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  • October 23, 2017

  • By: The Wall Street Journal
  • Narrated by: Alexander Quincy
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each weekday morning, hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bad performance

  • By Donald on 10-23-17

Bad performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-17

The series was done by a new narrator today. The recording appears to have went through a program to remove spaces between words. I checked my device to see if it was set for either 2x or 1/2x. It was on 1x. Some TV commercials use the same technique. But I am not aware of a TV program that does it.

  • The Art of Investing: Lessons from History's Greatest Traders

  • By: John M. Longo, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John M. Longo
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828

The Art of Investing: Lessons from History's Greatest Traders profiles over 30 men and women at the pinnacle of the investing field, including Warren Buffett, Ray Dalio, John Bogle, Peter Lynch, George Soros, T. Rowe Price, Jr., Linda Bradford Raschke, David Dreman, Michael Burry, and others involved in such ventures as value stocks, growth stocks, mutual funds, index funds, hedge funds, commodity futures, private equity, sovereign wealth, distressed assets, and more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should be titled:. Bios of hedge fund managers

  • By Najel on 08-25-17

That was a good one now which book is next

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Any additional comments?

The author has done a wonderful job describing successful investors and traders.

If you want to be a trader then I recommend “Reminiscences of a Stock Operator”, a hard copy book on chart reading, a hard copy book on Japanese candlesticks, “One Good Trade”, and “Prop Traders Chronicles.” For those that do not want to compete on an international level, then look for something local like Edward and Jones.

If you want to be a passive investor then the current fad is investing 60% in the SP500 index and 40% in bonds. The advice is decades old and explained in chapters 2 and 6.

If you want to know more about some of the potential personal pitfalls in trading or investing then Great Courses offers “When Psychology and Economics Collide” and “The Little Book of Behavioral Investing.”

If you are interested in the big picture then a story on national economics is in “Age of Turbulence”, “Why Nations Fail”, and “Capital in the 21st Century.”

For the general public books like “How I became a Quant” or the Hedge Fund Market Wizard series will come across as advance topics.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Screwed

  • The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It
  • By: Thom Hartmann
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

Our founding fathers worked hard to ensure that a small group of wealthy people would never dominate this country. Thomas Jefferson believed that our very democracy depends upon our ability to play referee to the game of business, protecting labor and the public good. But over the last 25 years, we've witnessed an undeclared war against the middle class.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read

  • By J. Martinez on 06-29-08

Politics

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

Any additional comments?

This is a book with a political message. The author likes the policies of Roosevelt and bashes the policies of Reagan and Bush.
1. I agree that the rich are getting richer. Progressive taxes (taxes go up as income goes up) are one approach. The book Capital in the 21 Century does a better job describing tax strategies to reduce income disparity.
2. “The Bush war is government money that is not spent on schools, roads, etc. that provide a return on investment.” The 1040 instructions from the IRS have the top three outlays as 1) 42% Social Security, Medicare, and other retirements, 2) 22% National Defense, Veterans, and foreign affairs, and 3) 22% on Social programs. Perhaps schools and roads are in the remaining 13%. Or perhaps they are state/county/city expenditures that are not part of the federal budget. The redistribution of money (from one person’s pocket to another) is not the same as earning a return on an investment located in a financial account.
3. A job at an automotive plant at $60/hr for five hours is around the average pay for a Chinese worker making mobile phones will earn in a month. Pay is relative. An autoworker’s pay is less than a CEO and more than a Chinese mobile phone worker.
The book was written around 2007.
Consider reading a biography on Roosevelt and Bush.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Habits of Highly Successful Forex Traders

  • By: Carter Coombes
  • Narrated by: Jason Lovett
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 9

After researching, interviewing, and observing many successful individuals, here are the habits I determined are crucial to your success. If you want to be successful this is a must-listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mindful Forex Trading

  • By Autumn A. Elsey on 08-18-15

Look elsewhere

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-16

Any additional comments?

If new to trading then begin with a classic; Reminiscences of a Stock Operator. For better behavior try Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide. Then buy a hard copy book on technical analysis (chart patterns). A story of modern day traders is in Prop Traders Chronicles or one of the Market Wizard series.

  • The Chimes

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,080
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,355
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,349

A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible!

  • By Gillian on 12-14-15

A haunting tale

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

Any additional comments?

The narrator is great and the story is of a time long ago. A long time ago there were no food stamps. There was no welfare. There was no social security. There was no post office. Jobs were scarce. Times were hard.
Even in the hard times England had the rich. The rich had the gold. And the rich made the rules. And the rules determined who went to jail.
Chapter 1 contains a poor man who is being offered a hot meal by his daughter. She has good news to share and wants it to be a happy day.
Chapter 2 contains an opportunity to buy some bacon from the income derived from delivering a single letter.
Chapter 3 contains interactions with goblin in a haunted building. Thus the reason the title begins the description of "A haunting tale." I usually associate "haunting" and “goblins” with Halloween rather than either Christmas or New Years.

  • Millionaire Traders

  • How Everyday People Are Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game
  • By: Kathy Lien, Boris Schlossberg
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Trading is a battle between you and the market. And while you might not be a financial professional, that doesn't mean you can't win this battle. Through interviews with twelve ordinary individuals who have worked hard to transform themselves into extraordinary traders, Millionaire Traders reveals how you can beat Wall Street at its own game. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this book introduces you to a dozen successful traders - some who focus on equities, others who deal in futures or foreign exchange - and examines the paths they've taken to capture considerable profits.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, worst narrator EVER!!!

  • By JD on 09-25-15

Scaling in and out.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

Any additional comments?

Of the various trading books this one is above average in describing scaling into or out of a trade.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Intermarket Analysis and Investing

  • Integrating Economic, Fundamental, and Technical Trends
  • By: Michael E.S. Gayed
  • Narrated by: David Sardinha
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

This mind-blowing audiobook brings together today's most relied-upon tools of market analysis. Michael E. S. Gayed clearly explains how this powerful combination of major schools of thought of market analysis can help investors dramatically improve their judgment on likely market performance and spot important trends, thereby making successful investment decisions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book.

  • By wes watson on 03-21-14

History rhymes

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

Reviewed: 03-15-15

Any additional comments?

History rhymes is the reason that individuals like older investment books like “Reminisces of a Stock Operator” which covers before the 1929 stock market crash or “The Book of Investing Wisdom” which covers some of the time after 1929 and before 1980, or this book which was written in 1990, or a more recent book such as “Hedge Fund Market Wizards.”

Chapter 6 is an introduction to technical chart patterns. Newer books will have many more patterns.

Chapter 7 is an introduction to value investing. Value investing is an investment style favored by Warren Buffet and there are books about his style.

Chapter 10 is an introduction to currency, interest rates, and commodities. All three can be traded not with a stock broker but with a commodity broker. These come with leverage such as a penny change in the price of a barrel of oil may make your account go up or down by $10.00. Jesse Livermore in Reminisces of a Stock Operator did some commodity trading. Implementing a trading system in the 1980’s using moving averages was described in Turtle Traders.

Chapter 16 mentions deflation (prices falling) or inflation (prices rising). The book Panic of 1907 describes the introduction of the Fed. Age of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan provides newer insight. A book such as End Game was written after the Great Recession.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2014

  • By: The Wall Street Journal
  • Narrated by: The Wall Street Journal
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Highlights
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    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bring back the old format

  • By Joseph R. Compton on 06-19-14

Different speaker

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

Reviewed: 06-19-14

Any additional comments?

In the book "Skill with People", Les Giblin says that we retain 20% of what we Hear (page 9). The book doesn't say if this still occurs when spaces have been removed between words. I appreciate the space between the end of one story and the headline of the next. If I had wanted the words to arrive faster, I would select 2X on the Shuttle.

  • The Mind and the Brain

  • Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
  • By: Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Sharon Begley
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 308

Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own. Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book has it all

  • By Dacia on 03-27-12

Life application

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

Reviewed: 03-06-13

What did you love best about The Mind and the Brain?

Experience is a good teacher. This book explains why. OCD patients have a bad habit. This book describes the four step process to break the bad habit. Learn how a stroke patient can regain some lost functionality. Learn how some students with language problems overcame them. Learn what some serious musicians facing career ending decisions done to overcome the struggle.
You could summarize the above in less than 30 minutes. But it would not include the history or the series of scientific experiments that changed the thinking of the scientific community.
Some Christians believe in “free will”. Others believe in predestination. The author makes the case for free will but from a Buddhist perspective.
And while many of the Ten Commandments contain “shall not”, the scriptures also contain some things to do. Philippians 4:8…Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest… think on these things.

What other book might you compare The Mind and the Brain to and why?

Talent is Overrated. Some of the research presented by both books blends together.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Ann Patchett
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,444
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,848
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,860

We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Was this our holiday present?

  • By Liz Hart on 12-13-11

Wrong religion

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

Reviewed: 12-27-11

What would have made This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage better?

I remember the story where a plant was compared with a marrigage. Given sun, water, and fertilizer in the right amounts, the plant thrives. But when oven cleaner was sprayed on one of the leaves, the leaf turned brown and died. Ann's background sounds like a number of leaves that were sprayed with oven cleaner.
Also, I was expecting the Christmas story to carry a Christian message. Instead, this one contains a Budda message.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage?

The no ceremony marriage. Religion.