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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Member Since 2007

  • 3 reviews
  • 114 ratings
  • 433 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Listen to the incredible national best seller that is changing people's lives - and increasing their net worth. Also available:
    The Millionaire Mind.

    Mason says: "Light Went on in My Head"
    "The Millionaire Next Door"

    The book brings nothing new: if you start saving when you're young and be frugal (miser is more proper :) and have a good job all along, chances are you will accumulate wealth and be a millionaire when you retire, if any of these conditions are lacking then it will be harder to have the seven figures on your account.
    This is obvious. Why save so much if you can't enjoy what your means can buy without resorting to second hand cars and mediocre neighborhoods? Beats me.
    Their conclusions were obtained on research done on millionaires that accepted to be paid 100 to 200 dollars an hour to be interviewed, as mentioned on the text. Isn't it obvious that this would force any conclusion on their levels of frugality and their viewpoints to be skewed by the inherent biasing of the sample group? In other words, millionaires that are "frugal" enough to sell their time for a couple hundred bucks an hour are people that are naturally tight with their money anyway. That doesn't imply that millionaires in general behave this way, their research needs revising. Every sparrow is a bird but not every bird is a sparrow.
    Apart from that, the text is repetitive and the few formulas given are mediocre at best.
    The good effect of reading the book is that in a debt-crazy risk-taking America, a little serious self-examination comes in handy and the book reminds the readers of that. But don't expect the book to bring any original idea or surprising revelation.

    91 of 115 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time.

    Tad Davis says: "Compelling and depressing"
    "A Pleasant Surprise"

    Evans not only brings an unbiased view of the process that would culminate with the empowerment of Nazism, but formulates solid lines of thought, some profound, some shocking, some a little of both, that brings to the listener a consistent picture of events and facts that translates in a deeper undertanding, accomplishing what many other traditional sources were unable to.
    I found the narrator, despite some of the negative comments given, simply perfect for the job. The pauses are well intended and gives the reader the much needed time to digest the various ideas, suggestions and concepts that thrive in the text, thus assuring continuity of understanding. Several non-fiction audiobooks I've listened through Audible are read fiction style (fast paced and block bound), where plot is usually more emphasized than meaning, with disregard for the complexity contained in most non-fiction historical or scientific texts.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Take on the Street: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don't Want You to Know

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Arthur Levitt, Paula Dwyer
    • Narrated By Arthur Levitt

    With integrity and authority, former SEC chair Arthur Levitt gives us a bracing primer on the collapse of the system that oversees our capital markets, and essential advice on a discipline we often ignore to our peril - how not to lose money. At once anecdotal (names are named), informative, and prescriptive, Take on the Street "should be mandatory for anyone with a dollar invested in the stock market," says Publishers Weekly.

    Sean says: "Self-promoting with no usable info"
    "Enlightening for the average reader"

    Levitt covers relatively complex subjects on the industry, revealing to the average reader down-to-earth, sometimes shocking issues ranging from ones that can hurt the small investor directly such as the behavior of brokerages and funds to the ones that will affect him/her from the macro point of view, such as the complicated, ugly interaction among industry, government and regulators. He does all that in a clear, objective narrative that explains every financial jargon he uses in the description of the several cases.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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