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Churchville, PA, USA

  • 2 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014

  • American Sucker

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Denby
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris

    Join David Denby, New Yorker critic and otherwise sensible man, on a whirlwind ride through an exuberant stock market, investment feeding frenzy, and the cataclysmic result of greed and illusion.

    loix says: "can't imagine what the unabridged version is like"
    "A total waste of time and money"

    I looked forward to hearing an entertaining book about one investor's travails during the stock market boom-and-bust of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Written in a style that favors exposition rather than brevity, this is one of the most boring audiobooks I have ever heard. Apparently, the author found this writing therapeutic (and cheaper than psychoanalysis), for the book delivers a rambling discourse on the author's marital woes, pornography, impotence, and a host of other topics unrelated to the stock market. Other than learning that the author was an incredibly foolhardy -- and foolish -- investor, the reader can take very few lessons from this saga of greed. Author David Denby apparently feels likes a "sucker" because he lost his shirt in the stock market. He did so because he failed to appreciate the risks of investing and ignored the many red "danger" flags waved in his face during the market collapse. Potential purchasers of this book are hereby given a red "danger" flag of their own: if you are looking for an interesting book about the Internet boom/bust, this is NOT the book. This book is pretentious and a total waste of time and money. Buy this book and you will undoubtedly feel like a "sucker" for doing so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Journalist Susan Casey was in her living room when she first glimpsed this strange place and its resident sharks, their dark fins swirling around a tiny boat in a documentary. These great whites were the alphas among alphas, the narrator said, some of them topping 18 feet in length, and each fall they congregated here off the northern California coast.

    Brian says: "Romance novel + diary + shark?"
    "An eye-opening tale"

    The Devil's Teeth is an amazing and fascinating look at one of nature's most fearsome predators -- the great white shark. After reading the excerpt of this book in a recent issue of Sports Illustrated, I knew this would be a captivating listen. A very well-written book that is filled with lots of information and anecdotes that may have been known in the California diving community (and maybe in certain segments of the scientific community), but certainly were not widely known elsewhere. Readers may have nightmares about sharks for weeks after hearing this book ... and they certainly will think twice about scuba diving off the Northern California coast.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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