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Mark

Mount Juliet, TN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (439)

    There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

    Anthony K says: "Like the Muhammad Ali of Seth Godin Books"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to this book after hearing an interview with Seth Godin, but there is very little in the 4 1/2 hours that isn't self evident to any reasonably educated professional. The book may be valuable at the high school or early college level in exposing students to ways of thinking about a career/profession.

    0 of 0 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
    (2158)
    Performance
    (1925)
    Story
    (1941)

    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."
    "Watch the 60 Minutes Story on Flash Trading Instea"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Flash Boys better?

    I'm a huge Michael Lewis fan but this book should have been an Atlantic magazine article or ebook.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matthew Syed
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature: why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life.

    Joao Coelho says: "Very eye opening"
    "Malcom Gladwell should sue"
    Overall

    I listened to about an hour of the book and most of the negative reviews are spot on. The book is completely derivative and the author is self aggrandizing about his accomplishments as a former top ping-pong player in Britian. Achieving that status is anything gives some insight into success but hearing the narrator drone on about the topic was too tiresome for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4363)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1852)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Reads like non-fiction"
    Overall

    After 10 hours of listening and many well thought out, thorough explanations, I still can't coherently explain what a CDO is... And this is exactly the point of the book. Michael Lewis does an amazing job of allowing the reader the vantage point of the book's protagonists, who become increasingly more incredulous as they learn about the financial system they are betting against. Good stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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