einstein and other scientists, Pricing the Future retraces the historical and intellectual developments that ultimately led to the widespread use of mathematical models to drive investment strategies on Wall Street.

    Tristan says: "Interesting story, terrible accents!"
    "Facinating story"
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    I bought this book a few months months but didn't really get into it. I returned to the book recently and was captivated. This is one of the best books i have listened to in a long time but it is not an easy book to follow since it touches on very complicated PhD level mathematical concepts. Although complicated, the author manages to take most of the concepts apart and present them in an easy to understand way. The book takes you all the way through the history that resulted in the Black Scholes formula and it includes a botanist experimenting with pollen, a drunken sailor hanging on to a lamppost and a bell. Chapter 7 includes an easy to understand but detailed explanation of the Black Scholes formula and is worth the purchase price alone. You will have to focus but it is worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dr. Robert P. Murphy
    • Narrated By Perry Richards
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Participating in the economy is a part of everyday life; yet much of what is commonly accepted as fact is wrong. Keynesian schoolteachers and the liberal media have filled the world with politically correct errors that myth-busting professor Robert Murphy sets straight. Murphy explains hot topics like outsourcing (why it's good for Americans) and zoning restrictions (why they're not). Just like the other books in the P.I.G. series, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism pulls no punches.

    Micah says: "Entertaining and Educational"
    "Nothing new under the sun"
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    It is my opinion that if you choose to write a book you should do so because you have something important and new you wish to share with your readers/listeners. This book is a very short introduction to economics. Dr. Murphy does supply some educational examples of economics in action but most of his examples is copied straight from the writings of former important and classical economists. Some of these examples are more than 80 years old and some are even wrong. While Dr. Murphy certainly knows his economic history he falls victim to the Ricardian vice, use of abstract theory with no foundation in real life. Let me give you an example of this: The county picks up garbage at no cost. A business owner would be more carefull with consumption and recycle more if he had to pay a fee to have his garbage collected and therefore a garbage fee would reduce the ammount of garbage collected and as a consequence pollution. In this example Dr. Murphy fails to consider the environmental effect when people begin to dump garbage in nature because they don't want to pay the fee.

    "The bad economist confines himself to the visible effect; the good economist takes into account both the effect that can be seen and those effects that must be foreseen". Frederic Bastiat.

    This book is not really politically incorrect.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1806)
    Performance
    (1494)
    Story
    (1507)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Not to impressive"
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    I was expecting something better. The research for this book was superficial and simply not good enough. Could have been a great book but the author only presents the american stereotype interpritation of the countries analyzed. The author does make a few good points and observations but not enough to save the book and i resent the author calling europe the new third world. Europe may not be perfect but a lot better than the US.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicholas Shaxson
    • Narrated By Tim Bentinck
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Most people regard tax havens as being relevant only to celebrities, crooks and spivs, and mistakenly believe that the main offshore problems are money laundering and terrorist financing. These are only small parts of the whole picture. The offshore system has been (discreetly) responsible for the greatest ever shift of wealth from poor to rich. It also undermines our democracies by offering the wealthiest members of society escape routes from normal democratic controls.

    Toombs says: "Amazing book on tax havens"
    "What a waste"
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    The offshore business world is such an interesting subject. This book could have been an important work but instead it became a worthless waste of time. he spends almost 13 hours complaining about offshore banks and juristictions and in the process shows very little understanding of the subject, the businessworld and globalization.

    He believes in the unlimited power of the government. Following the law is not good enough and he considers all companies and individuals using offshore accounts to be criminals even though these companies and individuals work inside the law. Even when these offshore juristictions donate money to environmental causes or help to fight powerty they are treated with suspicion and called criminal. Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Jersey, Guernsey and others are all described as criminal states. One of the most absurd parts is about a "criminal" english bank who only fault was to reject a request for information from FBI, awaiting a court order. Of course in compliance with english (and american and international) law.

    This book was written by a little person with a little mind and the result sucks.

    This is a total waste of time which is a shame because we really need a good book about this subject.

    The narrator was ok :-)

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, and Tyrant

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. F. C. Fuller
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Since the Renaissance, Julius Caesar has been idolized as a superman. There is no doubt that Caesar was an extraordinary man. But as General Fuller points out, Caesar was more extraordinary for his reckless ambition, matchless daring, and ruthless tyranny than for his skills as a military commander. Caesar continually had to extricate himself from the results of mistaken judgments. His unpremeditated Gallic conquest was just one of Fuller's many examples.

    Evan James says: "Top notch"
    "Horrible narrator"
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    This is propably a great book but the narration makes it unbearable to listen to. The narrator speaks in the most horrible posh english accent with accents on almost all vowels. Like he is talking downhill in every sentence. After 15 minutes i was totally disgusted and quit the book. I don't mind english accent but this was simply too much. Just imagine latin words pronounced with heavy english accent. Listen to the sample before buying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeannie Out of the Bottle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Barbara Eden, Wendy Leigh
    • Narrated By Barbara Eden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Over the past four decades, the landmark NBC hit television series I Dream of Jeannie has delighted generations of audiences and inspired untold numbers of teenage crushes on its beautiful blond star, Barbara Eden. Part pristine Hollywood princess and part classic bombshell, with innocence, strength, and comedic talent to spare, Barbara finally lets Jeannie out of her bottle to tell her whole story. Jeannie Out of the Bottle takes us behind the scenes of I Dream of Jeannie as well as Barbara’s dozens of other stage, movie, television, and live concert performances.

    Jan says: "Polite,funny and honest."
    "Polite,funny and honest."
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    I wasn not born until 2 years after the last episode of Jeannie was aired. I did however watch the series during the 80. and loved it. For some reason Barbara made a lasting impression on me, so when i read that she had released an autobiography, i bought it immediately. This biography is well written and very honest. She is polite and although Barbara does dish out a little bit she is, with few exeptions, very polite and always has something positive to say about everyone mentioned in the book. She narrates the book herself smiling, laughing and even crying through the pages.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Revolt!: How to Defeat Obama and Repeal His Socialist Programs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dick Morris, Eileen McGann
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    Revolt! lays out a game plan for success. Dick Morris and Eileen McGann explain how to use the debt limit and budget fights to force Obama to accept Republican policies while, at the same time, undermining his chances of victory in 2012.

    Pamela says: "Nailed It!"
    "Hatefull and evil"
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    As a european i an a little interested in the american political system. Therefore i bought this book because i thought i could give me a perspective on the Republican party and the The Tea Party movement. When i started listening to the book i was shocked because already from the introduction the book was full of hate and contempt for the Obama administration. I respect the difference in political ideology but this was to extreme for me. This is a political manifest from a disfunctional political system.

    The writers of this book seems to be completely clueless and blames both the war in Irac and the financial crises on Obama and his "fanatical ideologies"???.

    I hope this is not the future for America :-(

    13 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (5286)
    Performance
    (2334)
    Story
    (2327)

    Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant.

    Scott says: "A true guide for life"
    "Boring and to long"
    Overall

    I bought this audiobook but until now i have not managed to get beyond the introduction, more than one hour long. Stephen Covey is really impressed with himself and the life he has created for him and his family and he doesn't mind sharing and analyzing even the most trivial events. This book may contain valuable information but it is so boring to listen to so i recommend the abridged version. Life is to short for this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Tell Our Business to Strangers: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jennifer Mascia
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (0)
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    (0)

    When Jennifer Mascia is five years old, the FBI comes for her father. At that moment Jenny realizes that her family isn’t exactly normal. What follows are months of confusion marked by visits with her father through thick glass, talking to him over a telephone attached to the wall. She and her mother crisscross the country, from California to New York to Miami and back again.

    Gentle Reader says: "Awful, awful book"
    "Not very interesting"
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    If you expect a book about criminals and mafia this is not the book for you. This book is an uninteresting memoir from a spoiled girl. A history about a family with the waguest connection to the mafia as it most be possible. This is a story about moneyproblems, abuse of creditcards and a clueless daughter. Unfortunately, the more you hear, the more you realise that this book is about a demanding mother, a spoiled girl and a father who works himself to death. For this type of history i recommend Andrea Giovino's book Divorced from the mob!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By (edited by Clayborne Carson)
    • Narrated By Levar Burton
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    He was a husband, a father, a preacher - and the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform America and the world. Now, in a special program commissioned and authorized by his family, here is the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring King's I Have a Dream Speech.

    John-Mark Stensvaag says: "A Fascinating Slice of History"
    "Too many old recordings"
    Overall

    The idea behind this book is ok. A biography in the words of MLK. The book seems honest and well researched but it feels like the author ran out of inspitation and therefore the book is filled up with soundclips of old recordings from public speeches and sermons. Some of these is moderately interesting but as the book progresses the pieces become longer and longer. Some are longer than 30 minutes and together they amount to half of this audiobook. Unless you are a big fan of the words of MLK go find an alternative.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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