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Richard

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  • The Little Book of Big Dividends: A Safe Formula for Guaranteed Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charles B. Carlson, Terry Savage
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Everyone needs to invest, but where do you invest during bear markets? The massive stock declines over the past year have eroded savings, but this doesn't mean you should stuff your money into a mattress. It needs to be put to work, getting some return so that it will grow. Smart investors will turn to high dividend paying stocks to get a stable and growing stream of income.

    Tilo says: "Practical tips"
    "Succinct Yet Thorough Presentation"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is valuable information that can be implemented by any investor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Little Book of Big Dividends?

    The explanation of the parameters that comprise the Quadratic Scores


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Little Book of Big Dividends?

    The selection of dividend paying stocks based on the metrics presented in the book


    Any additional comments?

    The website disclosed in the book is a great source of additional information

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7613)
    Performance
    (2354)
    Story
    (2346)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "Thought Provoking Insight Into Human Behavior"
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    What made the experience of listening to Blink the most enjoyable?

    its correlation of many factors


    What other book might you compare Blink to and why?

    Freakonomics


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

    His narrative animates the text


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

    Implementation by police depts of lessons learned from behavioral research


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Steve Coll
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (117)

    Steve Coll investigates the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States, revealing the true extent of its power. ExxonMobil’s annual revenues are larger than the economic activity in the great majority of countries. In many of the countries where it conducts business, ExxonMobil’s sway over politics and security is greater than that of the United States embassy. In Washington, ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than almost any other corporation. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is a black box.

    Zak says: "Please no more accents!"
    "Excellent Content but Subpar Narration"
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    Would you listen to Private Empire again? Why?

    Yes, because it provides excellent insight into the complexities of running a major energy company in the 21st Century.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Exxon-Mobil because although it is portrayed as a villian throughout the book, it prevailed in the end!


    What three words best describe Malcolm Hillgartner’s voice?

    Mispronounced "Schlumberger" and "Total"


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

    No, it is far too long and too deep


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator showed his unfamiliarity with major foreign oil and oil services companies by mispronouncing "Total" as though it were the cereal Total, and misprouncing the last two syllables in "Schlumberger" like those in hamburger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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