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  • The Sale of a Lifetime

  • How the Great Bubble Burst of 2017-2019 Can Make You Rich
  • By: Harry S. Dent Jr.
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 363

We're now entering the winter season of the 80-year four season economic cycle. It's during this season that we'll clear the decks with a devastating crash and debilitating deflation. The economy and markets will shed the excesses created during the preceding fall bubble boom season and prepare the soil for new blossoming in innovation and a spring boom. After the blustering bull market of 2009-2015, we are now preparing for a shakeout more painful than anything we've seen before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Dent Loves Him Some Harry Dent

  • By mike on 04-20-17

A wonderful books salesman

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

As wonderful as the idea of making millions in the next economic recession may sound, Harry Dent isn't going to be the one to tip you off about its arrival.

I'm a student of both risk management and economics. As I listened further into the book I became increasing skeptical. While sound on the surface, most of his idea don't adhere to economic common sense. If his guy is such an amazing predictor, why isn't he making a million dollars a day on Wall Street? Why is he giving away the location of the gold mine?

After some research I dismissed this author entirely. Did he predict the 2008 crash? Sure. The problem is he predict a stock market crash every other year. He once ran a hedge fund using his "superb insights" which failed after a decent first year.

This man is out to sell books, fortunately Audible allows the return of unsatisfactory titles so I'm getting my one credit refunded

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Death of the Banker

  • The Decline and Fall of the Great Financial Dynasties and the Triumph of the Small Investor
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 505

Ron Chernow examines the forces that made dynasties like the Morgans, the Warburgs, and the Rothschilds the financial arbiters of the early twentieth century and then rendered them virtually obsolete by the century's end. As he traces the shifting balance of power among investors, borrowers, and bankers, Chernow evokes both the grand theater of capital and the personal dramas of its most fascinating protagonists.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Severely outdated

  • By Lindsey M Hall on 11-15-17

Good short read

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Not as dense as the normal Ron Chernow works I'm accustomed to but displays more of the historian's humor; short and sweet remembrance of the evolution of the world of high finance and it's key players

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Airbnb Story

  • How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions…and Created Plenty of Controversy
  • By: Leigh Gallagher
  • Narrated by: Christine Marshall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 298

This is the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online lodging platform that has become, in under a decade, the largest provider of accommodations in the world. At first just the wacky idea of cofounders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb has disrupted the $500 billion hotel industry, and its $30 billion valuation is now larger than that of Hilton and close to that of Marriott.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Day Example of "The Innovators Dilemma"

  • By Boyd Tschaggeny on 06-17-17

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

The story isn't as in depth as the 20-30 hour biographies I normally read, but it is the most comprehensive story about Airbnb available.

Performance was a little too theatrical for a documentary book but that's just personal preference. Doesn't negatively affect the experience anyways.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When Genius Failed

  • The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management
  • By: Roger Lowenstein
  • Narrated by: Roger Lowenstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

When Genius Failed is the cautionary financial tale of our time, the gripping saga of what happened when an elite group of investors believed they could actually deconstruct risk and use virtually limitless leverage to create limitless wealth. In Roger Lowenstein's hands, it is a brilliant tale peppered with fast money, vivid characters, and high drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and interesting, full of suspense

  • By Pankaj on 03-01-04

Uncommon sense

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

In an era where the foolishness of the efficient market hypothesis pervades and is being taught to future generations in almost all otherwise respectable business schools, the saga of LTCM remains and powerful warning to those few people clear headed enough to realize that human irrationality will never be successfully modeled nor eliminated.

Of course most of Wall Street and most of the average person willfully forgets past unpleasantness for the illusion of future wealth, but hopefully this well written account of the history of LTCM will allow perhaps just a handful of people to remember to remain rational even when geniuses tout nonsense.

If you can keep your head while others about you are losing theirs, you have an edge over even the brightest minds.

Performance sounded a little boring but fine once you get used to it.

  • SuperFreakonomics

  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,056

SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Your Time

  • By Rich on 01-04-10

Improvement

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

I'm a little puzzled why so many reviews thinks this book doesn't compare to the original. I think is sequel had looked at more interesting topics and had better humor as icing atop the cake.

Maybe sequels are just more likely to disappoint despite its actual worth, perhaps Steven Levitt should look into that?

  • Freakonomics

  • Revised Edition
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,145

Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but be careful

  • By Shackleton on 07-03-08

Unpleasant truths told in entertaining manner

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

Good refresher and insight into human society and interaction that allows one to gain a more rational outlook towards their environment and world issues

  • Titan

  • The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 35 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,879

Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He makes Bill Gates look like a Pauper!

  • By Rick on 11-04-13

A Story of Awe Inspiring Scale

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

In this book you will find no biased liable or sugar coated flattery. It is a pure account of the life of a man whom was titanic in ever part of his life, whose wrongs and rights challenges the most unwavering preconceptions of morality and ethics. It is difficult to imagine a world where John D Rockefeller was never born, and fortunately we never have to. The best account of the almost one century existence of this giant, most frank, rich, and worth reading.

  • Pride and Prejudice [Audible Studios]

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,848

Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice

  • By Dr. Roberta on 05-28-09

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

I thought it was a very typical love story of different birth, but still so well written and performed that it deserves no less than all the praise I can offer. Heck I just wrote in the same style as the book.