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  • Billion Dollar Whale

  • By: Bradley Hope, Tom Wright
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,886

In 2009, with the dust yet to settle on the financial crisis, a baby-faced, seemingly mild-mannered Wharton grad began setting in motion a fraud of unprecedented gall and magnitude - one that would come to symbolize the next great threat to the global financial system. His name is Jho Low, a man whose behavior was so preposterous he might seem made up. An epic true tale of hubris and greed, Billion Dollar Whale reveals how this young social climber pulled off one of the biggest heists in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t stop listening!

  • By A lane on 10-05-18

Wow, had no idea...

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

This is world-class investigative journalism. I’ve read dozens of Wall St/Finance memoirs, and I’d put this in the same league as Sorkin’s Too Big To Fail...with detailed sourcing clearly from insiders and authorities at the highest levels.

I didn’t appreciate that 1MDB may be the single largest heist in history. In real time, as news articles trickle out, it’s been difficult for me to grasp or pay attention to the myriad details. This book puts it all together, laying bare the the scope and scale of the heist. This book is the definitive account of the 1MDB heist. It’s breathtaking.

  • The Acquirer's Multiple

  • How the Billionaire Contrarians of Deep Value Beat the Market
  • By: Tobias E. Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Pollak
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

The Acquirer’s Multiple: How the Billionaire Contrarians of Deep Value Beat the Market is an easy-to-follow account of deep value investing. The audiobook shows how investors Warren Buffett, Carl Icahn, David Einhorn, and Dan Loeb got started and how they do it. Author Tobias Carlisle combines engaging stories with research and data to show how you can do it too. Written by an active value investor, The Acquirer’s Multiple provides an insider's view on deep value investing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars if you're new to investing

  • By Steve on 06-16-18

5 stars if you're new to investing

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

It's a 5-star book for people new to investing. I didn't realize it was just a simplified version of his other books (which I own, and are excellent), so I'm giving this 3 stars because I wouldn't have ordered it had I known. Probably just my fault for not doing more research on it before I ordered.

It's similar in tone, depth and intended audience to "The Little Book that Beats the Markets" and I'd probably put it in my Top 5 recommend books for beginners:

1. Little Book that Beats the Markets
2. The Acquirer's Multiple
3. The 5 Rules for Successful Investing
4. Essays of Warren Buffett
5. Think Twice (or some other intro to Behavioral Psychology)

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  • Economics in One Lesson

  • By: Henry Hazlitt
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

Called by H.L. Mencken, "one of the few economists in history who could really write," Henry Hazlitt achieved lasting fame for his brilliant but concise work. In it, he explains basic truths about economics and the economic fallacies responsible for unemployment, inflation, high taxes, and recession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New to Economics? Start here!

  • By Ferg Merkl on 10-12-07

Best book I've ever read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-16

Best explanation of economics, accessible to both novice and expert. Should be required reading I order to vote.

  • Buffett Beyond Value

  • Why Warren Buffett Looks to Growth and Management When Investing
  • By: Prem C. Jain
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

In this engaging new audiobook, author Prem Jain extracts Warren Buffett's wisdom from his writings, Berkshire Hathaway financial statements, and his letters to shareholders and partners in his partnership firms. Jain uncovers the key elements of Buffett's approach that every investor should be aware of. With Buffett Beyond Value, you'll learn that, contrary to popular belief, Warren Buffett is not a pure value investor, but a unique thinker who combines the principles of both value and growth investing strategies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perhaps best book on Buffett style Value Investing

  • By Master Yoda on 06-16-13

Written for the absolute novice.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-16

I was disappointed. This book was written for the complete novice. Takes too much time explaining beginner concepts, such as describing how assets depreciate or explaining how Goodwill isn't good feelings toward a company. He also draws conclusions and makes simplistic investment recommendations that are only loosely connected to Buffett...I'm not at all convinced Buffett would agree with at least half of them. MAYBE good for a high school kid who has never read another book on WB.

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  • On the Brink

  • Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System
  • By: Henry M. Paulson
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

From the man who was in the very middle of this perfect economic storm, On the Brink is Paulson's fast-paced retelling of the key decisions that had to be made with lightning speed. Paulson puts the listener in the room for all the intense moments as he addressed urgent market conditions, weighed critical decisions, and debated policy and economic considerations with of all the notable players.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Depth than "Too Big to Fail"

  • By Michael Moore on 02-22-10

great book, what was going on behind the scenes

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

Best book on crisis that I've read, next to Sorkin's. Really enjoyed getting a first-hand view of the events that I remember all too well. I was glued to my Bloomberg terminal and the news during this period...this book is a fascinating look at what was going on behind the scenes that I never saw or heard. Genuinely new insights and stories, not just a rehash of public events, as are so many other books about the financial crisis. Highly recommend.

  • The Alchemy of Finance

  • By: George Soros
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 361

George Soros, called "a superstar among money managers" by The New York Times, shares the investment strategies he uses to read the mind of the market.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audible doesn't have full version

  • By Steve on 06-17-15

Audible doesn't have full version

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

Any additional comments?

This audible book is not the most recent version of the book and leaves out several entire chapters.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful