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  • How the Stock Market Works

  • By: Ramon P. DeGennaro, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Ramon P. DeGennaro
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,190

This course is an introduction to the stock market and stock investing for novices and experienced investors alike. Professor DeGennaro uses simple analogies to explain the origin of stocks and other securities, as well as their relative risks. He stresses the danger of trying to beat the market by trying to pick winners, predict price trends, or otherwise find opportunities that other investors have missed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for everyone outside of the industry

  • By M. Acker on 02-03-15

Hardly worth my time

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

I had thought this might be interesting, and that I'd brush up on my Wall Street knowledge ... Not so much. Disappointed on both counts.

This course was for novices, 90% was well beneath the level of what I already know, especially after the last few economics, personal finance, and banking lecture series I've listened to in the last year or so.

There were a few useful tidbits such as investment strategy advice, but not a lot outside of common sense given a basic understanding of the given investment. I almost felt like the prof was talking down to me, being a little patronizing with his "see, isn't this easy?" way of presenting.

All in all, not bad, but not for me. So redundant of content in other classes in this course series, and definitely nothing to grab my attention.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Heist

  • A Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,934
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,948

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Amanda on 09-17-13

Who knew a pirate attack could come in handy?

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Absolutely incredible. One of the best books I have read in a long time. It was like Leverage meets White Collar with some essence of James Bond. Magnificent team of Agent O'Hare and Fox, they pulled off some incredible displays under incredibly high stakes. Who knew being attacked by pirates could come in handy?

The whole ride was a thrill, both because of the con process and the more action packed guns and grenades moments. And it wasn't all fun with felonies and firearms, I thought it was very intelligent too. Masterfully plotted (both Fox's schemes and by the authors overall).

The narration was great. Brick's female voices wavered into his male's tones occasionally, but the tones of the speakers remained identifiable. I was amused that his voice for older men, especially Jake, sounded just like James Garner. Incidentally I could picture him at 60ish playing Jake in a movie adaptation perfectly.

I can't wait to read the rest of the available books in this series!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • With This Ring

  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 516

With 22 million of her books in print, and 12 consecutive New York Times best-sellers to her credit, Amanda Quick is a phenomenally popular author of historical romances. With This Ring, set in Regency England, sends a beautiful, headstrong woman on a perilous quest for the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite. To recover her family’s meager fortunes, Beatrice Poole must locate the antiquities stolen from her favorite uncle shortly before his highly suspicious death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ..... but not great!

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-18-12

Enthralling blend of mystery and romance

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

This was wonderful. I couldn't tell at first if this was going to be mainly a regency romance, or a slightly melodramatic mystery revolving around murder and mysterious artifacts. In fact it was the perfect blend if both, carried off marvelously by two very strong lead characters.

It seemed much more true to life than many other regency romances I've read lately, the characters are practical and forthright about the marriage market, and not overly melodramatic in they're emotion or affections (the advantage of them being older and both previously widowed, and especially contrasted with the young Arabella and Pearson), but also included just enough passion too.

It was quite an adventure, everything from poison and kidnapping, prostitutes and blackmail, secret passages and dark plots... It was quite a murky business, and I really hadn't figured out much of the puzzle until the climactic confrontation at the end, though funnily the one thing I had gotten right early on was the location of the rings.

Wonderfully narrated, enthralling story. Highly recommended.

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  • Classical Mythology

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424

These 24 lectures are a vibrant introduction to the primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology. Among those you'll investigate are the accounts of the creation of the world in Hesiod's Theogony and Ovid's Metamorphoses; the gods Zeus, Apollo, Demeter, Persephone, Hermes, Dionysos, and Aphrodite; the Greek heroes, Theseus and Heracles (Hercules in the Roman version); and the most famous of all classical myths, the Trojan War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the Facts behind the Myth

  • By Joshua on 11-05-13

Good overview, likable professor

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

This was a decent lecture series, though in truth I'm not sure how much I actually learned from it. Maybe a few cool facts, but by and large I was already familiar with 75% of the content. I know much more mythology than I thought. Thanks 6th and 10th grade history and a few lit teachers!

The majority of the content introduced the classic family of gods and their origins and profiles. Then there were some of the key stories, some coverage of the epic heroes, and noteworthy cultural context.

I think most of what was new to me came in the last few lectures, getting into the Roman era (I knew nothing of Ovid beyond the title of his works).

Really good overview, though it does not cover even everything I recalled. I liked the prof. I'd be interested in a sequel series that would go more in depth and fill in some of the gaps.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death on the Nile

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything ... until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting, nothing was ever quite what it seemed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, yes, yes!

  • By Craig on 01-25-13

Christie outdid herself with this one...

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

What a complex mystery... Christie outdid herself with this one... Not one murder, but three ultimately, and mixed up in it multiple romances, blackmail, theft, and other criminal doings.

After one or two false starts, and a few very confusing new facts in Poirot's focus, I simply gave up trying to sort it all out and just waited and listened as he pulled apart each layer to expose the core of the murder plot. And incredible it was. Quite a tragedy of a journey up the Nile.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dumb Witness

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

Miss Emily was old, rich, and afraid - and now, she's dead. Her terrified plea to Hercule Poirot came a little too late. All that's left is a house full of greedy heirs, and a very strange letter that could solve the mystery - or add to it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bob the dog

  • By Timothy Vartanian on 12-27-15

Delightful 'conversations' btwn Hastings and Bob

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Another good whodunit. Quite the lot of characters, the greedy family, ridiculous neighbors, the silly hen of a companion... I followed the psychology, as Poirot so teaches, and had picked the likeliest personality for the murder, but had not quite worked out all of the deceptions and facts just right. What an awful family. I just adored Bob though, I think my favorite part of the book was his little woofs and "conversations" with Hastings. Masterful work by Poirot.

Great narration as always, but unusually there were the dialect mix-ups in the dialogue. Small though, and not overly confusing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Life, the Universe, and Everything

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 3
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,946

The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads, so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's my favorite of the series

  • By J. Morgan on 02-03-07

Weirdly wonderful

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Weirdly wonderful. An unfathomable series of ridiculous and improbable adventures. Just loved it. I was quite curious how Adams was going to pick up the story again after leaving folks scattered around in both space and time, but come back together they did. And fantastically saved the universe. I particularly enjoyed the passages on flying. Looking forward to another installment of zany fun.

Martin Freeman's narration was fantastic, so many unique and incredible voices!

  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,199

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

Moved me much in the same way as the movie does

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

I just loved this book. It moved me much in the same way as the movie does, some laughter, some tender-hearted moments, some suspense and adventure... lots of awe and appreciation.

The behind the scenes looks and hearing about all of Elwes' experiences making the film have made it that much more of a favorite, if that's even possible. He writes like he's telling the story to a friend, and gets comments chimed in from other cast and crew along the way.

I have to say, I was aware that he and Patinkin had done the fencing scenes themselves, but hearing about just how much work they put in to training and making the best dueling scene possible was tremendous. An incredible amount of dedication by both the actors and their trainers, and well worth it! It has always been one of my favorite movie scenes.

There were many touching moments and memories of André, and reminiscences from everyone are unanimous about the bighearted gentle giant.

A wonderful story. I enjoyed it immensely, and even got to pair it with the hardcover version to enjoy the photos. I can't wait to hear him speak about it in person at the upcoming "Inconceivable Evening" event!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Lot Like Love

  • FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 2
  • By: Julie James
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741

Jordan Rhodes is invited to all of Chicago's best parties, but there's only one the FBI wants to crash. To get her brother out of jail, she agrees to take Agent McCall as her date. But when the mission gets botched, requiring their "relationship" to continue, it starts to feel less like an investigation-and a lot like something else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series!

  • By AudioAddict on 12-26-13

Fast-paced enjoyable crime-investigating-romance

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

I tore through this one at an incredible pace, especially considering that whole work day thing and a few hours of dance classes which happened to interrupt my reading...

I loved the leading couple. They each had strong character, and I caught myself laughing aloud in public at their quips and sarcasm. I was a bit on edge the whole time, just waiting for something to go wrong with the investigation, waiting for a shoe to drop... and even felt as if I had predicted how it would... so when it seemed it did I was waiting for the other - and having read some more intense crime books than this I was seriously worried about any potential climactic showdown with bad guys. Without giving spoilers, I was spared the intensity, and the level of the suspense and danger in the climactic scene matched pretty well with the tone of the book (and not as perilous as what Jack and Cameron faced previously, or so it seemed to me).

Anyway, it was fun, to watch them go from antagonistic to fake dating, to a whirlwind romantic weekend. My only issue was that I didn't particularly like the dialogue when they, er, became intimate. I lack appreciation for dirty talk in real life too, but I have not always minded it in fiction... just something about the style here rubbed me the wrong way. *shrugs*

Supporting characters were great too, loved the family members and friends.
Narration was good, fit the tone of the story well, and usually captured their emotions perfectly. The male voices were a bit unsatisfying and indistinguishable. Also had a bit of trouble telling when thoughts were internal or spoken aloud when interspersed with the dialogue, but it was usually denoted afterwards when it was only said in her head.

Very witty and sexy. Fast-paced enjoyable crime-investigating-romance.

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  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

  • By: Jonathan Swift
  • Narrated by: David Hyde Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,687

A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved every minute

  • By Rose on 01-16-11

Travel memoir, more a derisive social commentary

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

I took longer to read this than planned, I found some sections rather dry. Overall it was fine, just a memoir account of the hazard-ridden journeys to some unknown lands.

It had the element of the fantastic (and sometimes very creative) in the descriptions of the inhabitants and cultures he encounters, but almost more notable to me was his descriptions of Western European culture to them. It was as much a social commentary and criticism of 'civilization' as it was a story of exotic new places. I was less impressed by his initial accounts of Liliput as the theme was familiar to me from pop culture references, as was some of his life among the giants of Brogdingnag. Laputa was quite new, and the floating island brought to mind the zeppelin affinity of the steampunk style. His final adventures were the most transformative for himself, and the most critical of humankind, but I didn't care much for it. At that point his themes and low opinions seemed predictable. I did pity him though, when he was 'rescued' against his will by the Portuguese captain. Quite unreasonable of them to simply force a man to leave with them. I don't suppose anyone would have considered that a shipwrecked, mutinied against and long-from-home traveler might not WANT to be rescued, but good heavens when he protested no one even bothered to ask him why or what he was about. Oy.

Like I said, some good bits of adventure, but more than anything a commentary of the state of Western Europe a few centuries ago (though little has fundamentally changed in the intervening time).

Wonderful performance by Pierce. I can't imagine at the moment what some of those foreign words must have resembled on the page, but he articulated even the most outlandish syllables Swift crated as if they were common vernacular. I couldn't help but picture Dr. Niles Crane sitting in a smoking jacket in some posh library in a leather chair reading aloud. ;P

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