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CHET YARBROUGH

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States
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  • Capitalism Without Capital

  • The Rise of the Intangible Economy
  • By: Jonathan Haskel, Stian Westlake
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

Early in the 21st century, a quiet revolution occurred. For the first time, the major developed economies began to invest more in intangible assets, like design, branding, R&D, or software, than in tangible assets, like machinery, buildings, and computers. For all sorts of businesses, from tech firms and pharma companies to coffee shops and gyms, the ability to deploy assets that one can neither see nor touch is increasingly the main source of long-term success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • INVESTMENT VALUE

  • By CHET YARBROUGH on 12-17-18

INVESTMENT VALUE

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-18

In addressing 21st century technology, Haskel and Westlake argue that the tradition of hard asset value is diminished. In today’s technological economy, the authors suggest investment in intangibles is as important as investment in buildings and machinery.

Haskel and Westlake acknowledge intangibles have always been an important part of economic growth. They note worker training programs, specialized employee’ experience, and patented designs have always had value; but auditors rarely (if at all) quantified those intangibles as anything other than expense. Little of a company’s investment in training, employee experience, and patents is assigned as an asset by analysts who use pre-twenty-first century accounting rules.

Most intangibles have historically been classified as uncapitalized expenses. In part, because quantification of intangibles is difficult to measure. Before the tech-revolution, investments in training, patents, and experience were looked at as costs of doing business. They were most often expensed (with some exception for patents).

Historically, intangible value has always been with us but recognized as an expense. Haskel and Westlake suggest intangibles need to be partially and judiciously accounted for as assets. When recognized as assets, intangible values open the door to wider private and public finance.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Frederick Douglass

  • Prophet of Freedom
  • By: David W. Blight
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 36 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

As a young man, Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. He wrote three versions of his autobiography over the course of his lifetime and published his own newspaper. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence, he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Biography

  • By Adam Shields on 10-22-18

WHAT YOU DO NOT KNOW

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

David Blight offers a nuanced biography of Fredrick Douglass, a great 19th century American leader. Blight shows Douglass to rival the intelligence and charisma of the best known 20th and 21st century black Americans. Like Malcolm Little (aka Malcolm X), Martin Luther King, and Barrack Obama, Douglass faces down poverty and demonstrates the equality of all human beings. Malcolm Little, King, and Obama never face the lash of slavery, but Blight shows how Douglass pushes aside physical and cultural cruelty to demand freedom and equality of all.

Though shown to begin in peace, Blight shows how Douglass grows to understand peace will not only come from words alone but must come from action. Douglass came to revere the anti-slavery violence of John Brown. John Brown is neither lionized or vindicated by Blight but is shown as a turning point; a turning from moral suasion to action by people of color against slavery. Courageously, Douglass attacks the institution of slavery before, during, and after the American Civil War. Douglass becomes the conscience of white and black America.

Blight shows Douglass, like all human beings, is imperfect. He has blind spots when speaking of freedom and equality. Douglass discounts American decimation of native Americans and denial of womens rights by arguing neither compares to slavery, subjugation, and murder of blacks.

The laws of human nature require equal treatment of all. That is the essence of what Blight is writing about in the life of Frederick Douglass.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Divine Comedy

  • Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso
  • By: Dante Alighieri, Stephen Wyatt
  • Narrated by: Blake Ritson, John Hurt, David Warner, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

Blake Ritson, David Warner, Hattie Morahan and John Hurt star in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Dante's epic poem. Inferno: Thirty-five year old Dante finds himself in the middle of a dark wood, in extreme personal and spiritual crisis. Hope of rescue appears in the form of the venerable poet Virgil, now a shade himself, who offers to lead Dante on an odyssey through the afterlife, beginning in the terrifying depths of Hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revisiting the land of the dead

  • By Zaubermond on 10-21-16

MASTERFUL TRANSLATION

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Superb cast. Translation is always a concern but the essence of this classic seems well captured to this ignorant English only listener.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Macbeth

  • William Shakespeare's Macbeth Retold: A Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy, industrial town, Jo Nesbo's Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom - a master of manipulation named Hecate - has connections with the highest in power and plans to use them to get his way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, listen to the sample first

  • By stuartjash on 04-12-18

IMPLAUSIBLE

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Author fails to suspend imagination well enough to make his story worthy of Shakespearean allusions .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Overstory

  • By: Richard Powers
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. An air force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits 100 years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • eye opening

  • By Michael Stansberry on 05-23-18

BLINK OF THE EYE

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Humanity’s years of life are but a blink of an eye. Richard Powers, like Cervantes’ Don Quixote, tilts at a windmill that neither generates power, grinds corn, or pumps water.

You love Powers way with words but come away from “The Overstory” feeling like Quixote’s relatives–mourning his loss of sanity but rejoicing in his belief of love and life.

In travels around the world, one witnesses China’s ecological crises when everyone, including indigenous Chinese, drink bottled water. Our guide in India notes his country is teetering on the brink of ecological catastrophe. And, our American President denies global warming by calling it a hoax. It seems unlikely the world will wake up before it is too late.

Trees may have a language, but technology is unlikely to provide any translation that humanity will accept. One hopes Powers’ imaginative story is a Cervantes’ tale; not a prophecy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Colson Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,010

The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous book, hard to follow in audio

  • By JQR on 12-01-16

AMERICA

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

It seems unreal to believe America treated human beings as property in the ninetieth century. Colson Whitehead’s story of “The Underground Railroad” shows how ingrained and ugly discrimination is, and how modern belief in ethnic or moral superiority continues to infect America. The story of Cora shows how social injustice spreads and how it can only be cured by truth and belief in human equality.

Where is America now? Have 242 years of history changed America’s penchant for overt and covert violence against those who appear different? South Carolina’s Charlottesville’ KKK rally suggests not.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Letting Go

  • The Pathway of Surrender
  • By: David R. Hawkins MD. PHD.
  • Narrated by: Peter Lownds PhD
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,579

Letting Go describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author's clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all of its many forms. The inner mechanism of surrender was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it, practice it... and change your life

  • By ScottishLass on 07-22-15

COSMIC MIND

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-18

David R. Hawkins died in 2012. He was 85 years old. Hawkins lived life. like all human beings, in transition. At turns, Hawkins transitioned from agnosticism to atheism to belief in God. This progression seems correlated with education and experience but ends in philosophical belief. In each transition, Hawkins uses his intellect to form a philosophy that has appeal to many in search of life’s meaning. At times, Hawkins seems beyond reason but each step he takes offers insight to how one may live a more fulfilling life. Hawkins might be broadly characterized as a mystic. Even so, he was a formally educated, practicing physician, and psychiatrist.

To escape the trap of Plato’s cave, Hawkins explains one must use their senses to accept the mind’s perception of reality and continually let it go until its negative power disappears. An example would be one who gets angry over some event or action and accepts the anger; looks at it, accepts it, uses the mind to understand why there is anger, where it is coming from, and then letting it go. In the process, one finds anger has no meaning other than what one’s mind gave it.

With continual use of this process, Hawkins believes individual minds tap into a cosmic mind that shows the world as it really is; not simply as shadows on a cave wall. There is wisdom in Hawkins’ perception of life and how one can more constructively deal with its vicissitudes. “Letting Go” is wise counsel for those troubled by emotional and/or physical trauma. However, the principle of a cosmic mind takes a leap of faith.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Absolute Darling

  • A Novel
  • By: Gabriel Tallent
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,189

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At 14, she roams the woods along the Northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous. Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weird and completely underwhelming

  • By Chris on 10-10-17

INCEST

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

“My Absolute Darling” is a debut novel for Gabriel Tallent.  Tallent’s first book is a subject that shocks the senses.  It reminds one of Nabokov’s “Lolita” in its insight to child abuse.  However, it adds the reprehensible dimension of incest.  Though Tallent is less lyrical than Nabokov, the disgust a listener feels as he processes the story is equivalent.

Both Tallent and Nabokov identify men of subsumed intelligence that rationalize sexual perversion.  Martin is father to a young girl who lost his wife.  The girl is named Julia but is generally called Turtle.  Turtle hides in a protective shell manufactured by her father.  The shell protects but also isolates her from the world.  Her view is her father’s view.  Her seduction is based on familial trust that is brutally and disgustingly enlisted by her father.

Tallent’s ending is at once compelling and disappointing.  It compels with its drama but disappoints in its resolution.  The disappointment is in the real-world complexity of stopping parental abuse. 

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Exit West

  • A Novel
  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,949
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,938

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet - sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors - doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Live?

  • By David on 04-04-17

EMIGRATION

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Hamid poignantly explains how difficult it is for an emigre to leave their home-country for fear of violence and hunger; only to face the same in a country they do not know.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Emperor of All Maladies

  • A Biography of Cancer
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,110

The Emperor of All Maladies reveals the many faces of an iconic, shape-shifting disease that is the defining plague of our generation. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance but also of hubris, arrogance, paternalism, and misperception, all leveraged against a disease that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out "war against cancer".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By S.R.E. on 03-02-16

TO A HAMMER EVERYTHING IS A NAIL

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Siddhartha Mukherjee examines the history of cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death. At first glance, one thinks--so what? We are living longer, and everyone dies of something. However, Mukherjee notes a recent study shows cancer deaths are rising, even when age is removed from the equation. In the process, he exposes the arrogance of medical specialization.

Mukherjee shows early attempts to cure cancer were led by surgeons who removed cancerous growth. “The Emperor of All Maladies” reminds one of the saying—"To a hammer, everything is a nail”. Cancer is a slippery killer. The hammer, in the early days of treatment, is a scalpel wielded by surgeons who cut deeper and deeper into the body until the patient is either permanently disabled or dead. The surgeon believes he has removed the cancer only to find it returns in weeks or months later.

Mukherjee addresses the need for funding to expand cancer research. He is not Pollyannaish about the need. He acknowledges cancer research is not going to be like America’s race to the moon in the 1960s. There is no definitive goal. The goal is not fixed like a mission to Mars. Cancer’s etiology evolves. It is unlikely for there to be a single-bullet solution that will cure cancer. The cure begins with physician attention and empathy for the patient; not for physician self-congratulation. Cancer is an eternal war. It changes with the environment and life’s evolutionary laws.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful