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Joe Bloggs

WASHINGTON, IL, United States
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Screwed by the FBI

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-19

This is a story about how the FBI caught a few bad guy insider traders and screwed a few guys that mostly did not deserve the harsh punishment they got. It's a decent story I guess, but it also reeks of frustration and righteousness on the part of the FBI.
The author points out how the "bad guys" never showed regret or shame or even regret of anything other than getting caught. You sort of have to remind yourself that insider trading only screws over other traders and doesn't even affect long term investors. Once you realize this, you have a different perspective than the author.

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Poison Apple Kills It

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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: 06-24-19

Mark Greaney is really writing at another level. The Gray Man books are a notch better than most every other book or series in this genre. In my opinion The Gray Man series is just a little better, and there hasn't been a let down book yet. Anthem is back with Violator (The Gray Man) and its a bullet riddled thrill ride right from the start. The plot has plenty of twists, although to the astute reader complete surprises are rare. Hightower is also back to raise a little hell of his own and he gets a new call sign that he really doesn't like for some comic relief. The story is completely unique and inventive, unlike so many other books. It is, for the most part believable, although it is a book of fiction so some creative license is warranted and expected. I highly recommend this book. It is readable on its own or as the latest installment in the Gray Man series.

Putin is the Devil

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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: 06-12-19

In case anyone was wondering just how cruel and unjust Russia is today, this book will break it down for you. The story begins with Bill Browder's life and career, his unlikely rise to the top of the international investment community food chain and then gets into how Russia attempted to ruin him. At the heart of the story is a family man and lawyer in Russia who was tortured and killed just for being Browder's lawyer and not copping to crimes he never committed. It's both a heartbreaking story and a warning about Russia and similar governments. This is one of the important stories of our day because it is 100% real and the threat is every bit as real today as it was a few years ago.

Short and Sweet and to the point - GET OUT OF DEBT

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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: 03-08-19

I suppose I'm a Dave Ramsey fan of sorts, I like to listen to his radio show from time to time and I agree with almost everything he has to say on the subject of money. However biased I might be, I sincerely think this book is worth reading even if you don't need Dave's advise as much as some.

Dave outlines his plan for getting out of debt and winning with money in this book. The "Baby Steps" are covered and he explains why his plan is different than other plans. Many of Dave's ideas have been criticized heavily like the idea of paying down debts smallest to largest and ignoring interest rates. He explains why his plan is the way it is and while you can argue with the efficiency of his plan, you can't argue with the results his plan has achieved for countless people.

The one quirky thing about the book is comparing getting out of debt to getting into shape. I honestly felt like I had better get to the gym today after listening to this book, even though Dave only uses the analogy of getting into shape as a way to explain his get out of debt plan.

Overall this is an excellent book that will take its place alongside other timeless classics like The Richest Man in Babylon.

Preachy Hippy Woman talks about money and life

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

I bought this book because it was recommended by literally dozens of people in the FIRE movement and in the Minimalist movement. How could so many people be so wrong?

The book begins with a diatribe of progressive liberal talk about saving the planet and the evils of consumerism.
Like a furious storm the tirade eventually relents to a gentle Hippy rain as we get into the heart of the book and
it's ideas. At the core of the book is the idea that you trade your "life energy" for money and most of us have
devalued our "life energy" to the point that we are essentially making bad trades.

The cure for our malady is meticulous budgeting, recording expenses to the penny, charting income and expenses,
and a lot of self reflection about whether or not our consumption was worth the "life energy" spent earning the
money we spent.

Instead of making a point and moving on, the author likes hammering the point as if she was preaching a sermon.
If this isn't bad enough she invents words which will be used repeatedly throughout the book along with her quirky
saying "Earning a Dying".

If you're thinking maybe this book just rubbed me the wrong way, you're probably right. Is there some value here? Yes, but only if you are of a particular mindset. What is that particular mindset? You don't really care for money too much and are on a crusade to save the planet.

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Awkward very awkward

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-18

It's well written, but the sex is overwhelming and awkward. For example, I really don't want to know about a certain character's um, dry vagina. Yes, it is that bad at times and that isn't what I thought I was getting. So if you are to sort of person who wants to revel in just how awkward a woman or a man can feel around the turn of the last century then have at it. The story moves along at a glacial pace and you need a scorecard to keep track of all the characters. I am a huge of fan of Eye of the Needle and Pillars of the Earth, but this book missed the mark by a long way for me.

Good Material But

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-18

But its quite repetitive at times. There is no sugar coating it, this book gets boring at times. You just have to be in the right mood to listen to it.

Centuries have not dulled the value of this book. Its a timeless classic worth listening to.

My chief complaint is the narration which has such a low tonal quality that my poor audio system in my noisy car makes it extremely hard to comprehend the words a good deal of the time. Maybe I should have taken a seat at a coffee shop and tried listening to it there?

Listening Again

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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: 08-31-18

Hear the actual myths as told by a master storyteller. I love it, my kids loved it on a long road trip, the only person who didn't care for it was my wife because it wasn't Danielle Steele, oh well.

Loki isn't exactly who you think he is. Thor is mighty but not exactly a brain surgeon if you know what I mean. They aren't Greek Gods, although similarities do exist. I love these unique myths and can listen to them over and over again.

This isn't a boring lecture, it's storytelling at its best.

True insight into Viking Culture

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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: 05-09-18

I absolutely love listening to Professor Drout give his insights into Viking culture. It's clear he has more knowledge than ten of these audio books could contain. It would be impossible to explain whole saga's in a short lecture, but Drout gives perfect examples that help us gain real insight into such a fascinating culture.

There is history, but it's not a simple list of who conquered what and when, that would be rather pointless. We see how the Vikings changed over the years, from the first raiding parties to farmers in Iceland. Drout points out things like the fact that William the Conqueror was from a Viking settlement himself, so his conquest of England in 1066 didn't really end Viking rule.

The only bad thing about this lecture series is it wasn't long enough. I want more!

A Real Man's Book

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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: 05-09-18

Donovan doesn't sugar coat the truth when he discusses the undeniable truths about how men are. "Because who wants to be surrounded by morons and fuckups", hard to say I want that! This is just one of my favorite lines from the book. The book is an argument that proves the premise that men are a certain way.

If you are a man, this book will solidify what you probably already know about yourself. That's my take on the book, I more or less know these things about myself and other men. Pop psychology this book is not. Donovan explains how men were all the way back to hunter gatherer times and projects this insight into modern day. Times change, but men are fundamentally what they were in the past. We possess the same DNA that we possessed thousands of years ago.

In the way that "How to Win Friends and Influence People" was much more than a book on good manners, this book is also much more than the title suggests. So many things make so much more sense once you learn some of the basic truths that Donovan points out. Why does a group of men act a certain way? Donovan explains all.

The ultimate realization is how you can live a more satisfying life as a man because you understand the way of men. Find your band of brothers, your close friends and arrange your lives helping each other rather than people you don't know and who quite possibly oppose everything you stand for.




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