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Cash

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  • Panic!: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Blair Hardman, Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (34)

    A masterful account of today's money culture, showing how the underpricing of risk leads to catastrophe. With his trademark humor and brilliant anecdotes, Michael Lewis paints the mood and market factors leading up to each event, weaves contemporary accounts to show what people thought was happening at the time, and then, with the luxury of hindsight, analyzes what actually happened and what we should have learned from experience.

    Cash says: "Good - But you need to know what you are getting."
    "Good - But you need to know what you are getting."
    Overall

    What the description doesn't tell you is this is a series of articles written over the past 20 years - many of them not by Lewis. If this will annoy you, steer clear.

    With that said, there are some really good articles here. As for many of them being 'old', the value they provide is perspective. It will be years before we have perspective on the 2008 melt down. It's a bit easier to have perspective of the financial crisis of '87, '97, and 2000. With these, we can start having some with the 2008 situation.

    Lewis, selects articles written in the boom preceding the bust and in the midst of the crisis. His narrative adds his own analysis and perspective around these articles.

    The primary themes and lessons of these events are: 1) The markets are very complicated and very few people understand them - even after the fact. 2) Often these busts are caused by groups attempting to exploit a condition supported by market technicalities. 3) People often believe the current event is "the end of the world" or the "the end of Capitalism". 4) The environment of the the Global Economy seems to be increasing the frequency and strength of these boom bust cycles. 5) As painful as they are, they don't foretell the end of the world and we'll be better off when we recognize this reality not Panic!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3196)
    Performance
    (2607)
    Story
    (2576)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Good solid Bosch"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Drop rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Connelly and Bosch are my Pulp Fiction on Audible. It's good solid listening time but it isn't an all time classic. Nicely placed in the middle of the bell curve.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bosch is always the keystone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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