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  • The Asylum: The Renegades Who Hijacked the World's Oil Market

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Leah McGrath Goodman
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    They were a band of outsiders unable to get jobs with New York's gilded financial establishment. They would go on to corner the world's multitrillion-dollar oil market, reaping unimaginable riches while bringing the economy to its knees. Meet the self-anointed kings of the New York Mercantile Exchange. In some ways, they are everything you would expect them to be: a secretive, members-only club of men and women who live lavish lifestyles; cavort with politicians, strippers, and celebrities; and blissfully jacked up oil prices to nearly $150 a barrel while profiting off the misery of the working class.

    Brad says: "Great - Well Written, Narrated Really Well"
    "Entertaining Nonfiction, Great Narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Asylum to be better than the print version?

    I don't know as I only have the audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gutman. He had a focus and a moral code. He was persecuted solely because of his role as chairman.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Fass – was your favorite?

    Probably Gutman.


    If you could give The Asylum a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Mooks Against the World.


    Any additional comments?

    The remarkable thing about this book is that the author seamlessly transitions between subjects, while the narrator does the same with the characters. This sets it apart from similar books like Boomerang, The Big Short, Too Big to Fail. And the characters are much more interesting.

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  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2537)
    Performance
    (1223)
    Story
    (1240)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "Unexpected treasure."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dangerous Fortune to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but sure enjoyed the narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dangerous Fortune?

    I enjoyed the scene in which the (main) villain got what was coming to him.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    I liked Hugh Pilaster and envisioned Hugh Grant playing him in a movie version, with Nicole Kidman playing the love of his life, Mazey Robinson..


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

    That would have been difficult, but it always kept my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    My wife and I have listened to practically all of Ken Follett's books and were surprised when this turned out to be our favorite. We listened to it together in the car. We found ourselves making up excuses to get out or the house and into the car so that we could find out what happened next. As some reviewers have said, this is an excellent period piece. As another reviewer has said, it is somewhat predictable in the sense that it is a melodramatic morality play. The fun is in the "over the top" characters and their interactions against the backdrop of the British class system and Victorian England. The narrator did a wonderful job in bringing out each character, and particularly contrasting the South American, upper class, and Cockney accents. We were sorry to see this book end.

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