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Stephanie

Catawba, VA, United States

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  • Crash of the Titans: Greed, Hubris, the Fall of Merrill Lynch and the Near-Collapse of Bank of America

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Greg Farrell
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    With one notable exception, the firms that make up what we know as Wall Street have always been part of an inbred, insular culture that most people only vaguely understand. The exception was Merrill Lynch, a firm that revolutionized the stock market by bringing Wall Street to Main Street. Merrill Lynch was an icon. Its sudden decline, collapse, and sale to Bank of America was a shock. How did it happen? Why did it happen?

    Charles says: "A Dizzying Story About the Fall of an Icon"
    "The author needs an outline or timeline"
    Overall

    This book needs a timeline and the author should stick to it. Farrell goes in and out of decades like the dow chart on a volatile day. It was very difficult to keep the flow of the story in my head because in one paragraph he's discussing 1992 and in the next 2008 and back again before the next indent. It was difficult enough to remember the hundreds of names of all the players, but when you add the mixed up, back and forth, far past to near past recounts, I ultimately listened just to get what I could out of the facts. An outline would have been helpful for the reader and the author during his writing.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4615)
    Performance
    (2617)
    Story
    (2598)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Way too long"
    Overall

    This book could have been reduced by a hundred pages or more. Once the trial started, the defense went on and on and on and on and on, I almost fast forwarded, but my iPod doesn't deal with skipping very well. The beginning of the story was a page turner, but I never once got to the point where I cared whether the defendant was found guilty or not. By the end of the book, I wasn't interested in listening anymore. Finally, the synopsis gave the impression that this was about the foreclosure crisis and all its trappings in the legal system... wrong. It was a murder case with the sparse mention of foreclosure as a motive. Certainly not this author's best work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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