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  • The Bitcoin Standard

  • The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking
  • By: Saifedean Ammous
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 57

When a pseudonymous programmer introduced “a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party” to a small Online mailing list in 2008, very few paid attention. Ten years later, and against all odds, this upstart autonomous decentralized software offers an unstoppable and globally-accessible hard money alternative to modern central banks. The Bitcoin Standard analyzes the historical context to the rise of Bitcoin, the economic properties that have allowed it to grow quickly, and its likely economic, political, and social implications.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A History and Future of Money

  • By David on 26-06-2019

Very informative and thought-provoking

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

Reviewed: 31-12-2018

A great overview of Bitcoin and the reasons it was created. The first half of the book - which covers a history of 'hard' money and 'soft' or 'easy' money - is interesting in itself, but more importantly provides the essential context for the following exposition of Bitcoin, its purpose and its potential. A really good piece of work.

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  • No Spin

  • By: Shane Warne, Mark Nicholas
  • Narrated by: Rhys Muldoon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

In No Spin, Shane sets the record straight. From his extraordinary family history to his childhood as a budding Aussie Rules footballer in suburban Melbourne. From the legendary 'Gatting ball' to his history-making 700th Test wicket. From the controversy surrounding the diuretic pill in South Africa to his high-profile relationship with Hollywood star Elizabeth Hurley. Nothing is off limits, and Shane tackles it all with his trademark directness and humour.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional and insightful account

  • By Mark on 18-11-2018

Exceptional and insightful account

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

Reviewed: 18-11-2018

I highly recommend this superb autobiography. The delivery and style is true to the subject and delivers a genuine and honest account and insights. I am a cricket fan which is reason enough to love this book, but I also found the perspectives on people management and leadership style really thought-provoking and enlightening. Thanks Shane (and Mark) for putting this together!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Collusion

  • How Central Bankers Rigged the World
  • By: Nomi Prins
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In this searing exposé, former Wall Street insider Nomi Prins shows how the 2007-2008 financial crisis turbo-boosted the influence of central bankers and triggered a massive shift in the world order. Packed with tantalizing details about the elite players orchestrating the world economy, Collusion takes the listener inside the most discreet conversations at exclusive retreats like Jackson Hole and Davos. A work of meticulous reporting and bracing analysis, Collusion will change the way we understand the new world of international finance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great piece of work, Nomi Prins

  • By Mark on 20-09-2018

Great piece of work, Nomi Prins

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

Reviewed: 20-09-2018

A forensic account of central banks' policies and operations since the GFC. The concluding chapter pulls no punches but it is hard to resist Nomi Prins' thesis on the back of the historical account of the last decade of 'money conjuring'.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Road to Ruin

  • The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis
  • By: James Rickards
  • Narrated by: James Rickards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook of The Road to Ruin, written and read by James Rickards. The global economy has made what seems like an incredible comeback after the financial crisis of 2008. Yet this comeback is artificial. Central banks have propped up markets by keeping interest rates low and the supply of money free-flowing. They won't bail us out again next time. And there will be a next time...soon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a read/listen

  • By 087 on 04-04-2017

Excellent and timely account of systemic risk

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-2017

Very interesting and topical approach to the assessment of risk in a more complex and interconnected global financial system.

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  • The New Case for Gold

  • By: James Rickards
  • Narrated by: James Rickards
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In The New Case for Gold, James Rickards explains why gold is one of the safest assets for investors in times of political instability and market volatility and how every investor should look to add gold to his or her portfolio. Drawing on historical case studies, monetary theory and his personal experience as an investor, Rickards argues that gold should be a part of any prudent investor's portfolio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear, direct and very relevant

  • By Roy Gee on 05-10-2016

Rickards presents an excellent and timely thesis.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-2017

James Rickards presents a thoughtful and timely analysis of gold's role today, especially in the context of a larger and more complex global system of finance and markets.