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House of Cards Audiobook
House of Cards
Written by: 
William Cohan
Narrated by: 
Alan Sklar
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House of Cards Audiobook

House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street

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In March 2008, Bear Stearns, a swashbuckling 84-year-old financial institution, was forced to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase for an outrageously low price in a deal brokered by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was desperately trying to prevent an impending catastrophic market crash. But mere months before, an industry-wide boom had "the Bear" clocking a record high stock price. How did a giant investment bank with $18 billion in cash on hand disappear in a mere 10 days?

In this tour de force, Cohan provides a minute-by-minute account of the events that brought America's second Gilded Age to an end. Filled with intimate portraits of the major players, high-end gossip, and smart financial analysis, House of Cards recounts in delicious narrative form the dramatic events behind the fall of Bear Stearns and what it revealed about the financial world's progression from irrational boom to cataclysmic bust. House of Cards is the Rosetta Stone for understanding the dramatic and the unprecedented events that have reshaped Wall Street and global finance in the past two years.

©2009 William D. Cohan; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Bassam 02-27-14
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    "Another superb product from the Master"

    Yet another great product from the master of current Wall Street biographer/historian. Mr. Cohan never fails to make the absurd and menial sound so entertaining and absorbing. This one topped the Lazzard saga. I resolved to buying a print edition for keep. Mr. Sklar is absolutely superb in his tone and delivery. I can see Jimmi and Ace talking directly to me. Can't wait for the next one.

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    Randy Delray Beach, FL, United States 07-15-12
    Randy Delray Beach, FL, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorite audiobooks"

    I could not stop listening to the book. In my car, at home, it didn't matter. Great story of a very tumultuous time in US History.

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    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 12-22-11
    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2015

    I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.

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    "Interesting but Unentertaining"

    Not the best book to listen to. The author was too verbose and didn't keep the story moving along. I found myself fast forwarding just to get to the end.

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    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 05-23-11
    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 05-23-11 Member Since 2015

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    I like unabridged books because I like the detail of "being there." I won't say listening to this was easy - the material is complex and dozens of characters are involved - but it did frequently have me on the edge of my chair.

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    Matthew Glen Allen, VA, USA 06-07-10
    Matthew Glen Allen, VA, USA 06-07-10 Member Since 2015
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    "My house is your house"

    An interesting storyline version of the mess that brought down the economy and housing market. I found this version to be a more engaging account than other related books on the subject. Only problem was that it was a true story that affected us all and will continue to do so for at least a generation. The sheer apathy, greed and display of shock at their (the financial sector gurus) own demise astounds the reader. If you are a homeowner who refinanced during the mid 2000s take heed. You're nothing more than milking cow to some greedy creatures higher up the economic food chain.

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    David Rye, NY, USA 05-02-10
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    "Impressively well written."

    William Cohen clearly made an effort to explain what happened at Bear Stearns in a well told story.

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    Robert Elizabethtown, KY, USA 08-18-09
    Robert Elizabethtown, KY, USA 08-18-09 Member Since 2013
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    "As dry as toast"

    The story is told in a dry, linear fashion. There is very little 'story' and reads as though it is transcript from some string of interviews.

    Yawn.

    I guess if you really love accounting and finance this book could work for you.

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    John MORRISVILLE, PA, United States 08-04-09
    John MORRISVILLE, PA, United States 08-04-09 Member Since 2005
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    "long, excruciating detail, inside baseball"

    It's long, long, long, long and long.

    The amount of detail obscures the concepts underneath the premise of the book, what happened to Bear Sterns. Was it bridge? Was it writing about bridge? Was it focusing on decreasing expenses rather than increasing revenue stream? Was it a fictional character created by the CEO to get people to save money? Was it the semi-circular desk? Motorcycles? Ferraris?

    At the end of the day, I can't tell what the author is trying to point to. Cut this book by 2/3 and you've got something. Where's an editor when you need one?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny 04-28-09
    Johnny 04-28-09
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    "Mesmerizing Story, But Sad Human behavior"

    House of Cards was a thoroughly engaging read(listen). Found the narration to be superb especially the tonality used for CEO Jimmy Cayne's Voice. At some points it felt like I was actually there listening to these guys in their office. The story of hubris and greed is a sad commentary. Such is the case that "bankers/brokers" making ten's of millions of dollar a year were able to destroy a company with 13,000 employees and an 80 years history. Little or no technical jargon. No need to be in finance to enjoy this book. Like to walk when listening to books and was able to walk farther and longer than usual because I found the story so interesting.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Eugene S. 06-18-09
    Eugene S. 06-18-09 Member Since 2013
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    "absolute garbage"

    I thought this would be an insightful analysis of the events that lead to the collapse of the market. Instead this book is a 25-hour long drivel describing in excruciating detail the daily minutia at Bear Stearns. I really don't care who plays bridge with whom or what Hank Paulson had for lunch. It is absolutely incredible how someone can write a book this long and yet make it largely devoid of content.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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