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Calum I. MacLeod

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  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exactly that I wanted

  • By Lauren Bateman on 09-09-18

Thoughtful and Well Presented

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

Reviewed: 18-04-18

The author has put a lot of effort into this book. She builds her reasoning in layers and provides a lot of background into the source of her political convictions, the difficult election process she went through and her views on the future of politics.

The narration is excellent and her passion for politics comes through.

The negative aspect is that she argues against a straw-man representation of the electorate's reasons to vote the way they did.

  • PostCapitalism

  • A Guide to Our Future
  • By: Paul Mason
  • Narrated by: Paul Mason
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

From Paul Mason, the award-winning Channel 4 presenter, PostCapitalism is a guide to our era of seismic economic change and how we can build a more equal society. Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone continual change - economic cycles that lurch from boom to bust - and has always emerged transformed and strengthened. Surveying this turbulent history, Paul Mason wonders whether today we are on the brink of a change so big, so profound, that this time capitalism itself has reached its limits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating perspective on economic history...

  • By Peter on 01-02-17

A Good Story, if you skip over some

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-17

The book relies heavily on a principal assumption that global and national economies adhere to Kondratiev waves (50 year cycles). If you can get past that, there is a lot of interesting analysis of Karl Marx, trying to bend his theories to fit modern history.

In general, the book seems to be designed to show how "we" can use State planning of the economy to abolish property and set ourselves free. If you like that kind of thing, you'll probably find this a very modern justification of those political views.

  • My Life as a Quant

  • Reflections on Physics and Finance
  • By: Emanuel Derman
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

In My Life as a Quant, Emanuel Derman relives his exciting journey as one of the first high-energy particle physicists to migrate to Wall Street. Derman details his adventures in this fieldanalyzing the incompatible personas of traders and quants, and discussing the dissimilar nature of knowledge in physics and finance. Throughout this tale, he also reflects on the appropriate way to apply the refined methods of physics to the hurly-burly world of markets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky but thoughtful

  • By Judy Corstjens on 03-04-16

A Personal Journey

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-17

This book gives a background to what life is like working in academia, then industry, then finance. if you are interested in quantitative finance itself, then you can skip until the penultimate chapter.

  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis - A 30 Minute Summary

  • By: Instaread Summaries
  • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

With Instaread Summaries, you can get the summary of a book in 30 minutes or less. We read every chapter, summarize and analyze it for your convenience. This is an Instaread Summary of Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Summary

  • By Calum I. MacLeod on 01-09-17

A Good Summary

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-09-17

A good summary and introduction to an important book. The narration is clear and pleasant.

  • Too Close to Call

  • The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election
  • By: Jeffrey Toobin
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

From the best-selling author of A Vast Conspiracy and The Run of His Life comes Too Close to Call - the definitive story of the Bush-Gore presidential recount. A political and legal analyst of unparalleled journalistic skill, Jeffrey Toobin is the ideal writer to distill the events of the 36 anxiety-filled days that culminated in one of the most stunning Supreme Court decisions in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening and gripping from beginning to end

  • By Olivier on 26-07-17

A Very Good Story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-17

While the subject matter is familiar, this story has many twists and turns to keep one's interest. The main flaw in this book is the author's obvious partiality to one side, which gets in the way of the reader's own analysis.

The characters are larger than life, the narrator us excellent and overall I would recommend this book.

  • The Shooting Salvationist

  • J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America
  • By: David R. Stokes
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Shooting Salvationist chronicles what may be the most famous story you have never heard. In the 1920's, the Reverend J. Frank Norris railed against vice and conspiracies he saw everywhere to a congregation of more than 10,000 at First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, the largest congregation in America, the first "megachurch".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Narration

  • By Calum I. MacLeod on 08-04-17

Brilliant Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

The story is not particularly shocking our surprising given when or where it is set, but it is very well written and worth a read.

The real joy is the narration, excellent delineation of characters that makes this audio book top notch. I will probably listen to this book a few times.

  • The Run of His Life

  • The People v. O.J. Simpson
  • By: Jeffrey Toobin
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The definitive account of the O. J. Simpson trial, The Run of His Life is a prodigious feat of reporting that could have been written only by the foremost legal journalist of our time. First published less than a year after the infamous verdict, Jeffrey Toobin's nonfiction masterpiece tells the whole story, from the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman to the ruthless gamesmanship behind the scenes of "the trial of the century".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real life story behind the TV Court Case.

  • By Steve on 12-04-16

A Gripping Story

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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: 22-02-17

It took me a while to get used to the narrator but after a while I did and I think he did a decent job.

The OJ court case is breathtaking on many levels. As someone who is not American the racial tribalism is shocking. The story is well written and surprisingly fast paced. I think I could listen to this book a few times.

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  • The Andromeda Strain

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 483

The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: Current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated reentry to the atmosphere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Opportunity Missed?

  • By Simon on 18-10-15

Great Story, Superb Narrator

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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: 02-12-16

The Andromeda Station is quite a fast paced book even though the story progresses quite slowly. The narrator does a fantastic job, I enjoyed this audiobook much more than the film.

  • No Apology

  • The Case for American Greatness
  • By: Mitt Romney
  • Narrated by: Mitt Romney
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In No Apology, Mitt Romney asserts that American strength is essential—not just for our own well-being, but for the world’s. Governments such as China and a newly-robust Russia threaten to overtake us on many fronts, and Islam continues its dangerous rise. Drawing on history for lessons on how great powers collapse, Romney shows how and why our national advantages have eroded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Story of American Exceptionalism

  • By Calum I. MacLeod on 27-09-16

A Heartfelt Story of American Exceptionalism

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

Mitt Romney tells a story of how the world needs a strong America - and how to maintain and rebuild that strength. As a non American I don't quite see the exceptionalism that he believes in, but I do see a thoughtful set of ideas and plans to achieve the goal of a "great" America.

His narration is solid and although the book is a little dry, he gives a lot of detail for his plans and reasoning.

  • Cold Caller

  • By: Jason Starr
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 99

Once a rising VP at a topflight ad agency, Bill Moss now works as a cold caller at a telemarketing firm in the Times Square area. He's got a bad case of the urban blues, and when a pink slip rather than a promotion comes through, Bill snaps.... Now he's got a dead supervisor on his hands and problems no career counselor can help him with.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Behind the smile

  • By Norma Miles on 15-09-15

Atmospheric if Unsympathetic. Excellent Narrator

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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: 01-12-15

Cold caller is not a roller coaster yarn, the story is just interesting enough. I would not describe any of the characters as sympathetic, yet Jason Starr creates a good sense of atmosphere.

The slow build-up and the gentle introduction of new characters creates a rather believable world in which extreme events seem almost ordinary.

Christopher Ragland navigates the dialogue very well. The characters are nicely differentiated and I have have since bought books by other authors based on the skill of this excellent narrator.