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scott

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Turney Duff
    • Narrated By Turney Duff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (214)

    A remarkable writing debut, filled with indelible moments, The Buy Side shows as no book ever has the rewards – and dizzying temptations – of making a living on the Street.

    Courtney says: "Fascinating, honest tale of life on the "Street""
    "Train Wreck on Wall Street"
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    Turney Duff takes us from his days as a wide eyed newbie at Morgan Stanley, through his trading days at Galleon, Argus Partners and J.L. Berkowitz in a book which one hopes was as self healing for Duff to write as it was interesting for us to read. Throughout the book you keep asking yourself, "how bad can this get" and saying, "I know this isn't going to end well, when does the train hit the wall." When done, it leaves you asking the age old question, "How could someone who had everything let it get so out of control?"

    Some good stuff on Galleon and its founder/felon Raj Rajaratnam, more examples of Wall Street putting self interests ahead of clients, an interesting take on Jim Cramer, and the obvious lesson on the danger of drugs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gene Simmons
    • Narrated By Gene Simmons, John Varvatos
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (126)

    KISS did not become one of the most successful rock bands in history by accident. Long before they first took the stage, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had a clear-cut operating plan for their business. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages over 3,000 licensed merchandise items. In addition to KISS, Simmons’ lucrative ventures include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record company.

    Frater Herne says: "Not the Gene Simmons you THINK you know! 10 stars!"
    "Scomo Review Me, Inc."
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    Always wondered why some celebrities, for example Joan Rivers in comedy, Gene Simmons of Kiss in music, with good but not great talent, grew ( in Gene's case from impoverished beginnings) into multi, multi millionaires while other groups ended up dead broke. This book explains it all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joe Perry, David Ritz
    • Narrated By Joe Perry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    In Rocks, Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock-gods on stage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll.

    Royce Phillips says: "Discover Your Passion and Love With A Full Heart"
    "The Scomo Review"
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    Part rags to riches to rags to riches success story, part Music Business 101, part lesson in drug addiction, part lesson in love and marriage, part intelligent loner rocker taking a philosophical look back his band and his life, and yes, part rant at unscrupulous managers and at frontman Tyler with whom Perry obviously has a classic love/hate relationship. At the end of the book you feel like you've spent the day with that quirky neighbor who can get on people's nerves but about whom you say, "I just love that guy."

    Interesting moments:
    Joe Perry came from an upper middle class family, quit prep school rather than cut his hair, then took a job a manual labor job while he pursued his music career. That determination, drive, and stubbornness never left him.
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    Later in their careers the band was listening to a song which Tyler suggested they cover. Didn't happen, "That's our song", he was told. Shades of Spinal Tap here and when Perry describes attending Aerosmith concert after he quit the band.

    Surprising how many times this Toxic Twin talks about wanting his dad's love and approval.

    Overall great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ultramarathon Man: Confession of an All-Night Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dean Karnazes
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (263)

    Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

    Andrea says: "Not as self-congratulating as others have said"
    "Exactly What I Wanted From This Book"
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    Some negative reviews call this a Dean Karmazes self congratulatory novel. To me this was a step by step history lesson of a man that didn't see purpose in his business life, decided to change that and turned to ultra running to get in touch with his spirituality. We are taken through his first run after the epiphany (which took him weeks from which to recover), through a number of other races where Dean discusses his self doubts and the inner being that drives him. Along the way we are introduced to a cast of memorable characters. At the end of the book you feel if Dean can do, why not me? Very inspirational.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Lieberman
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (273)

    In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman - chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field - gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

    G-Man says: "A great discussion of human evolution/physiology"
    "Fascinating"
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    Kind of boggles the mind to think mankind has been around hundreds of thousands of years. First part of the book is an evolution history lesson, second part is an examination of where we currently are and implications for the future. Very readable, Lieberman often points out evolution facts (learned through fossil discoveries) and assumptions. Some surprising facts like most people have 1-3% Neanderthal DNA and most of the world can be traced back to a small community of 14,000 people in Africa. Overall, Lieberman has made what could have been a very dry book, come to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5649)
    Performance
    (3251)
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    (3296)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Put this on your IPod and Go for a Run"
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    Bought this book to use credits. Got one of my favorite books of all time. Part collection of some of the eccentric characters that seem to be prevalent in ultra marathoning, part ultra marathon history, part lesson in the science of running. Stars of the show are the Tarahumaras of the Mexican Sierra Madre, a close community famous for running and their out of control corn beer infused parties. Barefoot Ted, Czech running revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, Billy and Jen, the hard partying former lifeguard couple, and Caballo Blanco are other characters that make this book a fun read/ listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (431)

    How do other countries create "smarter" kids? In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers? In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed­ded in these countries for one year.

    André says: "Great teachers+ Raise kids' bar+ Don't exaggerate"
    "A clear look at education"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A must read for parents of young children. This book cuts through the education and learning hype.


    Any additional comments?

    The book examines the pros and cons of four educational systems Korea, Finland, Poland and the United States and comes up with some interesting observations and recommendations.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Greg Smith
    • Narrated By Greg Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (268)

    On March 14, 2012, more than three million people read Greg Smith's bombshell op-ed in the New York Times titled Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs. The column immediately went viral, became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, and drew passionate responses from former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Mostly, though, it hit a nerve among the general public who question the role of Wall Street in society - and the callous "take-the-money-and-run" mentality that brought the world economy to its knees a few short years ago.

    Michael Moore says: "Engaging Story; Raises Highly Important Issues"
    "Great Entertainment"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The GS manager who asked the female who was crying because a co-worker had been fired, "what did you major in at Villanova, emotionalism?" Typical


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

    Any time he talked about what was said over the Hoot'n Holler.


    Any additional comments?

    In an industry where 70% of portfolio and hedge fund managers underperform the market in a good year, where failing bankers get million dollar bonuses, where we get a constant barage of BS artists posing as convincing prognosticators on CNBC every day, can anyone be surprised that Goldman Sachs looks after themselves before customers? Nothing new here, but a fun read nonetheless. This is why Warren Buffet tells recent college grads seeking jobs "to hold your noses and head to Wall Street".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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