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  • Makers and Takers

  • The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business
  • By: Rana Foroohar
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Eight years on from the biggest market meltdown since the Great Depression, the key lessons of the crisis of 2008 still remain unlearned - and our financial system is just as vulnerable as ever. Many of us know that our government failed to fix the banking system after the subprime mortgage crisis. But what few of us realize is how the misguided financial practices and philosophies that nearly toppled the global financial system have come to infiltrate all American businesses, putting us on a collision course with another cataclysmic meltdown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Jared on 06-14-16

Essential guide to economic politics

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

If you are wondering why the rich get richer, then this is the book for you. Decades of financial reporting are boiled down to pages that left me horrified.

  • All the Devils Are Here

  • By: Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, misguided regulators, sleazy subprime companies, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers? According to Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, two of America's most acclaimed business journalists, the real answer is all of the above-and more. Many devils helped bring hell to the economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By ecl on 11-19-10

Like a detective novel for economics

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

The authors present a story of how the financial collapse of 2008 came about, describing not just the political and market forces, but the organizations and the personalities that contributed to the bad decisions. It helps provide a very strong understanding of how a drive for increased income can make people ignore risks, especially if they can turn a blind eye and blame others for misrepresenting those risks.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,948
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,493

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

Fascinating conclusion to an excellent series

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

I'm not finished listening to this yet, but am already dreading no longer having this book to look forward to. Taylor weaves a fascinating world of supercomputer replicants out to keep the universe of humanity safe from all who would destroy it. He explores the strengths and limitations of automated fabrication systems in far more detail than Star Trek's hand waving of transporter technology used for matter generation.

Porter's narration is fluid, varied, and believable. He even makes it possible to differentiate between the "Bob clones" through inflection. It's the kind of performance that characterizes the novel so well that it would be difficult to imagine the story without him.

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  • The Spirit Level

  • Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger
  • By: Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Renowned researchers Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett offer groundbreaking analysis showing that greater economic equality-not greater wealth-is the mark of the most successful societies, and offer new ways to achieve it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Important Book

  • By Stephen Schoenberg on 12-19-11

Fascinating subject matter, difficult narration

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

This book is one of the most significant works in the field of social inequality, and I would strongly recommend it for anybody who asks themselves "what's wrong with our world today?" The information herein has been fundamental to my work in the field of social change.

It is a bit of a thick topic, and the contribution of a droning narrator makes it unnecessarily difficult to absorb. While Chafer's narration wasn't bad, I would call it inappropriate. I get an image of him as a tired British college professor trying to explain something complicated to those who he doesn't expect will understand the subject matter. Starting around chapter 14, it became a chore to continue listening.

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  • Capitalism and Freedom

  • By: Milton Friedman
  • Narrated by: Michael Edwards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

Milton Friedman argues that the appropriate role of competitive capitalism occurs when the majority of our economic activity flows through private enterprise within a free-market environment. This is unequivocally the most effective device for achieving economic freedom, as well as the necessary condition in which political freedom can be attained. Friedman's arguments are positively bold, enlightening, and impacting. Among the specific topics he addresses are "The Control of Money", "Fiscal Policy", "Capitalism and Discrimination", and "Social Welfare Measures".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be required reading

  • By J. Childs on 01-01-13

A weathered classic

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

This recording is a straightforward dictation of the classic book on economics.

Overall, I found it more an education in the philosophy of those I have heard quote Friedman than in economics itself. As is too often the case, those individuals have picked out the parts that they liked, and it was good to hear the full context.

As for Freidman's writings, I found them to be outdated and heavily biased towards extemporization without the support of data and study that I've come to expect from the information age.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,902

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Comedy-Tragedy of Gods Giants Dwarfs & Monsters

  • By Jefferson on 02-24-17

An enjoyable interpretation of Norse Mythology

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

I doubt I'll ever find the time to read the originals, but I found this version to be entertaining and informative. It was a bonus to hear it narrated by the author.

  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,776

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

Fascinating story, amazing narration

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

I've read some onteresting perspectives, but never have I seen through the eyes of a sentient dungeon. The method that the author uses to describe how something like a dungeon adventurer should exist is fascinatingly presemted, alongside this world's magical mechanics. Good fun.

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  • Blood Trinity

  • The Belador Code, Book 1
  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

Atlanta has become the battlefield between human and demon. All her life, Evalle Kincaid has walked the line between the two. Her origins unknown, she’s on a quest to learn more about her past... and her future. When a demon claims a young woman in a terrifying attack and there’s no one else to blame, Evalle comes under suspicion. Now she’s on a deadly quest for her own survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love

  • By Allison on 10-21-10

Highschool Philosophy

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

I wonder if I would have had so mich difficulty with the storyline if the narration weren't so poor. I realize that the main character is so sick of the world that it is amazing that she ever bothers to help anyone, but this attitude seems to bleed into a narration style that can't be bothered with the finer details of voice acting.
The style of narration is a cut above the narration that I expect from LibreVox, where all of the contributions are pro-bono. It isn't just that the intonation is poor, but she sometimes misplaces emphasis or adds pauses in ways that change meaning.
The plotline itself was also disappointing in that the author seems to feel that killing anyone who annoys you is a path to success, and the main character spends a lot of time reminding successful people that killing her isn't in their best interests. She also makes it a point to annoy anyone that seems helpful.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful