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Eric Steinig

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  • Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets: Surviving the Public Spectacle in Finance and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Bonner, Lila Rajiva
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (15)
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    (15)

    Collectively, people think and act in ways that are different from how they think and act as individuals. Understanding these differences, says William (Bill) Bonner, a longtime maverick observer of the financial world and the vagaries of the investing public, is vital to preserving your wealth and personal dignity. Now Bonner and co-author Lila Rajiva show groupthink at work in an improbable array of instances throughout history and reveal why swimming against the current pays.

    morton says: "Great, Witty, Thought Provoking Audio"
    "Well read and fascinating"
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    What did you love best about Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets?

    The extremely broad coverage that describes how mobs behave, how messiahs are mindlessly followed, and how all this relates to the markets. I especially loved the use of simile and metaphor permeating the book. I had to laugh at the constructs and comparisons. They help drive home the message of the book with humor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hands down it is the anti-hero Greenspan. He is shown to be a hypocrite and ambitious toady to the administrations he served.


    Have you listened to any of Erik Synnestvedt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is a great reader. His voice and tone and pace keep the book lively and never boring.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it was a long haul. It is in three parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this book several times and especially Part 3, which I keep repeating in order to better understand all the nuances of what has been done to our economy and our nation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Henshaw
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (205)

    The USS Vicksburg is returning home when the crew comes upon a lifeboat bearing a dead Somali pirate who shows signs of torture. Questions immediately arise: Who is this man, and which ship did he come from? Who tortured him? Soon Red Cell analysts Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke have traced the dead man back to an Iranian ship currently bound for Venezuela - and the ship appears to have dangerous, radioactive cargo on board.

    Mark says: "Very good book, well read, can't ask for more"
    "Good plot and performance."
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    A good story line and believable characters and motivations. Especially interesting to see the portrayal of callous politicians willing to squander the lives of dedicated and patriotic military and civil servants.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor C. Nathan DeWall
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (278)

    Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.

    DaemonZeiro says: "Don't skimp on this one"
    "Study of the Obvious"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone without much intuition and experience in life.


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    I love the Great Courses, and was hoping for more from this course.


    Any additional comments?

    This book does no more than state the obvious, and tries to make it sound as though exhaustive research was needed to learn what most people already know.
    Example: You have more will power when you are not exhausted. (duh!)
    Example: People with low will power don't do well in life. (duh!)
    Example: Practicing will power will make you better at employing will power. (duh!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Khan: Empire of Silver: A Novel of the Khan Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (161)

    A #1 New York Times best-selling author, Conn Iggulden has garnered both critical and popular acclaim for his compelling novels about Genghis Khan. Iggulden’s riveting Empire of Silver—the fourth in his Khan dynasty series—highlights the incredible story of Ogedai, son of Genghis Khan.

    Tundrabeast says: "Great Next Chapter"
    "Khan Series is Great"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Khan: Empire of Silver to be better than the print version?

    This is book 4 of 5 in the series. A truly great story and the reader is great, but it is not a series for the faint of heart. I have long been curious about the phenomenon of Mongolian horsemen conquering most of Asia and eastern Europe. This series brings it all to life and makes it all credibal. The names of the characters are a bit difficult to grasp, and an effort is needed to remember the names in order to follow the chacters as they weave in and out of the story, and across the volumes. Each volume can stand alone, but are better taken from start to end. I found each volume to be better than the previous, but maybe it was because I was getting so wrapped up in the story.

    A second warning - the Mongols were bloodthirsty destroyers, and it is often hard to be sympathetic to them. The descriptive writing is graphic, but probably very authentic. In fact one often feels more sympathetic to their victims, who were trapped in their situation and had little ability to alter their fate.


    What other book might you compare Khan: Empire of Silver to and why?

    Others in the series.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    Kublai Khan


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was appalled by the butality of the age.


    Any additional comments?

    A long listen, but an education about the times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Financial Reckoning Day Fallout: Surviving Today's Global Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Addison Wiggin, William Bonner
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Addison Wiggin and William Bonner, astute observers of the global financial arena, take an informative look at surviving a modern market meltdown.

    John says: "What's the Point?"
    "Economics made understandable."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Financial Reckoning Day Fallout to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because you can re-listen to drive down the points being made. It is harder to do this when sitting down with the book. It is a book that can be listened to many times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Financial Reckoning Day Fallout?

    The clear analogies relating to the poor economic policies being fostered by our government.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cry for our country and for our children.


    Any additional comments?

    Those unfamiliar with Bonner and Wiggin will love their use of metaphor and their clear style and humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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