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  • The Mastermind

  • Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.
  • By: Evan Ratliff
  • Narrated by: Evan Ratliff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649

 

The incredible true story of the decade-long quest to bring down Paul Le Roux - the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel who merged the ruthlessness of a drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Being too reliant on consensus backfires occasiona

  • By El Alamein on 07-17-19

I liked it.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-19

Intriguing story. The story could have easily been turned into an entertaining novel, but the author makes sure to keep things interesting without making you feel like he took creative liberty to do so. Honestly felt like I was reading an article out of Maxim Magazine. I liked it.

  • FAKE

  • Fake Money, Fake Teachers, Fake Assets: How Lies Are Making the Poor and Middle Class Poorer
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: William LeRoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

Robert Kiyosaki - author of the #1 personal finance book of all time - has built a legacy around simplifying complex and often-confusing subjects like money and investing. He continues to challenge conventional wisdom and asks the questions that will help listeners sift through today's information overload to uncover ways to assess what's real... and what isn't. And use truth and facts as a foundation for taking control of their financial lives. In this new book, Robert fights what’s "fake" and helps listeners differentiate between what’s real...and what isn’t.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A far cry from Rich Dad Poor Dad

  • By TeamDavidAndSarah on 05-31-19

Light on the Peanut Butter Heavy on the Crust!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

Overall it constantly reminded me that it's purpose might have been to sell us on gold. A kitchen junk drawer of a read; IF your junk drawer was filled with old religious booklets, gold coin advertisement brochures and pamphlets from those multilevel marketing seminars you used to go to that were so heavy on the self-help quotes and jargon while never really being clear on what you'd be selling.
Listening to the book got most annoying when the narrator had to read aloud questions and answers to Robert. He'd have to say "Question:......." then "Answer:....." over and over like someone reading a script for their first part in a film forgetting that they don't have to keep saying their character's name before their lines.
That's not to say that I didn't find any useful information in this book, but most of the time it left the listener hanging as Robert moved away from personal finance and onto tangents about his spirituality. There were many mentions of Cryptocurrency, or "The People's Money" but he'd drop the subject just as randomly as he'd bring it up leaving you with a sense that he could have left any mention of it out of the book altogether without anyone missing it. Didn't leave the impression that Cryptocurrency was something he knew much about anyway. I will continue to check out other Rich Dad resources, but this book was far from my favorite.
I'll sum this book up for you all........."Gold.....blah blah.....Gold....Gold...blah blah....God....Gold.....God....Gold...Gold.... The End"

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  • Basic Economics, Fifth Edition

  • A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,964

In this fifth edition of Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell revises and updates his popular book on commonsense economics, bringing the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Drawing on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history, Sowell explains basic economic principles for the general public in plain English.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most eye-opening book I have ever read

  • By M. Kunze on 02-10-18

A Much Needed Education

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

Reviewed: 04-08-19

I'll be listening to this one a few times. I learned that most people do not know a thing about Economics. 2nd book I've picked up by this author.

  • The Cornbread Mafia

  • A Homegrown Syndicate's Code of Silence and the Biggest Marijuana Bust in American History
  • By: James Higdon
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

In the summer of 1987, Johnny Boone set out to grow and harvest one of the greatest outdoor marijuana crops in modern times. In doing so, he set into motion a series of events that defined him and his associatesas the largest homegrown marijuana syndicate in American history, also known as the Cornbread Mafia. Author James Higdon takes listeners back to the 1970s and ‘80s and the clash between federal and local law enforcement and a band of Kentucky farmers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm probably biased but this was a very fun book.

  • By William J Renfrow on 05-28-18

Pass the Cornbread Please

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

Reviewed: 04-07-19

A good education on cannabis in America. Before the pot shops stocked with edibles and pedestrians walking the street with vape pens. When we think about pot we usually think California. But here we have Kentucky. And Kentucky's contribution to cannabis culture shouldn't be understated. And the United States' long overreaching arm of the "law".
It shows you that people like Jonny Boone paid the price for a lot of you to be able to pick up your marijuana like you would pick out a puppy from a pet shop; pointing to the prettiest bud behind the glass and asking to hold in your hand.
The book reads a lot like a television documentary without the reenactments. When I picked it up I thought I'd be hearing the greatest story never told. The author does his best, but doesn't quite make it fun. What it lacks in entertainment it does make up for in historical details though. The narrator gives the book a good presentation.

  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Hugh Mann
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,579
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,116
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,095

This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Somewhat Misleading Title

  • By J. Johnston on 05-15-09

One of the best books I've listened to

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Not once did I feel like the author veered away from giving an objective view in these essays. And I learned some things about American history, Western History, And World History that I didn't know before. Inspired me towards further exploration.

The narrator was amazing. Clear. Enjoyable to listen to.

  • The Laws of Human Nature

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael, Robert Greene
  • Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,063
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,430
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,408

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions of listeners, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding, and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves. Whether at work, in relationships, or in shaping the world around you, The Laws of Human Nature offers brilliant tactics for success, self-improvement, and self-defense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tempo is key! (1.25X)

  • By James Hawkins on 11-12-18

Another Master Class in Human Behavior

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Robert Greene, a student in human chess, wrote another great book. This one is a lot more personal. With a look into yourself in every chapter. You can't learn about what's making people around you tick without finding things to internalize here. Great book. Narrator was easy to listen to. I've listened to the 48 Laws on audio and chose to stick with the printed version. This one was presented a lot better.
Back to the author...Greene went deep in this one. So listen more than once. Or listen and read.

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad

  • What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,156

Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book but....

  • By Mathew Copeland on 11-28-17

Took years to finally pick up this book. Liked it.

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Narrator made a big difference in listening to this book. The book was great too. But a lot of times the narrators make audio books a harder listen. This one was a breeze.

  • 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 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691

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

Glad I listened

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

Great listen for a subject that is quickly evolving even as the book itself was written. I got a few things from it.

  • Myths of the Norsemen

  • By: Jo Whiteley
  • Narrated by: Philip Bird
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In the frozen lands of the North gods, men and giants battle in a ceaseless round of adventure. The mighty sagas of the Norsemen are brought vividly to life in another classic recording.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • pretty good

  • By Susan on 12-31-16

Awesome Performance

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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: 12-30-17

Loved it. Narrator made this book even better than it already would have been on it's own if I'd have read it from it's pages. I've listened to 3 audio books of Norse mythology and this has been my favorite so far.

  • Norse Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals, and Beliefs of Norse Mythology

  • By: Bernard Hayes
  • Narrated by: Jae Huff
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

In this audio book, Norse Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals, and Beliefs of Norse Mythology, the listener will be transported to the ancient customs of beliefs of the ancient Vikings of the north. This audiobook is dedicated to exploring the gods and goddesses that the Nordic people worshiped. The Nordic people had many heroes of myth and legend, and you will be introduced to both stories of myth and living, breathing Viking heroes that were revered.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Concise Guide

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-22-17

A Concise Guide

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

A Concise Guide definitely is a fitting description of this book. I felt like I got the bread, but was left wanting a little more of the meat and sauce for a complete sandwich. Still a decent resource. The narrator was clear while bordering on sounding like a pleasant computer that was instructed to use plenty of inflection in her speech. Didn't learn anything new. It could however be a starting point for a beginner. Though again, I'm not sure if it creates an appetite for more as much as it leaves the listener with one. Feels a lot like an attempt to give a broad view of a world through a keyhole.

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