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Michael F. Dickey

www.matus1976.com

CT, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 5 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 87 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Owen Weatherall
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (116)

    After the economic meltdown of 2008, Warren Buffett famously warned, "beware of geeks bearing formulas." But as James Weatherall demonstrates, not all geeks are created equal. While many of the mathematicians and software engineers on Wall Street failed when their abstractions turned ugly in practice, a special breed of physicists has a much deeper history of revolutionizing finance.

    TM says: "Rather Boring"
    "Fascinating and intelligent book"
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    The author clearly and enjoyably relates the history of how science and mathematics became applied to finance, highly enjoyable if you have a little bit of popular science background, it serves as a gentle introduction to many statistical and mathematical relationships as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Entrepreneur: The Fascinating Stories of the People Who Defined Business in the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Schweikart, Lynne Pierson
    • Narrated By Tee Quillen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Ever since the first colonists landed in 'The New World', Americans have forged ahead in their quest to make good on the promises of capitalism and independence. This book vividly illustrates the history of business in the United States from the point of view of the enterprising men and women who made it happen.

    Michael F. Dickey says: "In depth, evaluative, and fascinating"
    "In depth, evaluative, and fascinating"
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    Probably one of the most interesting books I've read, a great book if you are interested in history, business, capitalism, or entrepreneurship, and perfect if you are interested in more than one of those. Full of interesting facts as well as captivating narratives. I give 3 stars only for performance though, because it is read so fast, I listened to most of it at half speed using the Audible mobile app, which was a little too slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mastering the CompTIA A+: Complete Audio Guide

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christopher Parker
    • Narrated By Todd Schick
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    This Mastering the CompTIA A+ audiobook is the first A+ training product of its kind. It combines the comprehensive training of a traditional textbook with the portability, convenience and speed of audio. With a clear and smooth vocal delivery, Mastering the CompTIA A+ audiobook is a fast and enjoyable new way to train for your A+ exams.

    Leo says: "Better than Nothing..."
    "Decent to augment A+ studying with"
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    The longer of the A+ books here, and a little outdated, it is certainly not enough to use solely to study with, but to augment your A+ studying when you can listen while doing some other monotonous task, it might be worth it. The author reads very fast, so I slowed it down to 1/2 speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Boneshakers to Choppers: The Rip-Rearing History of Motorcycles

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Smedman
    • Narrated By Kerin McCue
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The motorcycle was invented in 1885 when two visionary Germans decided to attach a small internal combustion engine to a bicycle. From that humble origin begins a remarkable story of technological innovation, record-setting, and the formation of a whole new subculture of society. People began racing motorcycles not long after their introduction. In grueling endurance races, an American company named Harley-Davidson rode to the front of the pack with a thunderous roar.

    Michael F. Dickey says: "An enjoyable but slightly superficial overview"
    "An enjoyable but slightly superficial overview"
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    A decent narrative history woven together of the history of motorcycles, including significant foreign events as well. A little cheezy at times, but a light hearted, fair, and enjoyable telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunter: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Bidinotto
    • Narrated By Conor Hall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    From its first moments, Hunter takes you on a nonstop thrill ride: from the top floor of the CIA, to the marbled corridors of Capitol Hill...from the posh hotels of downtown Washington, to the city's mean, violent streets. It introduces a colorful new hero for our time - and a dazzling heroine every bit his equal. A spy mystery...a crime thriller...a passionate romance: Hunter is a genre-bending novel unlike any you've read. Deviously plotted, filled with vivid characters, and propelled at a breakneck pace.

    Michael F. Dickey says: "A great philosophical action romance..."
    "A great philosophical action romance..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Hunter the most enjoyable?

    Robert Bidinotto's "Hunter: A Thriller" is expertly crafted; integrating conflict, drama, and philosophy in a captivating story. The authors extensive background in criminal justice journalism adds intense realism and authenticity to the story. This story embodies the best of good story telling as one of an incredibly rare breed of philosophical action romances that idealizes positive rational themes. As one of these and Hunter stands, to use a metaphor from Robert's story, at Olympian heights. Thank you Robert for crafting such an excellent story, I eagerly await more Dylan Hunter stories.


    Which character – as performed by Conor Hall – was your favorite?

    Conor does a great job in the Audio rendition of this book, seamlessly transitioning from one characther to another and reading with sincerity and enthusiasm.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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