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Mona

Burbank, CA, USA

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  • House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Cohan
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    In March 2008, Bear Stearns, a swashbuckling 84-year-old financial institution, was forced to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase for an outrageously low price in a deal brokered by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was desperately trying to prevent the impending catastrophic market crash. But mere months before, an industry-wide boom had "the Bear" clocking a record high stock price. How did a giant investment bank with $18 billion in cash on hand disappear in a mere 10 days?

    roberta Kane says: "Riveting, interesting, learned alot"
    "Great play-by-play of a historic moment"
    Overall

    The play-by-play of Bear Stearns last few years and final demise was quite enthralling for anyone in the business. The middle of the book gets a bit slow as the author gives a pretty detailed history of the making of Bear Stearns. But worth the listen overall.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9533)
    Performance
    (4073)
    Story
    (4082)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Entertaining and quick"
    Overall

    A nice and short series of statistical oddities that makes one think twice about what leads to personal success. This is not a scientifically exhaustive approach. But a great listen and easy to follow and absorb.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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