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  • Bad Samaritans

  • The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism
  • By: Ha-Joon Chang
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

With irreverent wit, an engagingly personal style, and a battery of real-life examples, Ha-Joon Chang blasts holes in the "World Is Flat" orthodoxy of Thomas Friedman and other neo-liberal economists who argue that only unfettered capitalism and wide-open international trade can lift struggling nations out of poverty.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would Be Better As An Article

  • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

great book on breaking myths

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-16

Very good ideas about connection of economic growth with corruption, free trade, barriers, type of authorities in the country - one dictator for 30 years is not a bad thing . It's not what I used to think - and history shows that.

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,910

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too many examples, not enough ideas...

  • By Felix on 04-11-12

interesting book, lots of unconventional wisdom

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-16

good examples and insights in success stories.
be lucky and work hard. Not just hard work

  • Get Rich with Options: Four Winning Strategies Straight from the Exchange Floor, 2nd Edition

  • By: Lee Lowell
  • Narrated by: John Haag
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

After numerous years as an options market-maker in the trenches of the New York Mercantile Exchange, few analysts know how to make money trading options like author Lee Lowell. Now, in the Second Edition of Get Rich with Options, Lowell returns to show you exactly what works and what doesn't. Filled with in-depth insight and expert advice, this reliable resource provides you with the knowledge and strategies needed to achieve optimal results within the options market. It quickly covers the basics before moving on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well presented strategies.

  • By P. O'Neill on 09-25-12

good educational book on option strategies

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-15

Good book on option trading, with idea that selling options is not as bad as it seems. probability is on the side of seller.
To limit potential loss there are spread strategies. Book lacks negative scenarios and how to deal if trade goes in a wrong direction

  • Thou Shall Prosper

  • Ten Commandments for Making Money
  • By: Rabbi Daniel Lapin
  • Narrated by: A.C. Fellner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288

A practical approach to creating wealth-based on the established principles of ancient Jewish wisdom-made accessible to people of all backgrounds. The ups and downs of the economy prove Rabbi Daniel Lapin's famous principle that the more things change, the more we need to depend upon the things that never change. There's no better source for both practical and spiritual financial wisdom than the time-tested knowledge found in the ancient Jewish faith and its culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I knew buisness and money were good, heres why

  • By Zachary on 11-03-11

Good and rear book on success from biblical view

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-14

If you could sum up Thou Shall Prosper in three words, what would they be?

God is for prosperity (not against it)

What other book might you compare Thou Shall Prosper to and why?

Napoleon Hill's Think and grow rich has some of same principles - but this one I trust more since it has reference to the bible and Jewish traditions wich I personally trust more.

Which scene was your favorite?

I like interpretation of story of Cain - his name means "acquire" and he wanted to aquire all earth by eradicating copmetitors. But Gods plan was to increase welth through cooperation - this is possible when there are many people, in cities. And when Cain understood his mistake he decided to have kids and called his kid "education" - Enoch.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I liked the idea that job is viewd as service to God - because job is done to serve Gods children

Any additional comments?

there are many thoughts in this book about jewish tradition of understanding bible stories. I've read Bible few times but didn't see it's meaning from this side - from the way Jews understand it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Disinformation

  • Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom Attacking Religion and Promoting Terrorism
  • By: Prof. Ronald J. Rychlak, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa
  • Narrated by: Corey Snow
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

The highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa is at it again. A quarter century ago, in his international bestseller Red Horizons, Pacepa exposed the massive crimes and corruption of his former boss, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, giving the dictator a nervous breakdown and inspiring him to send assassination squads to the U.S. to find his former spy chief and kill him. They failed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Open your eyes!

  • By Cookie on 04-16-14

It is just anti comunism propaganda

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story - is boring. I expected it to be about some spy secrets. It appeared to be very simple anti comunism propaganda of a man who betrayed his country. If same happened to the opposite side - american citizen flees to soviet country and tells how he hates capitalism and love communism - that would not sound very sincere.

Has Disinformation turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, I think all this books will talk about good of capitalism and how bad is comunism

Did Corey Snow do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Corey's reading was OK

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Disinformation?

Sounds very cheesy scene when author kisses american soil. After being top kommunist - he flees to USA in exchange for information on romania. That information - is like proof how he loved USA and hated Communism

Any additional comments?

The character of the author has flaws - he betraid his father's country - and this book is his attemp to redeem this betrayal. Author doesn't see flaws in capitalism - that there are also taboo on many things in media. He just hates communism

1 of 15 people found this review helpful