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  • Flash Boys

  • A Wall Street Revolt
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,615

Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely A Worthwhile Learning Experience

  • By T Spencer on 07-14-15

Beautiful Intersection of Trading, Tech, and Bios

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

Reviewed: 05-08-14

I've been listening to audiobooks for 5 years and this is one of my favorites. It is a beautiful intersection of trading, technology, and life stories. This is my first Michael Lewis listen. I love his writing style and story telling abilities. I will definitely be listening to his other books.

  • Millionaire Teacher

  • The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School
  • By: Andrew Hallam
  • Narrated by: Peter Drew
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 218

Most people wouldn't expect a schoolteacher to amass a million-dollar investment account. But Andrew Hallam did so, long before the typical retirement age. And now, with Millionaire Teacher, he wants to show you how to follow in his footsteps. With lively humor and the simple clarity you'd expect from a gifted educator, Hallam demonstrates how average people can build wealth in the stock market by shunning the investment products peddled by most financial advisors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Investment Advice

  • By Kevin on 11-27-13

Excellent Investment Advice

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

Reviewed: 11-27-13

This book contained solid, long-term investment advice. I have readjusted my retirement accounts to match the strategies described in this book.

My only complaint is that the author spent too much time convincing the reader about the benefits of index funds. A few chapters into the book I kept saying to myself, "ok, I get it, low cost index funds are better than actively managed mutual funds, now move on".

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Big Data

  • A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
  • By: Viktor Mayer-Schöberger, Kenneth Cukier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 940

Oxford professor and author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger joins Economist data editor and commentator Kenneth Cukier to deliver insight into the hottest trend in technology. "Big data" makes it possible to instantly analyze and draw conclusions from vast stores of information, enabling revolutionary breakthroughs in business, health, politics, and education. But big data also raises troubling social and privacy concerns sure to be a major talking point in the years ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty light stuff on Big Data

  • By Michael on 09-01-13

BIG VALUE

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

Reviewed: 08-08-13

This was an interesting book about potential uses of new forms of data. It also includes many interesting stories and examples of data use in the past, present, and future. The book explains how data can be used in new ways to that will improve business and society. Massive amounts of data was once only captured by the Navy, Astronomers, and Scientists. Today, it is becoming a natural resource and is captured by nearly every business and by millions of devices around the world. With the emergence of social networking, reams of data have been stored about people and places. New data sources are starting to take shape. Data is now being captured by everything from home appliances to industrial machines. The harvesting, analyzing, reporting, and decision making that comes with these new forms of data is very exciting. This book is not for everyone, but as a software developer, I found this book to be very enjoyable.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets of Happy Families

  • Surprising New Ideas to Bring More Togetherness, Less Chaos, and Greater Joy
  • By: Bruce Feiler
  • Narrated by: Bruce Feiler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Best-selling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler found himself squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children. So he set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family "experts", he sought out the most creative minds - from Silicon Valley to the set of Modern Family, from the country's top negotiators to the Green Berets - and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth reading, even if you can't do it all!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-28-13

Very Enjoyable

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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: 05-31-13

I looked up the author's previous books before spending a credit on this one. I must say, I was worried that this book would be too preachy because some of Feiler's other publications had strong religious themes. It was not preachy at all. Listening to this book was more like having a casual conversation with a friend about family life. The author pulled ideas from various sources, including business men, military leaders, coaches, and his own family experiences and presented them as short stories and lessons. Every lesson won't apply to every family but I think the book was well written and researched and it was worth listening to.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Give and Take

  • A Revolutionary Approach to Success
  • By: Adam M. Grant PhD
  • Narrated by: Brian Keith Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • recycled material

  • By Matt Dallas on 11-26-15

Learn how givers come out on top

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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: 05-15-13

I have been listening to books in the behavioral/psychology/business arena for about three years now and this one is my favorite. The writing is very nicely organized and the narration was excellent. The book is arranged as a series of short stories that describe real world scenarios of different reciprocity styles: givers, matchers, and takers. The short stories are bridged with research findings that tie it all together. The author gives compelling reasons and examples for why and how givers come out ahead. He also describes the pitfalls of too much giving, as well as the disadvantages of being a matcher or taker. This book made me evaluate my own styles that I use at work, home, and in my community. It is very possible to be a giver without falling to the bottom and becoming a doormat.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,102

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

Find out what it's like to be a cook

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

Reviewed: 03-07-13

This was an entertaining book. I learned what it is like to be behind the closed doors and in the kitchen of a restaurant. I especially liked the essential kitchen tools, kitchen lingo, and tips at the end of the book for succeeding as a chef. At times it was hard to follow all of the managers, chefs, co-workers and restaurants mentioned in the book because Bourdain switched jobs so often. There is one chapter in the book (I think the one about the summer club - or whatever it was called) where Bourdain's narration speed slowed dramatically. I thought I accidentally bumped the narrator speed button on my audible player. But overall I thought the narration was very good. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in cooking.

  • Unfair Advantage

  • The Power of Financial Education
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

Why do the rich get richer even in a financial crisis? In his new book, the best-selling author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad confirms his message and challenges listeners to change their context and act in a new way. Robert Kiyosaki here takes a new and hard-hitting look at the factors that impact people from all walks of life as they struggle to cope with change and challenges that impact their financial world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Repetition

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-25-15

Not Practical for Most People

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

Reviewed: 01-14-13

Most of the advice in this book is not geared towards the regular working employees with traditional savings/investment/retirement plans. It is not feasible for everyone to pull money out of traditional investments and start buying up hotels, gold mines, and oil drilling companies, like the author did. I was looking for some more practical advice areas where a majority of people have their investments: paper assets. The author did have a few good explanations around money flow and the sub-prime mortgage crisis. I would not recommend this book for the average investor who invests in mainly paper assets.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Aftershock

  • Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown
  • By: David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer, Cindy S. Spitzer
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

While the "experts" want us to believe that all is well (or will be soon), nothing could be further from the truth. The worldwide financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 was just a sneak preview of what is to come. But for those who act quickly and correctly, there is still time to protect yourself, your family, and your business in the next global money meltdown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, convincing, and well narrated advert.

  • By David M. Weprin on 10-01-11

Investors Need To Know About This

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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: 11-13-12

Investors who passively manage their money could see their entire portfolio evaporate into money heaven. This book describes the causes and effects of a major economic collapse. It also describes several methods for protecting investments; moving money into gold, bonds, foreign currencies, and bear funds. It also gives economic indicators to watch for trouble: inflation rate and interest rate.

There is some pretty deep economics in this book but the author explains it in terms that non-economists can understand. I would've given the book a 5 star if it wasn't for the bragging and self-plugging that is found throughout the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich

  • By: Ramit Sethi
  • Narrated by: Ramit Sethi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,399

At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance - banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Behavioral approach to money sets this book apart

  • By Erica on 03-08-11

Sound Financial Advice

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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: 10-12-12

This book is mainly geared for 20 - 35 age range. Ramit has an exuberant personality and got me excited about doing finances the right way. The book is filled with excellent real world examples and methods for controlling finances. I was skeptical about using a credit on this book at first because of the corny title. I'm really glad I did. I'm actively using at least 75% of techniques described in this book.

When you are ready to seriously start thinking about finances.. listen to this book first.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In the Plex

  • How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
  • By: Steven Levy
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,892

Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great for the stories.

  • By Jeff on 08-21-11

The Definitive Book on Google

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

Reviewed: 10-11-12

This book is way better than "What Would Google Do". I particularly like the sections that talked about Google's data centers: the machines they use, the cooling systems, the locations, etc. Techies and non-techies will get enjoyment out of this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful