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Richard

park ridge, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (411)

    Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends - growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration - come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty.

    Michael says: "Capitalism and Democracy Collide"
    "Extremely compelling read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Divide the most enjoyable?

    Ray Porter


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too many to remember


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but look forward to seeking him out


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The insanity of how money predisposes people to success or failure in life. To whom and where you are born pre-destines people to a life of misery or comfort. Life for some really isn't fair. It just is.


    Any additional comments?

    How in the hell did we get this way.

    3 of 3 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
    (2515)
    Performance
    (2237)
    Story
    (2255)

    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."
    "Marginal at best"
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    What disappointed you about Flash Boys?

    The book was excessively redundant in the theme regarding the speed of transactions, over and over. I got the fact that someone spent millions bldg a super fast fiber optic path for High frequency traders. I did not need to keep reading about milli, micro and nano seconds.
    The book could have been a third the size. Really a waste of time.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Lewis before, how does this one compare?

    Listened to several of his books and love his work. I bought this one because I love his work.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Voice inflection and engaging tone.


    What character would you cut from Flash Boys?

    Most of them


    Any additional comments?

    I do buy and sell stocks. Not to the extent of the Flash Traders but I understand part of the process. For the layman like me this book is a waste of time. I dont understand the controversy it has caused.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Investigator: Fifty Years of Uncovering the Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Lenzner
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The Investigator is an extraordinary, wide-ranging, and singular career memoir from Washington insider Terry Lenzner, who has been first to investigate and uncover the truths behind some of the most intriguing world events and news stories of the past 50 years.

    Jeanne says: "Inside look at some major events"
    "Enlightening"
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    If you could sum up The Investigator in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, interesting, wanting


    Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Lenzner? Why or why not?

    Yes...He has a fascinating background with exposure to many memorable events.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He can make any book rise to an occasion it was not destined for.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The second half of the book was more moving and interesting than the first half. In retrospect Terry's earlier career gave him the background for the second half of his career.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1589)
    Story
    (1605)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "One of Michael Lewis's best"
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    Would you listen to Boomerang again? Why?

    I would listen again as there are a lot of interesting detail that I may have missed and / or want to review. The subject is complicated and needs to be fully understood.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Boomerang?

    The sense of humor and the funny sagas about an issue that is not fundamentally funny, but there are times in life you just have to find the humor in events even though it hurts.
    One event that stuck out a little was the fisherman turned Investment banker literally overnight.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have and he is a fabulous orator and story teller. I will seek out his other narrations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is my third Michael Lewis book and I plan to read them all eventually.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jay Elliot, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (789)

    In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

    David says: "a man who actually worked with Jobs"
    "Excellent insights"
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    Would you listen to The Steve Jobs Way again? Why?

    Yes , I would listen again. I listen while driving or walking and there are distractions at times that pull you away from the story. I probably missed some points and did not understand others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gave me some insights to Steve Jobs and the why's of the he products he influenced in terms of quality, functionality, aesthetic and purpose.


    What does Christopher Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tonality and emotion that is impossible to reach from reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It mad me laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned about the passion, commitment and sacrifice it must take to truly make a difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dana Priest, William M. Arkin
    • Narrated By Dana Priest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    The top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. Award-winning reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin here uncover the enormous size, shape, mission, and consequences of this invisible universe.

    Toombs says: "Excellent, detailed account of a secret world"
    "Hmmmm"
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    Could have been more interesting with a different speaker, less monotone. Far too much time & detail on the abbreviations of all the various agencies, like it is an important fact we are to remember?
    The premise of the book is excellent, the paranoia of security, privacy and control and how out of control
    the body of our overall security is. I certainly don't feel any safer knowing what I just read and would not be surprised if we experienced another catastrophic event. The finger pointing would certainly be interesting and equally disgusting. Have a problem, throw more money at it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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