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J. Lackey

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  • The Two Towers

  • Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,836
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,928
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,004

The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to life. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank goodness - finally

  • By John on 11-05-12

i give it a 5, out of 5. xplay style.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Awesome book, as you might imagine. Few other authors come close to this level of talent.

  • Where Are the Customers' Yachts?: or A Good Hard Look at Wall Street

  • By: Fred Schwed Jr., Peter Arno
  • Narrated by: Mark Moseley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Humorous and entertaining, this book exposes the folly and hypocrisy of Wall Street. The title refers to a story about a visitor to New York who admired the yachts of the bankers and brokers. Naively, he asked where all the customers' yachts were? Of course, none of the customers could afford yachts, even though they dutifully followed the advice of their bankers and brokers. Full of wise contrarian advice and offering a true look at the world of investing, in which brokers get rich while their customers go broke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight

  • By NEEL KANASE on 07-13-15

Everyone should read this

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Where does Where Are the Customers' Yachts?: or A Good Hard Look at Wall Street rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top notch. Got to be in the top 5.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where Are the Customers' Yachts?: or A Good Hard Look at Wall Street?

The most memorable moment, to answer this question, was where he talked about technical analysis. Comparing it to astrology. Which does seem to fit.

Which scene was your favorite?

Where the non banker asked the banker where all the customer's yachts were. As this book will tell you, in the financial industry, the customer is at the very bottom of the totem pole. So skip all those BS artists, and just take matters into your own hands. You'll be better off. They're all just people who have dedicated their lives to mumbo jumbo, and have managed to convince the world that they're somehow respectable.

If you could give Where Are the Customers' Yachts?: or A Good Hard Look at Wall Street a new subtitle, what would it be?

"Stay away from the hoards of idiots and crooks in the financial industry."

Any additional comments?

Excellent book. Warren Buffet said it was the very first book he read on finance at age 11. After reading it, you can tell he still subscribes to its tenants to this very day. After you listen to this audiobook, you'll understand why he says many of the things he says.

  • Cryptoassets

  • The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond
  • By: Chris Burniske, Jack Tatar
  • Narrated by: Dave Clark
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

With the rise of bitcoin and blockchain technology, investors can capitalize on the greatest investment opportunity since the Internet. Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but today there are over 800 and counting, including ether, ripple, litecoin, monero, and more. This clear, concise, and accessible guide from two industry insiders shows you how to navigate this brave new blockchain world - and how to invest in these emerging assets to secure your financial future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Key to the a Future

  • By Fred R. on 12-30-17

Doesn't fully apply

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More modern depictions and descriptions. Its pretty clear that the writers are well into the "old days". They do talk about how this is a modern topic and it doesn't really mesh well with their old ideas and methodology, but they fall right back into them in chapters 12, 13, and 14.

Has Cryptoassets turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, just from these particular writers and contributors.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Somewhat disappointed, as I expected the book to be better. It also could achieved what it did, in much less time. They didn't need to write nearly as much as they did.

Any additional comments?

A lot of this book is mumbo jumbo. A lot of it is good and valid, but a lot is mumbo jumbo. For example, the explanation on asset classes. Ugh. As they say in the book, there is almost no way to fit most cryptos into any of those classes. Some will, but its very limited. Asset classes themselves border on mumbo jumbo, as the greater portion of the financial industry does. But even though they admit that its nearly impossible to classify most cryptos in terms of what asset class they fall under, they still go into agonizing detail about what asset classes are and how a few cryptos vaguely fall under the class. A complete waste of time. If you want to listen to this book, you'd be well served to skip 12, 13, and 14. This book should be half its current price at most.

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