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Jairus

Gotha, FL, United States

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  • 345 titles in library
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  • A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson, Lawrence G. McDonald
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    One of the biggest questions of the financial crisis has not been answered until now. What happened at Lehman Brothers and why was it allowed to fail, with aftershocks that rocked the global economy? In this news-making, often astonishing book, a former Lehman Brothers Vice President gives us the straight answers - right from the belly of the beast.

    Susan says: "First take: Tale of the narcissist"
    "Failure of Common Sense by the Publisher"
    Overall

    Lawrence McDonald, former pork chop salesman, did his greatest selling job ever in getting Random House to publish this book. It is an auto-hagiography with some gossip added. It would be better published in comic book form because all the characters are either good or evil.
    Not only is it an extremely tedious and boring book, it is very poorly written. I know that Patrick Robinson has written other books, but I hope they are better written than this. It is full of well worn cliches, but the worst part is the rampant metaphor abuse. Some of them go on for paragraphs and most are unoriginal.
    There is no question that Richard Fuld made horrible management mistakes in the failure of Lehman Brothers, but this book certainly does not offer any real evidence. I hope someone like Michael Lewis, who can write and is not full of himself, takes on this important topic.
    I have read scores of books on Wall Street and this is without a doubt the worst book on the subject I have ever read/listened to. It may be the worst book on any subject I suffered through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1784)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1113)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "Poor quality recording"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Beekeeper's Apprentice better?

    Clean up the recording. I could hear an "echo" of previous words during silent periods in the recording -- very poor quality control.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2222)
    Performance
    (1716)
    Story
    (1706)

    Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadows, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight - and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world. Now a CIA advisor, Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in the Philippines is ambushed, all evidence points to a leak within the U.S. State Department. And a greater threat lurks....

    Annie says: "A great wow!"
    "No remotely as good as later works"
    Overall

    Flynn's earlier books are not nearly as good as his later ones and this is a perfect example. The plot was a little weak and basically split between two unrelated story lines. The narration was just as good as the later books. George Guidall does an outstanding job.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Andrei Soldatov, Irina Borogin
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    While Vladimir Putin has been president and prime minister of Russia, the Kremlin has deployed the security services to intimidate the political opposition, reassert the power of the state, and carry out assassinations overseas. At the same time, its agents and spies were put beyond public accountability and blessed with the prestige, benefits, and legitimacy lost since the Soviet collapse.

    Jairus says: "A little difficult to follow"
    "A little difficult to follow"
    Overall

    A complex subject and at times not that easy to follow. The narrator has problems with pronunciation, although ironically not for most Russian names. The worst was the United Arab Emigrants, rather than Emerates.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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