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Dale

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  • 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
    (1913)
    Performance
    (1578)
    Story
    (1594)

    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"
    "Interesting but not complete"
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    Lewis gives an interesting story of his travels. Boomerang explains some of the theories for the cause of the economic downturn in global economy. He doesn't really explain the issues in the US nor does he predict what is to come. The book ends abruptly as his journey ends. It is a travel log with some thoughts yet a fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 33 Strategies of War

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (262)

    Spanning world civilizations, synthesizing dozens of political, philosophical, and religious texts and thousands of years of violent conflict, The 33 Strategies of War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social games of everyday life, informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in war. Structured in Greene's trademark style, The 33 Strategies of War is the I Ching of conflict, the contemporary companion to Sun Tzu's The Art of War.

    Chris says: "Excellent Materials"
    "Life is a war...really?"
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    The theme of this book is that everyone and everything in life manifests as some sort of conflict or war. Everyone is an opponent or potential enemy. Trust no one. Politic and scheme against everyone. Really? What kind of life is that? What about altruism? Faith? Meaning? I am a veteran of Iraq and an executive in a large company. I don't think like this and I would not hire someone who does. Greene fails at human relationships. It is the good in these that we thrive on and not war. The narration is OK, not great. Leslie sounds elitist which does not help me swallow the text.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Overpass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mike Yankoski
    • Narrated By Mike Yankoski
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Night after night Mike and Sam found their beds under bridges and on the streets. They were forced to depend on the generosity and kindness of strangers as they panhandled to sustain their existence. For more than five months, the pair experienced firsthand the extreme pains of hunger, the constant uncertainty and danger of living on the streets, exhaustion, depression, and social rejection-and all of this by their own choice.

    Beverly says: "Be ready to change your life"
    "Motivating"
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    This book motivated me to get off my butt and make a difference. Yankoski and his friend really stepped out and took risk to do the right thing. This is their story and not too preachy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hustle as Strategy

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Amar V. Bhide
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    The age of competitive strategy may be past. Sophisticated managers are learning that handsome returns come directly from superior strategic execution - not strategic planning. Their method: hustle and get it right.

    Oliver says: "The worst narration I have ever heard"
    "Pointless"
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    The narration was the worst that I've heard. No retakes, no editing.
    The content rambled without structure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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