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  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs, Michael Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873

The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar's Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly. It has taken the world's greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar's Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-Primes for Dummies

  • By Olivier on 23-01-13

Dense financial detail made accessible

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

Reviewed: 26-08-16

What did you like best about this story?

Explores complex minutae but in a way that illustrates the big picture about the financial industry as a whole

What does Michael Lewis and Jesse Boggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I think I might have bogged down in the detail reading it myself

Any additional comments?

Anyone who wants to know how the financial crisis happened would find this very interesting

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,744
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,327

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma? Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You get what you pay for

  • By Ico on 06-10-11

Audio definitely better than print here

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

What made the experience of listening to I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan the most enjoyable?

Having coogan narrate as partridge was brilliant and they way the book tied into events from the tv and radio shows was very clever.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Agp. You actually got a sense of why Alan is like he is, completely canonical.

Any additional comments?

Any fan of partridge should not hesitate.

  • The Mayor of MacDougal Street

  • A Memoir
  • By: Dave Van Ronk, Elijah Wald
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Dave Van Ronk was one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk revival, but he was far more than that. A pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of the ’60s, he was also a marvelous storyteller, a peerless musical historian, and one of the most quotable figures on the Village scene. The Mayor of MacDougal Street is a firsthand account by a major player in the social and musical history of the ’50s and ’60s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • conversational and enjoyable memoir

  • By Philip A. on 29-07-16

conversational and enjoyable memoir

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

Reviewed: 29-07-16

Any additional comments?

Conversational style, van ronk has a refreshing philosophical stance on his past even things others may be bitter about. He is able to laugh at himself while also puttImg his point of view across. His development as a musician is fascinating as are the stories about Dylan, Phil Ochs, Rev Gary Davis and Mississippi John hurt. Well narrated and for fans of inside llewyn Davis it is interesting to see what the Coens pulled from it.