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  • Hatred Day, Book 1

  • By: T.S. Pettibone
  • Narrated by: Joe Calarco
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

In the year 2052, it's not love but hate that unites the world. Humanity is unified against the Inborns, an extraterrestrial species with godlike intelligence and abilities, whose arrival on Earth caused an environmental and biological crisis. Enslaved and despised even by her own Inbornkind, 18-year-old Snofrid Yagami reawakens to the world after having her memories stolen and is certain of only one thing: She will do anything to ensure her freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic book read by a slow narrator

  • By Elle Kay on 07-29-16

Creative Dystopian Mix of Sci Fi, Tech & Magic

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

Where does Hatred Day, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I haven't read much fiction for a long time, but I found this book a creative and very interesting book combining a lot of enjoyable elements I desire in science fiction with some interesting new characters for future books. I watch a lot of science fiction movies and TV shows rather than read fiction books (I spend a lot of my time reading non fiction for work so not a lot of time for fiction reading). First time authors, the Pettibone Twins, did an excellent job world building creating in my imagination a future dystopian Earth after god like aliens immigrate to the planet (or invade?) and severely disturb humans, animals and the environment. The story follows a young adult half human/half alien girl (she can't remember she's a "halfbreed" because her memories have been stolen) who is trying to protect herself and her family from being murdered by all kinds of danger. As she's desperately trying to save herself and her family, there's a lot of creative mixing of science fiction, technology, magic, aliens (the god like Inborns with super powers) along with a lot of crazy human drama a teenager or young adult might experience in his or her life. I didn't find myself bored during any of the back story/flashback sequences either since those are tricky to put into a story without screwing up the flow of the story.

What did you like best about this story?

There was a good amount of twists and turns. The main character, Snofrid, had a large amount of her memories stolen so she is desperate to regain them and learn the truth about herself and her past. While she is doing this, her world is being turned upside down on a daily basis in new and unpredictable ways.

What does Joe Calarco bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The guy reading the book was OK. There was room for improvement in his voice work and I probably would have preferred a female reading some of the lines Snofrid said. Ideally, in my opinion, there should have been 2 different voice actors reading the book, one male and one female. I think it might have flowed a bit better than it did with one man speaking the audio book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I finished the book basically over one weekend. I thought it was a good story. I will probably buy the 2nd book in the series when it comes out.

Any additional comments?

An excellent first book from first time authors. Can they follow this up with another good-great book and build this into a franchise with a potential adult (TV-MA) cartoon and/or movie in Japan?

  • The Intentional Legacy

  • By: David McAlvany
  • Narrated by: David S. McAlvany
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

Will your children value their legacy? The history of the world is the story of great financial, cultural and ethical legacies built in one generation, only to be squandered by second and third generations who were unwilling and unprepared for the roles and responsibilities that accompany them. It is a problem that troubles wealth managers, social theorists, and, of course, parents. Solving the problem requires intentionality the process of careful thought and preparation concerning the most critical details that will shape your family and its future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well spoken amazing content.

  • By Michael M. on 05-28-18

Part Self Help/Part Autobiography/Part Finance

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

What did you love best about The Intentional Legacy?

I have listened to David McAlvany's, McAlvany Weekly Commentary, podcast every Wednesday for many years. I enjoy his views about investing, markets and the guests he interviews. This book was more about how he has built his life and the adversity he has overcome to become successful in his life by his own definition of success rather than by just making billions for himself and his clients. Some personal finance advice and family financial and wealth building strategies are built into the stories David talks about, but he shares many entertaining and valuable life stories in the book. David may not be the billionaire hedge fund manager, but David has focused on making sure other parts of his life are in good shape besides only focusing on maximizing how successful his 2nd generation family business is in his lifetime. This book talks about health and happiness in other areas of life besides just being rich with a lot of money.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Intentional Legacy?

All of the obstacles David has had to overcome and deal with in life to achieve a happy family life.

What about David S. McAlvany’s performance did you like?

I have enjoyed listening to the McAlvany Weekly Commentary podcast for many years so this book was refreshing to hear David discuss his personal life more than just a book about investing and wealth building.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have. I found this book inspiring having read dozens of other self help books and found them useful.

Any additional comments?

If you listen to the McAlvany Weekly Commentary routinely you would expect David's book to be about wealth building, investing, business and personal finance since David is an eloquent speaker and a master of these strategies. However, it was nice hearing more about David's personal life and the valuable life lessons he's learned and the adversities he's had to overcome to become the man that he is today.

  • Fed Up

  • An Insider's Take on Why the Federal Reserve Is Bad for America
  • By: Danielle DiMartino Booth
  • Narrated by: Danielle DiMartino Booth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

In the early 2000s, as a Wall Street escapee writing a financial column for the Dallas Morning News, Booth attracted attention for her bold criticism of the Fed's low interest rate policies and her cautionary warnings about the bubbly housing market. Nobody was more surprised than she when the folks at the Dallas Federal Reserve invited her aboard. Figuring she could have more of an impact on Fed policies from the inside, she accepted the call to duty and rose to be one of Dallas Fed president Richard Fisher's closest advisors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • straight forward brilliant

  • By casey on 02-20-17

Excellent Look Behind Curtain of Keynesian Wizards

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

What made the experience of listening to Fed Up the most enjoyable?

There was fantastic insights in this book about the people and the culture at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas as well as past Federal Reserve Chairman and also current Chair, Janet Yellen. The author did an excellent job keeping the content interesting and using some excellent analogies to explain some of the more technical terms to a layman who was not a financial professional. It is downright scary to know how unprepared the Keynesians at the Federal Reserve are for the next upcoming global financial crisis due to hubris, myopia, group think, etc.

What other book might you compare Fed Up to and why?

It reminded me of Harry Markopolis' book, No One Would Listen, about the blunders at the SEC and the mainstream financial media how he told them for a decade how Bernie Madoff was running an enormous Ponzi Scheme and no one would listen to him despite the mountain of evidence he provided.

What about Danielle DiMartino Booth’s performance did you like?

It's always nice to hear the author who wrote the book read the audio book when they are so passionate about the subject matter.

If you could give Fed Up a new subtitle, what would it be?

No problem with the title or subtitle. It's good.

Any additional comments?

END THE FED! I disagree with the author about her stance of not auditing the Federal Reserve. The Fed needs to be audited annually each year by an independent, non-governmental entity and the American public deserves the truth. There needs to be more transparency so Wall St, big government and large corporations don't get $19 trillion in interest free or near zero interest loans like they did during the 2008 crisis (one time partial audit Ron Paul got while still in Congress). Global central banks with debt based digital fiat currency and fractional reserve banking are incredibly dangerous and are guaranteed to create larger and larger global economic landmines/crises in the future. I feel that without allowing large banks to fail and other important reasons that largely cannot happen without a central bank are why nothing has been fixed since the 2008 crisis and why the next global financial crisis is probably 2-3 years (at most) away.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Money Management Skills

  • By: Michael Finke, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Finke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,992

The goal of money management is to maximize our happiness at every stage of our lives. Whether you are a novice investor or a seasoned pro, starting your first job or contemplating retirement, these 24 straightforward lectures are an excellent primer for making successful financial decisions at every stage of your life. Professor Finke takes you on a tour of some of the most widely available financial products and tools, from mutual funds to life insurance to college savings accounts.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Irresponsible Advice

  • By Christopher on 01-12-18

Bad, Disproven Academic Investing Theories

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Michael Finke?

Yes, but not from this professor since he believes in financial theories that in reality are not accurate.

Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

Yes, but not Money Management Advice from an academic professor who believes wholeheartedly in PT and EMH

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Michael Finke?

There were no problems listening.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There was some helpful advice about credit cards and debt. Some decent advice for middle class tax strategies.

Any additional comments?

This book endorses Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) and Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH) as being good views of capital markets. In reality, these academic ideas have enormous flaws and have basically been disproven if you speak to many successful long time financial professionals. If a stock goes up 10% based on news does that mean markets are efficient or does that mean Mr. Market is being emotional and irrational like Benjamin Graham says and that there's more greed than fear in that particular stock? Also, a lot of successful real estate investors use whole life dividend paying life insurance policies, which are tax free dividend paying policies. These policies are versatile for a lot of different investments and consumer purchases. The large insurance industry didn't stop selling these policies because they were high commission!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Manifesto

  • By: David Morgan, Christopher Marchese
  • Narrated by: Ryan Brooks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

There are factors that produce immense profits and these occur rarely. Investors stand at a unique point in monetary history where the death of paper currencies on a global scale is taking place before their eyes. Because most are frozen into inside-the-box thinking, few investors will ride the next move as silver (and gold) skyrocket in the years ahead. In fact the primary purpose of this book is to educate the listener as to why there is no way out of the financial morass created by the financial elite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History of Silver, Money & Austrian School of Econ

  • By Jason on 09-26-15

History of Silver, Money & Austrian School of Econ

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

Where does The Silver Manifesto rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of the top 5 books I have read all year. The book covers the history of silver's use as money both in antiquity and in modern times. Silver's supply and demand is also covered. The book talks about the Austrian theory of the business cycle. If you have a normal background (Keynesian) in business or economics from a prestigious business school you should keep an open mind and listen to this book for a different perspective and to challenge your beliefs about banking, money and how the economy is supposed to function. You may not have heard of some of the terms before or the Austrian School of Economics, but the Austrian School predicted the 1929 stock market crash, the 1970s stagflation, the Dot.com bust and the 2008 housing bubble.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The book is non fiction and besides an extensive history of silver and commodity money, the book talks extensively about the Austrian School of Economics, its theories and the viewpoint of what's going on now in the economy from an Austrian perspective.

Have you listened to any of Ryan Brooks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but the reader is reading very clearly.

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

The book talks about the misconceptions in academia and the mainstream media and mainstream financial media of deflation. Deflation is NOT evil! I also enjoyed all of the history of money and banking discussed in this book. Many modern financial books neglect going back through the perspective of history to see how now history may not exactly repeat but how it may rhyme now or going forward.

Any additional comments?

This book correctly shows silver's key role throughout history in money and banking systems of many different governments and the long term consequences of governments going onto fiat money and using central banking and fractional reserve banking. If you want to learn about the Austrian School of Economics, the history of money, the supply/demand fundamentals of silver because you own physical silver or precious metal mining stocks or thinking about buying these for insurance or wealth preservation or for investment purposes, you find this book quite enjoyable. Lots of useful information.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism

  • By: Dr. Robert P. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Perry Richards
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Participating in the economy is a part of everyday life; yet much of what is commonly accepted as fact is wrong. Keynesian schoolteachers and the liberal media have filled the world with politically correct errors that myth-busting professor Robert Murphy sets straight. Murphy explains hot topics like outsourcing (why it's good for Americans) and zoning restrictions (why they're not). Just like the other books in the P.I.G. series, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism pulls no punches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Educational

  • By Micah on 04-15-07

Introduction to the Austrian School of Econ

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-10

This book is very similar to Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson. It is an introduction to free market economics and the Austrian School of Economics. It is a great book to learn the basics from.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Crush It!

  • Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,808

Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Outdated and redundant

  • By Felix on 03-11-17

LOVE IT!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-10

I had listened to Gary V interviews and knew who he was before I bought this book! The book is amazing especially when he is reading it! A++++ and highly recommend getting the audio book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful