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Jeff

FAIRFIELD, CT, United States | Member Since 2011

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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"
    "couldn't get through it"
    Overall

    Too many stories to follow. Plus, I just finished Quants so I feel I wasn't in the mood for another book about the banking crisis that we all just went through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Scott Patterson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (183)

    In March 2006, the world's richest men sipped champagne in an opulent New York hotel. They were preparing to compete in a poker tournament with ­million-dollar stakes. At the card table that night was Peter Muller, who managed a fabulously successful hedge fund called PDT. With him was Ken Griffin, who was the tough-as-nails head of Citadel Investment Group. There, too, were Cliff Asness, the founder of the hedge fund AQR Capital Management, and Boaz Weinstein, king of the credit-default swap.

    D. Littman says: "perhaps the best book on the Quants"
    "a great account of what really happened inside"
    Overall

    Inside quant shops. What really happens. Particularly relevant given what happened with Galleon.
    Great read / or listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Murphy
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (424)

    In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

    Mark C Walker says: "Disappointing"
    "Loved it."
    Overall

    He follows three people from beginning to now. All different. Very current. Very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Guy Kawasaki
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    Enchantment, as defined by bestselling business guru Guy Kawasaki, is not about manipulating people. It transforms situations and relationships. It converts hostility into civility and civility into affinity. It changes the skeptics and cynics into the believers and the undecided into the loyal. Enchantment can happen during a retail transaction, a high-level corporate negotiation, or a Facebook update.

    Amazon Customer says: "I judged a book by it's cover-story"
    "Loved it."
    Overall

    Couldn't get through "art of the start" but this one was great. It's now my official bible for any business I start. I'm going out to by the hard-cover version soon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (362)

    In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

    Jeff says: "Not as good as his first but still great"
    "Not as good as his first but still great"
    Overall

    Howard is a bit narcissistic in his portrayal of Starbucks 2.0, but he it an excellent story teller, incredibly articulate, and I learned a lot from reading Onward. Actually, I listened to it on 2x or 3x speed, which was just perfect for the treadmill. Enjoy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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