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Frank

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  • All the Devils Are Here

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (203)

    As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, misguided regulators, sleazy subprime companies, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers? According to Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, two of America's most acclaimed business journalists, the real answer is all of the above-and more. Many devils helped bring hell to the economy.

    eurilynn says: "Excellent!"
    ". . . But Where Do You Place Blame??"
    Overall

    This is a really well done work. I would have liked to have had a cheat sheet so I could keep up with all the financial lingo that would be easy to follow on the written page. Regardless, McLean and Nocera weave a story of greed and more greed. Enough was never enough. The sad part is that the poeple who got hurt the most -- those who lost their homes and their investments -- can't put their finger on any one person. McLean and Nocera make that clear.
    What is clear is that there was no adult supervision from the regulators during the Bush Era. Yes, it started at the end of the Clinton years but it simply accelerated out of control. Nonetheless, had the government NOT stepped in '08, it's also pretty plain the financial nightmare that we've lived through would have been deeper and incredibly more painful. The big question is: did we as Americans truly learn anything from the mess? Look how long it has taken for the government to clean up the mess that was Fannie and Freddie. So how do we avoid a replay? Paraphrasing Adm Hyman Rickover who said, responding to a 1950s Congressional question about what he'd recommend to keep the military industrial complex in check, "Gentlemen, every other year put one of their presidents in jail -- regardless if he's done anything. It will keep the others in check."
    That approach 50-plus-years-on certainly would chasten Wall Street's enthusiasm to run wild.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2534)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (913)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "Highly Recommended"
    Overall

    Excellent story . . . good reader. Connelly remains a great story teller. And his insight into current day newsrooms is tack on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (21972)
    Performance
    (8704)
    Story
    (8896)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Brutally Awful"
    Overall

    Look guys, don't listen if you are new to recorded books. And if Audible reads this, get rid of this item. It is atrocious. Funny. No. Sad, yes. A total waste of time. Bad narrator, to boot.

    I've been listening to recorded books for 20+ years, and had I heard this first, I would not have listened to a second!!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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