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  • The Education of a Value Investor

  • My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom and Enlightenment
  • By: Guy Spier
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107

What happens when a young Wall Street investment banker spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a real value investor. In this fascinating inside story, Guy Spier details his career from Harvard MBA to hedge fund manager. But the path was not so straightforward. Spier reveals his transformation from a Gordon Gekko wannabe, driven by greed, to a sophisticated investor who enjoys success without selling his soul to the highest bidder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Malk Williams does a superb job.

  • By Guy Spier on 11-30-14

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

If you're new to investing, this is a great book to begin with. There's a lot of motivating content and detailed personal stories. The sample audio clip introduced this book perfectly. I offer a four-star rating because I would've liked to have more technical insights, but recognize that wasn't the author's vision. At times the author's deeply ingrained self interest is... Evident... Excellent otherwise!

  • Content Rules

  • How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business (New Rules Social Media Series)
  • By: Ann Handley, C. C. Chapman
  • Narrated by: Ann Handley, C. C. Chapman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

To market your business, reach new customers, and create long-lasting loyalty, you need one indispensable element: CONTENT. Whether it’s bite-sized tweets that allow you to forge relationships on Twitter, blog posts that give your readers must-have advice, ebooks or white papers that engage (and don’t bore), videos that share the human side of your company, interactive webinars that deliver a valuable learning experience, or podcasts that can be downloaded and listened to on the fly (and more!) . . .

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Jishu on 01-21-13

Content rules but w/ audiobooks performance counts

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

What would have made Content Rules better?

I wanted to like this book, I really did, but there's a difference between catering to beginners and condescension. I won't deny that there's a fair amount of good content here, but much of it is tucked away inside of poorly executed attempts at conversational tone. Beyond that, the writing is terribly repetitive. Any writer worth their salt knows that once you've made your point, it's time to move onto the next one! Readers don't have the time or inclination to play things on a loop.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ann Handley and C. C. Chapman again?

No. I expect that authors attend carefully to providing their readers with not only excellent content but reasonably good delivery of that content as well. They failed here and I'm not going to gamble on another one of their books unless they hire someone (singular) to narrate it for them.

How could the performance have been better?

I've never listened to an audiobook that relied on alternating narrators and now I know why: it's terribly distracting. For something so content-oriented, switching back and forth between readers was tough. I listen when I'm driving, jogging, or organizing so having another dimension to my listening experience is seldom welcome.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Objectively looking at this book for its content, I would give it a 3.5-star rating. Factoring in their performance (delivery of content) I couldn't give a score higher than 2.5 overall.