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  • A Man for All Markets

  • From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market
  • By: Edward O. Thorp, Nassim Nicholas Taleb - foreword
  • Narrated by: Edward O. Thorp
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992

The incredible true story of the card-counting mathematics professor who taught the world how to beat the dealer and, as the first of the great quantitative investors, ushered in a revolution on Wall Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life of a genius

  • By Oleksiy Volovik on 05-08-17

influential

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

One of the few that influenced a change in me.
A must read for any one and not just quants.

  • Kingdom Blades

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 4
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,217
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025

After the events the first three books in Melissa McPhail's award-winning epic fantasy series, A Pattern of Shadow and Light, the realm of Alorin remains unbalanced. The Fifth Vestal, Bjorn van Gelderan, has cast his Players on the field. Now they must hold their positions against Malorin'athgul as well as their immortal allies. In Kandori...Prince Ean val Lorian is bound to Bjorn van Gelderan's game and to his sister Isabel, but Ean would rather be free of both of them. Yet he fears the game won't let him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! Finally a series that lives up to WOT!

  • By Parker on 03-22-17

fantastic!! on so many levels

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

Melissa is my top 10 author now. She continues to amaze me with her many universes, while perfectly capturing the blur between fantasy and sci-fi so enjoyably. Space, time and energy never sounded so entertaining before.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Quants

  • How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It
  • By: Scott Patterson
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

In March 2006, the world's richest men sipped champagne in an opulent New York hotel. They were preparing to compete in a poker tournament with ­million-dollar stakes. At the card table that night was Peter Muller, who managed a fabulously successful hedge fund called PDT. With him was Ken Griffin, who was the tough-as-nails head of Citadel Investment Group. There, too, were Cliff Asness, the founder of the hedge fund AQR Capital Management, and Boaz Weinstein, king of the credit-default swap.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • perhaps the best book on the Quants

  • By D. Littman on 04-14-10

interesting and insightful

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

While the stories are well researched and personalized, the timeline zig zags quite a bit and I often got lost trying to imagine the events chronologically. But that apart, a nice treat.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,972
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,446

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

brilliant !

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

An enjoyable sci-fi writ with humor and hubris. Explores many existential and philosophical topics with such simplicity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dagger of Adendigaeth

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 2
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 29 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134

At long last, the reason for the blessed Adept race's decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin'athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin's Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself? In T'khendar, Prince Ean val Lorian has forsaken his companions in blood and battle to join the traitorous Fifth Vestal in T'khendar in the hopes of gaining some insight into the tragedies that plagued his return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good second book!

  • By John on 01-27-17

fantastic series.. enjoyable sequel

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

I read the first book, it was great. A perfect melting pot of dragons, shape shifters, magic, other dimensions, portals, time travel, you name it. The reviews for the second book made me a little unsure, but I risked a credit and it paid off !! The second one unravels whole new layers of complexity and it is soundly built on the first book. So Im wondering, did the reviewers writing the negative reviews about romance/sex etc even read the same book?? And with Nick Poedhl narrating, its even more enjoyable. A book credit well spent.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,501
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,495

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

one of the best

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

What made the experience of listening to Seveneves the most enjoyable?

in my top ten list. one of the most imaginative stories that seems completely believable, Neal paints fiction on a pragmatic canvas. I did not care for peoples' comments/reviews of what the story should/could have been and I decided to try it, and Im glad I tried.

What about Mary Robinette Kowal and Will Damron ’s performance did you like?

Fantastic.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Neal.

  • Calamity

  • The Reckoners, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,941
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,468

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-18-16

meh

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

hollywood ending for a hollywood story. mistborn triology was better at the same thing. not bad for commute kill.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Forest Bull

  • By: Terry Maggert
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68

Three lovers who stalk and kill the immortals that drift through South Florida (tourists are a moveable feast, after all) are living a simple life of leisure- until one of them is nearly killed by a woman who is a new kind of lethal. When Ring Hardigan isn't making sandwiches for, and with, his two partners, Waleska and Risa (they're cool like that), he's got a busy schedule doing the dirty work of sending immortals to the ever after.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immortal Hunters

  • By Michael Oberhardt on 08-16-14

awesome narrator, enjoyable writing

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

the cheesy story died on the 3rd page, but the writing is so good and to top it, the narrator is awesome, so i continued and enjoyed listening to this on my commute

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,481

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Weird

  • By N. Rogers on 04-07-14

curiosity/mystery for the kids in us

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Liked the way the author keeps the curiosity of the characters alive, doesnt slather dollops of 'intimate' scenes just for the heck of it, felt like a middle school kid when listening to this story. Nice angle... appealing to the kids in us.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,080
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41,140

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

good listen

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

another great traffic time kill, nick poedhl is great. good story, nesting stories sometimes take a bit to remember

1 of 1 people found this review helpful