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John R

Hauppauge, NY, USA

  • 2 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 95 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvetd

    To connect with today's buyer, you need to stop pushing your message out and start pulling your customers in. The rules of marketing have changed and the key to winning is to use this change to your advantage. If you've wondered how to get found in Google or why blogs and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are important, Inbound Marketing is the audiobook for you.

    Cat Goddess says: "DON'T BUY THE AUDIO VERSION!"
    "I am not that hard to please"

    I just want to start by saying, I'm a guy who's pretty good at finding the good in anything. In fact, I'm very rarely compelled to say anything at all If I've got nothing nice to say. With that, the good thing is that the information in this audio book is solid and truly useful. Here's the bad thing: It's practically unlistenable (yes, I made up a word for this) because of the narration. What is that pompous, condescending inflection in your voice sir? Stop that, or learn a new vocation, ok? I'm very interested in this information, and have tried 5 times to finish this audio book. I cannot.

    Buy the book people, and have someone else read it to you.

    39 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Influence: What Happens When Other Countries Have the Money

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stephen S. Cohen, J. Bradford DeLong
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the end of World War II, America had all the money and all the power. Now, after the Great Crash of 2008, America is cash poor. In The End of Influence, world-renowned economists Stephen Cohen and Brad DeLong argue that this loss will have grave consequences for Americas standing in the world, even as it opens up new opportunities for a new multilateralism.

    John R says: "Now I get it!"
    "Now I get it!"

    While this book deals with the specific topic of the shifting of power within the global economy, it served as a great education for me on the interconnectedness of world markets in general.

    I'm an active retail investor who spends a lot of time trying to decipher the sound bytes on "money TV" including references to "Dollar Strength", "Fiscal & Monetary Policy" & "Sovereign Dept" in order to form an opinion about Market direction. While we can't all have the background in economics that some of the TV commentary assumes, this book serves as a useful and interesting primer on some difficult, convoluted economic concepts. I have to admit, there are times when I catch myself pondering a concept in one sentence, only to miss the next sentence completely. A second listen should help (or a finger on the pause button).

    There is humor in the writing which sometimes is hard to pick out due to the even tone with which this book is read, but this is a thoughtful, intelligent and extremely useful book. It is devoid of hyperbole and sensationalism, which I appreciated. The facts are compelling enough on their own and I enjoyed this book very much.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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