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Jakob

Skanderborg, Denmark
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  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed the World
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky met in war-torn 1960s Israel. Both were gifted young psychology professors: Kahneman a rootless son of Holocaust survivors who saw the world as a problem to be solved, Tversky a voluble, instinctual blur of energy. In this breathtaking new audiobook, Michael Lewis tells the extraordinary story of a relationship that became a shared mind: one which created the field of behavioural economics, revolutionising everything from Big Data to medicine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great writer finds a great topic

  • By Judy Corstjens on 24-12-16

My own mistake I guess

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

Reviewed: 23-11-18

I have loved all the other Michael Lewis books, I have been through, as I love the great stories of economics that he tells. So I didn't do my research on this one, as this is NOT a book about economy. It is instead a book about people who are interested in people who like economy. I imagine that people who are interested in psychology and statistics will find this book great, I however felt somewhat disappointed.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Andrew Timothy
  • Length: 50 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas.

Published in 1844, it is often considered one of the great thrillers of all time and, along with The Three Musketeers, Dumas' most popular work.

Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmund Dantes is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape, he sets out to discover the treasure of Monte Cristo and catch up with his enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing fast paced action

  • By John H. Foster on 17-12-09

Wow, that was hard

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

The book is a classic, which i guess means i should have expected that the story is slow as heck. This means that I ended up just longing for the book to end.
But the main fault with this lies in thr reading. I guess this might be due to the performance being old, but when the reader turns the pages of the manuscript, you can clearly hear it. When he misreads, he just corrects it and then continues, no cuts are made. And after about 25 hours, someone starts tapping their foot on the floor, which is clearly audible in the recording, but as it only lasts about 90 minutes, there is no reason to correct it.
This is by far the worst perfomance from an audible book I have yet encountered, and with many versions of the book available, I have to recommend getting one of the others.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Understanding Michael Porter

  • The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy
  • By: Joan Magretta
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Michael Porter’s groundbreaking ideas on competition and strategy have unfolded over three decades and are spread across a dauntingly long list of publications. Every manager can name individual pieces of his work - competitive advantage, the value chain, five forces - but no one, not even Porter himself, has put the entire puzzle together to reveal it as an integrated whole. This lucid, concise audiobook does just that. This book provides an engaging summary of Porter’s ideas and an invaluable synthesis of this important body of work....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent

  • By Jakob on 14-01-12

Decent

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

Reviewed: 14-01-12

The book is fine, if not very helpful. as the description says Magretta does not try to teach you anything you cannot get from Porter himself. She only tries to build examples that would make Porters points more clear. The narrator however is something else, never before have I heard a more annoying reading of a book. He blitzes through most of the text and then for some reason draws out the last word of almost every sentence.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hoodwinked

  • An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the Global Economy IMPLODED - and How to Fix It
  • By: John Perkins
  • Narrated by: David Ackroyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

John Perkins has seen the signs of today's economic meltdown before. The subprime mortgage fiascos, the banking industry collapse, the rising tide of unemployment, the shuttering of small businesses are all too familiar symptoms of a far greater disease. In his former life as an economic hit man, he was on the front lines both as an observer and a perpetrator of events, once confined only to the third world, that have now sent the United States spiraling toward disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ethical hammer to predatory capitalism

  • By catherine jeffrey on 18-02-16

Hot air and little else

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

Reviewed: 02-12-11

Comes of as a manifesto, for Perkins' vision of a world were everybody behaves in a socially responsible way, more than a revelation of what led to the current credit crisis. Most of the book is about how the world would be better if we were all willing to pay a little more for our sneakers.

I also had a problem with the narrator, who has a nice soothing voice, that is easy to listen to. Sadly he is so easy on the ears, that I tended to drift off while listening and start thinking about grocery shopping etc.

I all the book is a bit of a let down, if you are looking for a 9 hour economic ideollogy, it is fine otherwise find something else

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Saints of New York

  • By: R. J Ellory
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

The death of a young heroin dealer occasions no great concern for New York PD Detective Frank Parrish. But when the victim's teenage sister winds up dead, questions are raised that have no clear answers. As the homicides continue a disturbing pattern emerges. And as Parrish struggles to come to terms with the broken pieces of his own life. he must discover the truth before more deaths occur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hooked

  • By James on 13-11-11

Which Clint eastwood do you like

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-11

If you prefer the old Eastwood, as seen in Million Dollar baby you will hate this book. If on the other hand you think Eastwood was never better than in his Harry Callahan days, this is the book for you. The 'hero' is pretty much a straight carbon copy of Dirty Harry, and the narrator does not want you to forget that, ensuring that everyone sounds like a character from 'Sudden Impact'. I cannot say whether it was the original story or the narrator the annoyed me the most, but together they made for a horrible listen, that will make me stay away from both in the future.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • In My Time

  • A Personal and Political Memoir
  • By: Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann, Dick Cheney
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In his unmistakable voice and with an insider's eye on history, former Vice President Dick Cheney tells the story of his life and the nearly four decades he has spent at the center of American politics and power. In My Time is truly the last word about an incredible political era, by a man who lived it and helped define it - with courage and without compromise.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 20 hours of Wikipedia

  • By Jakob on 27-09-11

20 hours of Wikipedia

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

Reviewed: 27-09-11

In any biography you are bound to have a section the author is famous for, in Dick Cheneys case alot of his 'fame' has to with the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq. Sadly this is something he is so aware of, that these wars along with his work as secretary of defence becomes the focal point of the book. Don't get me wrong this was in part why i bought the book, but I also wanted to learn more about the man Dick Cheney, which you only rarely happens.

Most off the book come of as a Wikipedia article, with few glimpses of what makes the man do what he does. This 'cold' calculating style may also be why he comes of as almost infallible, I lost count of the number of times he said 'It was the right decesion then and it still is...' Now I do not believe in anyone being perfect all the time, and part of a fun memoir is also learning about the persons regrets, but Cheney has only one. This was the part where he shot a hunting partner, but even here comes up with an explanation that makes it seem reasonable that he shot a man on the ground while hunting birds.

Don't get me wrong there are many mistakes mentioned, but it is either 'we were right in...' or 'sadly he went with his won decision', so the mistakes were never Cheneys and usually he knew the right choice.

I come away from the book feeling I have learned very little about the man Dick Cheney, but quite a bit about the VP & secretary of Defence Dick Cheney, sadly most I could learn on Wikipedia or in other books.