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J. M. Batista

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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 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831

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
  • Great story, poor narration and drags on

  • By laislandhopper on 11-14-18

A (somewhat boring) maze

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Can't say it gripped me. It's a plain story of one more guy who helped one more politician embezzle public money and helped himself in the process. Same old story. Oh, and he was buddies with DeCaprio and other self-righteous jetsetters. So what's new?

  • Otto Skorzeny

  • The Devil’s Disciple
  • By: Stuart Smith
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

SS-Obersturmbannführer Otto Skorzeny became a legend in his own time. "Hitler's favorite commando" acquired a reputation as a man of daring, renowned for his audacious 1943 mission to extricate Mussolini from a mountain-top prison. He could be brave and resourceful, but was also a notorious egoist and an unrepentant Nazi until the end of his life. Stuart Smith draws on years of in-depth research to uncover the truth about Skorzeny's career and complex personality. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By S.C. James on 11-26-18

Good balanced bio, reads well

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Skorzeny is a fascinating character, and this is a much-awaited biography that reads almost like a war novel. A recommended reading to all interested in WWW II and/or national-socialism.

  • The Great Train Robbery

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,701

In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL!

  • By stevenk1155 on 09-20-17

Excellent historical crime mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

What a most delightful way to learn about a not so distant era. Enjoyed every second of this superbly researched and masterfully told robbery.

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  • Odds On

  • The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor
  • By: Matt Hall
  • Narrated by: Matt Hall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Odds On: The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor isn't just another investment advice book. It's a memoir, a manifesto, and a guide to the way investing should be. Odds On describes author Matt Hall's role in an ongoing revolution in the investment world: the shift from a traditional sales-driven, active-management model to a model that draws on academic evidence to better serve the real interests of investors.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A personal memoir melted into a sales pitch

  • By J. M. Batista on 12-26-17

A personal memoir melted into a sales pitch

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

If you’re looking for investment advise you won’t find any here. This is a pitch for an investment advisory firm cleverly sown together with a personal memoir. To sum it up, Warren Buffett is lucky, the market is unpredictable, and you can only make money if you become a client.

  • Money

  • The Unauthorized Biography
  • By: Felix Martin
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

From ancient currency to Adam Smith, from the gold standard to shadow banking and the Great Recession: a sweeping historical epic that traces the development and evolution of one of humankind’s greatest inventions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoughtful journey with big flashes of insight

  • By Philo on 03-19-14

Difficult to imagine how it could be worse

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

This is but a piece of highly biased and opinionated leftist political propaganda trying to come across as "the truth". The last chapter alone is the most blatant piece of demagoguery I've come across in decades. To top it all, someone forgot to tell the idiotic narrator that this is not a spooky story to frighten small children.

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  • The Spider Network

  • The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History
  • By: David Enrich
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the world's largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor - the London interbank offered rate, which determines the interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide - was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated functionaries, and that they could reap huge profits by nudging it to suit their trading portfolios.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Expose on a Scam and its Naive Ringleader

  • By Andres Pedraza on 03-22-17

Ok but

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

It's a good and entertaining read but not a page-turner. A lot of trade specifics details missing.

  • The Art of Invisibility

  • The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
  • By: Kevin Mitnick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623

Like it or not, your every move is being watched and analyzed. Consumers' identities are being stolen, and a person's every step is being tracked and stored. What once might have been dismissed as paranoia is now a hard truth, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand. In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick illustrates what is happening without your knowledge - and he teaches you "the art of invisibility".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Limited value for the average person

  • By James C on 10-14-17

Well written and informative

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

Very good information about security issues and useful tools that can help anyone. Excellent performance even with the "Mister" Gox slip.

  • The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep

  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Theo Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Ever since a shred of shrapnel did a number on his brain's sleep center, Even Tanner has been awake 24/7. This gives him more time than your average underachiever. Time to learn the world's languages (he's fluent in Basque, but has trouble with Chinese). Time to embrace the world's lost causes and irredentist movements (The Flat Earth Society, the League for the Restoration of Cilician Armenia, the Society of the Left Hand). Time to write term papers theses for students with more money than knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story & Great Narrator

  • By Peterack on 09-08-17

Great new old book!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

A very original approach to a spy/adventure novel with a most interesting character. Hope they convert the whole series to audio.

  • The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

  • By: Robin Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Charles Deville Wells has two loves in life: Jeannette, his beautiful French mistress, and his sumptuous yacht, the Palais Royal. At the risk of losing both, Wells stakes everything he owns at the roulette tables in Monte Carlo's world-famous casino - and in the space of a few days he breaks the bank, not once but 10 times, winning the equivalent of millions in today's money. Is he phenomenally lucky? Has he really invented an 'infallible' gambling system, as he claims? Or is he just an exceptionally clever fraudster?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly entertaining

  • By J. M. Batista on 04-21-17

Superbly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

Wonderful well researched narrative that almost reads like a thriller and transports one back to a golden era.

  • The End of Dieting

  • How to Live for Life
  • By: Joel Fuhrman
  • Narrated by: Joel Fuhrman, Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

In The End of Dieting, Joel Fuhrman M.D., a board–certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods, and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Eat to Live, Super Immunity and The End of Diabetes, delivers a powerful paradigm-shifting book that shows us how and why we never need to diet again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read Eat to Live first

  • By Laura Z on 03-30-14

eat-raw-and-behave rehash

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

eat green, be 90℅ vegetarian, exercise, buy my stuff not theirs, all diseases will vanish

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