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  • Pound Foolish

  • Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry
  • By: Helaine Olen
  • Narrated by: Lyn Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

For the past few decades, Americans have spent billions of dollars on personal finance products. As salaries have stagnated and companies have cut back on benefits, we've taken matters into our own hands, embracing the can-do attitude that if we're smart enough, we can overcome even daunting financial obstacles. But that's not true. In this meticulously reported and shocking audiobook, journalist and former financial columnist Helaine Olen goes behind the curtain of the personal finance industry to expose the myths, contradictions, and outright lies it has perpetuated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The dark side of my industry

  • By jfoxcpacfp on 06-15-13

One of the best books on personal finance

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

Reviewed: 12-15-13

For every 10 crappy Audible books, you get one like this: concise, informative, and well narrated. We all like to believe that we are in control, that when things go well financially it's because of our great insight and skill, and tha when things go bad for others, it's because of their greed and stupidity. This book clearly lays out the other forces at work: brokers, salesmen, Wall Street and other conmen successfully getting their hands into our pockets while having you take the blame when things inevitably go bad -- just whent they run away with your cash. The conclusion of the book is how the only remedy for our economic woes is to break with the current wage stagnation, and true political change.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Great by Choice

  • By: Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
  • Narrated by: Jim Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024

The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real Insight!!

  • By Kurt on 11-03-11

If you like motivational speakers yelling at you

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

Reviewed: 11-21-11

What a horrible book. Why couldn't these guys hire a narrator? It's like listening to a motivational speaker yelling at your ear. Pauses for like two seconds every other word for the whole effect of driving you nuts. The thesis of the book is interesting, as long as you can tolerate the narration.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Letters to a Young Contrarian

  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

In the book that he was born to write, provocateur and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men, and dissidents. Who better to speak to that person who finds him or herself in a contrarian position than Hitchens, who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something I'll listen to again

  • By Mark on 05-03-11

The best of Christopher Hitchens.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-10

In the same line as his God Is Not Great, but shorter, funnier, to the point. Some very fresh insight from Hitchens. I also listened to Hitch-22 and this is much more enjoyable. A better listen.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks...

  • . . . And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy
  • By: Adam Carolla
  • Narrated by: Adam Carolla
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456

It's a sad and eerie harbinger of our times that the Oprah-watching, crystal-rubbing, Whole Foods-shopping moms and their whipped attorney husbands have taken the ability to reason away from the poor schlub who makes the Bloody Marys. What we used to settle with common sense or a fist, we now settle with hand sanitizer and lawyers. Adam Carolla has had enough of this insanity and he's here to help us get our collective balls back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious Book

  • By Brett on 12-03-10

Save your money: racist, ignorant, loud babble

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-10

Starts very slow. An autobiography that goes on forever. I wouldn't mind if he were saying some jokes as he went along, but it's all the same rags-to-riches story we've heard a million times. Adam has as nice tone and it sounds like a friend is telling his story after too many beers, so you plow through it. You get a hint of his homophobia and racism. Not funny. But tolerable.

The middle of the audiobook picks up some speed. Adam gets to some funny stuff, not very original, but still funny. Airport security. Urinals and bathroom protocols. How doctors and auto repair shops overcharge you etc. You know, the same topics comics beat over and over these days. Some of it funny.

Then downhill. A freakin' list of movies he likes and dislikes that goes on forever. Nothing to do with the title or theme of the book. Just his list. Did I just pay fifteen bucks to listen to this?

And then his loud, long rant about his favorite music and who he likes from the '80s. You start feeling the ripoff. You beg for him to say something funny, show a new angle, something fresh that will make you smile. Instead he starts yelling and you have to turn the volume down to adjust. All about his taste.

It gets worse. Racist rants against Mexicans. In the same line as people who say "I'm not racist, I just don't like black people". Adam has nothing against Mexicans, it's just their culture, their being, their opportunism that he doesn't like. Jails are full of non-whites, and there's a reason for it. A family is a man and a woman, not gays. Women belong in the house. White men have made all good inventions in this world. On and on.

They advertise this as if he's some new George Carlin. By the end you realize it's just Jeff Foxworthy leftovers.

He complains that people call him a KKK Grand Wizard when he tells these 'plain truths'. Well, just go to any white supremacist website. You'll find the same jokes for free.

Save yourself $15 and go buy beer. At least you'll feel good about it.

27 of 95 people found this review helpful