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B. van Caspel

Melbourne, Australia
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  • The House of Morgan

  • An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 34 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

A gripping history of banking and the booms and busts that shaped the world on both sides of the Atlantic, The House of Morgan traces the trajectory of the J. P.Morgan empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the crash of 1987. Ron Chernow paints a fascinating portrait of the private saga of the Morgans and the rarefied world of the American and British elite in which they moved. Based on extensive interviews and access to the family and business archives, The House of Morgan is an investigative masterpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid history of a institution

  • By B. van Caspel on 27-03-2017

Solid history of a institution

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

Reviewed: 27-03-2017

This was the exact type of book I hoped for, something that explained in detail the history for the Morgan banks with many sub stories that highlight everyday life, politics and business in each era.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alibaba

  • The House That Jack Ma Built
  • By: Duncan Clark
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

In just a decade and a half, Jack Ma, a man from modest beginnings who started out as an English teacher, founded Alibaba and built it into one of the world's largest companies, an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Alibaba's $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the largest global IPO ever. A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and presidents around the world, Jack is an icon for China's booming private sector.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring but narrated by wrong person

  • By alexkusuma on 30-05-2017

Good, solid business biography

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

Reviewed: 11-09-2016

Having listened to a lot of business biographies, this one moves at a decent pace and gets into the right details. A balance of personal and business narrative as they both go through different challenges. I found this really helpful and leads me to want to know more about China's tech landscape.

What was annoying was how the narrator mispronounces many of the Chinese names and words, it would have been good if the narrator nailed them before recording the book. It throws you out of what is otherwise a well narrated book.

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  • Exposure

  • Inside the Olympus Scandal: How I Went from CEO to Whistleblower
  • By: Michael Woodford
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Shortly after Michael Woodford was made President and CEO of Olympus, his dream job turned into a nightmare. After discovering a series of bizarre mergers and acquisitions deals totalling $1.7 billion, he turned to his fellow executives and within weeks he was fired in a boardroom coup that shocked the international business world. Woodford went straight to the press - becoming the first CEO of a multinational to blow the whistle on his own company.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A view from the inside

  • By B. van Caspel on 26-11-2015

A view from the inside

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

Reviewed: 26-11-2015

I really appreciated hearing a first person perspective of what it's like to be exposed to an extreme situation in business.

The narrator was top notch but could do with learning how to correctly pronounce the most basic Japanese words to the same degree they can do various accents.

  • Supreme Commander

  • MacArthur's Triumph in Japan
  • By: Seymour Morris
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

He is the most-decorated general in American history - and the only five-star general to receive the Medal of Honor. Yet Douglas MacArthur’s greatest victory was not in war but in peace. As the uniquely titled Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, he was charged with transforming a defeated, militarist empire into a beacon of peace and democracy - "the greatest gamble ever attempted", he called it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By B. van Caspel on 24-11-2015

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 24-11-2015

Loved learning more about a much unsung successful of US occupation.

Laid out MacArthur's involvement in Japan very well.

As this is the first audiobook I've listened to that's not narrated by the author that might explain why it was a bit wordy sometimes and more like a read sermon but performed clearly and well.