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My own mistake I guess

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3 out of 5 stars
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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.

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.

3 people found this helpful

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.

6 people found this helpful

Hot air and little else

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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

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Which Clint eastwood do you like

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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 people found this helpful

20 hours of Wikipedia

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2 out of 5 stars
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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.