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  • American Icon

  • Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company
  • By: Bryce G. Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351

At the end of 2008, Ford Motor Company was just months away from running out of cash. With the auto industry careening toward ruin, Congress offered all three Detroit automakers a bailout. General Motors and Chrysler grabbed the taxpayer lifeline, but Ford decided to save itself. Under the leadership of charismatic CEO Alan Mulally, Ford had already put together a bold plan to unify its divided global operations, transform its lackluster product lineup, and overcome a dys­functional culture of infighting, backstabbing, and excuses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best business book I ever read

  • By Michael on 10-07-12

A bit too much Mulally worship but otherwise a great read

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

While Bill Ford and Alan Mulally deserve a lot of credit for their leadership, the book goes overboard in worshiping Alan Mulally which unfortunately undermines the authors credibility. I understand as an author you can’t bite the had that feeds you or else you can’t get access to tell a compelling story but this reads like Mulally’s mom wrote it. Otherwise a great read

  • Crash Course

  • The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster
  • By: Paul Ingrassia
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

In Crash Course, Ingrassia answers the big questions: Was Detroit's self-destruction inevitable? What were the key turning points? Why did Japanese automakers manage American workers better than the American companies themselves? Ingrassia also describes dysfunctional corporate cultures (even as GM's market share plunged, the company continued business as usual) and Detroit's perverse system of "inverse layoffs" (which allowed union members to invoke seniority to avoid work).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Contemporary History at Its Best

  • By Roy on 04-19-10

Excellent balanced history of the Big 3 undoing

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Could only have been written by someone who followed the Big 3 over a long period and could recognize fact from fiction. I worked for one of the Big 3 for few years in the 80s and invested in parts suppliers in the 90s so I know many of the principles in the book and the author really nailed it. Highly recommend

  • Unholy Alliance

  • The Agenda Iran, Russia, and Jihadists Share for Conquering the World
  • By: Jay Sekulow
  • Narrated by: Jay Sekulow
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

In Unholy Alliance, Jay Sekulow and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) tackle radical Islam head on. They expose the attempts by fundamentalist Muslims - both in the US and abroad - to destroy our legal system in favor of a system that would destroy our essential liberties. They bring attention to terrorism in today's world and reflect on the recent Paris and San Bernadino attacks as well as Russia, Syria, Iran, and continuous threats to our nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great and very informative. I will recommend it

  • By KC Sr on 10-25-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Another example of why authors should not read their books. Poorly read

The content is unfortunately not much better. More an oped piece than an examination of the subject

Unfortunately keep reading expecting it would get better and so can’t return it

  • Ghost in the Wires

  • My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
  • By: Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,396

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen for tech fans

  • By Mikeyxote on 06-01-12

nothing special here

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

Reviewed: 04-27-13

What did you like best about Ghost in the Wires? What did you like least?

Ok story but nothing really special about the book ... Mitnick is somewhat delusional and has a bit of a persecution complex so it is hard to get behind the Mitnick as a victim theme.... It is also difficult to believe that someone supposedly as smart and clever as he portrays himself could make as many boneheaded mistakes as he did

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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,940

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true Time-machine

  • By Ramon on 12-27-10

6 stars

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-10

by far the best audiobook i have listen to. i had seen various film versions of the story but have always been intimidated by length of the book or the 50 hour listen ..... the book is very different than the movie versions so seeing the movie will not ruin it for you ..... john lee really brings the book alive and the 50 hours flew by

  • 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 1,481
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

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

please ban authors from reading their own books

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-10

if you ever want to hear what a book read by jim rome (the sports head) would sound like here is your chance. it is so painful to listen to i had to give up which is a shame because the book is pretty well written. it is a great story especially given what has happened to the global financial markets over the last several years. shame more of the market regulators and banks didn't learn anything from the experience

  • The Greatest Trade Ever

  • How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History
  • By: Gregory Zuckerman
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

In 2006, hedge fund manager John Paulson realized something few others suspected--that the housing market and the value of subprime mortgages were grossly inflated and headed for a major fall. Paulson's background was in mergers and acquisitions, however, and he knew little about real estate or how to wager against housing. He had spent a career as an also-ran on Wall Street. But Paulson was convinced this was his chance to make his mark. He just wasn't sure how to do it....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better Books Now Available

  • By David on 05-02-11

delamic

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-10

if you have read the big short by lewis don't bother reading this book as there is nothing new. if you have a choice between the two books go with michael lewis. he is a better writer and the narration is also better.

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  • Too Big to Fail

  • The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System - and Themselves
  • By: Andrew Ross Sorkin
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228

A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America's financial history by an acclaimed New York Times reporter. Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Revealing

  • By Laura on 01-11-10

big story that doesn't fail to entertain

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-10

an incredible story, hard to believe it is nonfiction ...... i a know a number of the principals and their behavior as described by the author seems believable although i few people come off looking better than they should have (probably the people who gave the author the most access)...... the narrator mispronounces several terms and a couple of law firm names which is really distracting and embarrassing otherwise great listen

  • Lone Survivor

  • The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
  • By: Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230

In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Michael on 09-02-08

from sea to shinning c

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-10

i little overly patriotic (as expected) but amazing story extremely well told ... hard to believe certain parts

  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,585

Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Analysis

  • By Michael on 11-21-13

classic lewis

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-10

great listen ..... except that the narrator does not know how to pronounce a few terms and firm names which is distracting otherwise another classic lewis

2 of 3 people found this review helpful