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Ida Rose

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  • 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Johnson, James Kwak
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Even after the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, America is still beset by the depredations of an oligarchy that is now bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks, which together control assets amounting to more than 60 percent of the country's gross domestic product, these financial institutions (now more emphatically "too big to fail") continue to hold the global economy hostage.

    Kyle says: "Easy to Understand and Comprehend"
    "Interesting content: snoozeville narration"
    Overall

    I have over 3 dozen audio books from Audible and this is the first time I've decided to buy the book and just read it. I want to hear Simon Johnson's take on these 13 powerful bankers -- and their grip on our economy, but the narration has an odd cadence. The beginning of sentences start out fine, but the narrator ends the last few syllables of nearly every sentence in a clipped staccato. The effect is nearly hypnotic. The content is already somewhat dry and I listen while commuting 2 hours each week -- sometimes late in the evening. I listen to keep me alert -- but this narrator's style lulls me like a baby. Listen to the sample -- maybe it won't bother you and the content is certainly worth the listen/read.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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