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  • King of Capital

  • The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone
  • By: John E. Morris, David Carey
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

The financial establishment---banks and investment bankers, such as Citigroup, Bear Stearns, Lehman, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley---were the cowboys, recklessly assuming risks, leveraging up to astronomical levels, and driving the economy to the brink of disaster.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story Ruined by Monotone Reading

  • By Marc on 04-23-13

Too much deal review

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Overall a good overview of private equity, specifically the history of Blackstone.

However, this book is a few hours too long due to unnecessary review of deals, buyout values, and other M&A commentary. It feels like it lacks anecdotes of what the people were doing. I get it's necessary to review some deals and buyout values in a book about private equity, but this seemed like overkill and made the book a little dull.

  • Narconomics

  • How to Run a Drug Cartel
  • By: Tom Wainwright
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,417

What drug lords learned from big business. How does a budding cartel boss succeed (and survive) in the $300 billion illegal drug business? By learning from the best, of course. From creating brand value to fine-tuning customer service, the folks running cartels have been attentive students of the strategy and tactics used by corporations such as Walmart, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, miscast narrator

  • By Felipe Alves on 12-15-16

Good book, annoying perf. for Spanish speakers

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

Content is great, sometimes a bit of a stretch connecting business and cartel worlds. Overall, a good book.

Spanish pronunciation is horrendous and distracting. It just takes away from the book.