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  • A Man for All Markets

  • From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market
  • By: Edward O. Thorp, Nassim Nicholas Taleb - foreword
  • Narrated by: Edward O. Thorp
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247

The incredible true story of the card-counting mathematics professor who taught the world how to beat the dealer and, as the first of the great quantitative investors, ushered in a revolution on Wall Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life of a genius

  • By Oleksiy Volovik on 05-08-17

A Genius

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

Definitely worth reading/listening. You will learn a great deal. Wish I could have learned more about his options and arbitrage strategies. Maybe next book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mossad

  • The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service
  • By: Michael Bar-Zohar, Nissim Mishal
  • Narrated by: Benjamin Isaac
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

In Mossad, authors MichaelBar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal take us behind the closed curtain with riveting, eye-opening, boots-on-the-ground accounts of the most dangerous, most crucial missions in the agency's 60-year history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a spy novel

  • By Jean on 02-13-17

Fascinating Info

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

If you're into this kind of stuff, this book is a must read. Highly recommend.

  • Creativity, Inc.

  • Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
  • By: Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,215

Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation - into the meetings, postmortems, and "Braintrust" sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture - but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, "an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen... If you speed up the player

  • By andrea gini on 10-06-15

Lessons on Creativity & Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 04-29-14

What did you love best about Creativity, Inc.?

An in-depth look at the history of Pixar, Steve Jobs, and it's acquisition by Disney. The author takes you through Pixar's humble beginnings, the impact Steve Jobs had on the firm when he bought it and took it public, the various ways that they created a culture of excellence and creativity. It's interesting to hear how they created Toy Story, Ratitue(sp), Finding Nemo, etc. If you love creativity and entertainment it will open your mind. The author takes you through the many steps involved in the creative process of writing a script. One thing that stood out to me was the finding that 1st graders are more creative than 5th graders. That is a telling finding. The book will help anyone as it teaches you about how to live a more creative life.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • By: Ben Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,874

Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For large company managers, not startups

  • By Thomas on 03-18-14

Falls Short

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

Reviewed: 04-29-14

What would have made The Hard Thing About Hard Things better?

Just wasn't that interesting. I think that it would have been much more beneficial if he focused on financing for start-ups and growing ventures. Going more into depth on VCs, the process, best practices, ways we can learn as potential entrepreneurs, etc.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Everything Store

  • Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
  • By: Brad Stone
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,544

Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the honesty!

  • By Paul on 01-29-14

Worth the Read

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

What did you love best about The Everything Store?

In-depth look at the psychological make-up and motivation of Bezos. Also great look at the founding and growth of Amazon.com. Takes you through so many of their successes and failures through acquisitions and innovations. Realistic view of the culture that Bezos has created and the type of person who excels at Amazon. At times, a little too technical for non-engineers like me, but still worth the read.

  • Why I Left Goldman Sachs

  • A Wall Street Story
  • By: Greg Smith
  • Narrated by: Greg Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 456

On March 14, 2012, more than three million people read Greg Smith's bombshell op-ed in the New York Times titled Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs. The column immediately went viral, became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, and drew passionate responses from former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Mostly, though, it hit a nerve among the general public who question the role of Wall Street in society - and the callous "take-the-money-and-run" mentality that brought the world economy to its knees a few short years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging Story; Raises Highly Important Issues

  • By Michael Moore on 11-10-12

Great Read to Learn About the Ins and Outs of WS

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Listed to it over two days. At first I thought that Greg Smith's accent was going to bug me, but I think he was the right person to read the book as his passion came through at different points. I found the story fascinating coming from a kid in South America, to getting a scholarship to attend Stanford (Which he would not have had enough money to attend), to an internship with Goldman Sachs, to a job with GS and his ups and downs throughout his career on WS (thoughout the financial crisis). For those of you into finance and investments this is a must read. He gives you a real world perspective on what goes on in these big banks and not always good. He also appeared on 60 minutes about the content in the book as well.

  • The Buy Side

  • A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess
  • By: Turney Duff
  • Narrated by: Turney Duff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011

A remarkable writing debut, filled with indelible moments, The Buy Side shows as no book ever has the rewards – and dizzying temptations – of making a living on the Street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, honest tale of life on the "Street"

  • By Courtney on 06-27-13

Worthwhile Read But Too Much Sex, Drugs, Etc.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes! If you like the markets, you can pick up some things. However, be aware that the majority of the book is about drug/alcohol addiction.

Would you recommend The Buy Side to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. See comments above.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Add more content on his career and how people can learn. More substance not substance abuse.

Do you think The Buy Side needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

  • Flash Boys

  • A Wall Street Revolt
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,900

Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely A Worthwhile Learning Experience

  • By T Spencer on 07-14-15

Lewis Hits Another Home Run

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

Reviewed: 04-02-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Flash Boys to be better than the print version?

Yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brad is Superman coming to the rescue of the little guy.

What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

Clear strong voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Towards the end when he was talking about how Goldman Sachs got on Board.

Any additional comments?

Awesome Book!

10 of 15 people found this review helpful