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Jeremy

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  • The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frances Ashcroft
    • Narrated By Jenna Berk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (13)

    We are all familiar with the idea that machines are powered by electricity, but perhaps not so aware that this is also true for ourselves. "The Spark of Life" is a spectacular account of the body electric, showing how, from before conception to the last breath we draw, electrical signals in our cells are essential to everything we think and do. These signals are produced by some amazing proteins that sit at the forefront of current scientific research - the ion channels. They are found in every cell in Earth and they govern every aspect of our lives, from consciousness to sexual attraction, fighting infection, our ability to see and hear, and the beating of our hearts.

    Jeremy says: "Informative"
    "Informative"
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    The Spark of Life contains lots of information that was explained clearly but seems to wander and digress a little too often in to personal anecdotes about the author. I also found that the reader did not appear to be familiar with many of the technical terms and read slowly. It would have been helpful if there was a pdf of the figures as the reader described several figures that would have been helpful to see. I have noticed in the past several books i have purchased that there is no pdf.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Peripheral

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran's benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC's elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there's a job he's supposed to do - a job Flynne didn't know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her.

    Jeremy says: "Excellent Book!"
    "Excellent Book!"
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    This is very good science fiction. Definitely worth a credit. A bit of a challenge to follow in the beginning but it comes together and makes for an interesting and captivating story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (2500)
    Performance
    (2223)
    Story
    (2243)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Excellent Book On How The Stock Market Works"
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    This book is a must read. It is well written and tells a great true story. While there has been a lot of coverage of this book in the media the depth of the corruption in the US Stock Markets is detailed in this book to a much greater degree.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Aftershock Investor: A Crash Course in Staying Afloat in a Sinking Economy, 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer, Cindy S. Spitzer
    • Narrated By Allan Robertson
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Advice on protection and profits in the short and long term future from the experts who accurately predicted the financial crisis of 2008, and who now have more detailed information about what is yet to come.

    John says: "Interesting, But With a Grain of Salt"
    "A lot of self promotion"
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    While the information in the book was interesting it seems that the main purpose of the book was to promote their investment consulting business and website.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Neil Barofsky
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    An insider of both the Bush and Obama administrations offers an irrefutable indictment of the mishandling of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program bailouts and the extreme degree to which our government officials—from both parties—served the interests of Wall Street at the expense of the public. From his first day on the job as the special inspector general in charge of overseeing the distribution of the bailout money, Neil Barofsky found that the officials at the Treasury Department in charge of the bailouts were in thrall to the interests of the big banks.

    Lauren says: "Barofsky's Bio of the time he was a TARP Watchdog"
    "How the Treasury Foamed the Runway for Foreclosure"
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    The author provides an interesting insider's view of the workings of the Treasury in the months and early years after the financial collapse. This is a surprisingly interesting story that reveals how tightly coupled the Treasury is to Wallstreet. The revolving door ensures that the priority of the Treasury following the crises was to prop up the WallStreet and the Banks. Programs that were intended to help homeowners caught up in the crises were implemented by Treasury in such a way that they had a completely different purpose. Rather than restructuring mortgages to benefit the distressed homeowner the plan intention was to spread out the foreclosures in time such that the banks would have the capacity to process them. The goal was to maximize the return to banks and mortgage processing companies rather than to help the homeowners. This is but one example from the book.

    My take away from the book was that the Treasury has been thoroughly captured by the Banks and Wallstreet and no longer works in the interest of most of the tax payers.

    Highly Recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stewardship: Lessons Learned From the Lost Culture of Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John G. Taft, John C. Bogle (foreword)
    • Narrated By Richard Fish
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Stewardship is the journey of financial insider John Taft toward understanding and affirming the importance of stewardship - which he has come to define as "serving others" - as a core principle for the financial services industry, the global financial system, and society at large. From the man who made the decision to reimburse clients affected by the collapse of a money market mutual fund, comes a compelling look at why financial service companies should start doing what's right for their customers.

    Jeremy says: "The One Percents View of the Economic Collapse"
    "The One Percents View of the Economic Collapse"
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    What did you love best about Stewardship?

    The most interesting aspect of this book was that it provided insight in to how the 1% view the world. For example what the author learned from the recent economic crises is that you should bolster your investments for "Black Swan" events. Some specific advice that he gives is to have two to three years of cash available to cover your living expenses. Also to have 5% of your assets held offshore.


    What aspect of Richard Fish’s performance would you have changed?

    The book was read in a manner that it came across as condescending in several sections.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had a lot of good and insightful information in it. The author is clearly Republican and religious which caused me to cringe at some of his opinions. For example social programs were always referred to with contempt as "entitlement programs". Never was there a suggestion to cut defense spending as a method to help reduce the debt. Still worth a listen, if nothing else, to get a view from the 1%.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Charles H. Ferguson
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    Charles H. Ferguson, who electrified the world with his Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, now explains how a predator elite took over the country, step by step, and he exposes the networks of academic, financial, and political influence, in all recent administrations, that prepared the predators' path to conquest. Over the last several decades, the United States has undergone one of the most radical social and economic transformations in its history.

    Jeremy says: "The Best Book on the Financial Collapse"
    "The Best Book on the Financial Collapse"
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    I have read many of the recently published books on the financial crises over the past few years in an effort to better understand what happened. This book is by far the best that I have read to date. It details not only what happened and how the crises was created but also who was behind it and how they benefited. The most interesting chapters discuss the many laws that were broken by the large financial institutions and complete absence of prosecution by any law enforcement agency in the US.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kitty Ferguson
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Stephen Hawking is one of the most remarkable figures of our time, a Cambridge genius who has earned international celebrity as a brilliant theoretical physicist and become an inspiration and revelation to those who have witnessed his courageous triumph over disability. This is Hawking's life story by Kitty Ferguson, who has had special help from Hawking himself and his close associates and who has a gift for translating the language of theoretical physics for non-scientists.

    Prairie says: "Not What it Appears"
    "Too Much Focus on Religion"
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    This is an interesting book on Stephen Hawkins and his work. The theories of cosmology, string theory, inflation are explained very clearly for the lay science reader. My big issue was how much the author focused on the religious aspects of his work as she seemed to become more distraught over his theories leaving less and less room for a god. If the author's concern over the religious implications of his theories were mentioned once in the book that would have been fine, however, it was a recurring topic that really detracted from what otherwise was an excellent book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Map of Time: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Felix J. Palma
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    Set in Victorian London, with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history? Félix J. Palma explores this question, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting

    CRISTY says: "Langton couldn't have done a better job narrating"
    "Don't Bother"
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    I did listen to the entire book in the hope that there would be some point to it. There never was...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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