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Robert Barwick

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  • The Spider Network

  • The Wild Story of a Maths Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History
  • By: David Enrich
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

In 2006 an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor - the London interbank offered rate, which determines the interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide - was set daily by a group of easily manipulated administrators, and they could reap huge profits by nudging it fractions of a percent to suit their trading portfolios. This group generated incredible riches - until it all unraveled in spectacularly vicious, backstabbing fashion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another tale of a scapegoat

  • By Robert Barwick on 11-12-2018

Yet another tale of a scapegoat

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-2018

This book will make you feel sorry for the supposed mastermind of Libor-rigging, not because he wasn't a crook (although whether he realised it is debatable), but because he was made the scapegoat to protect top executives at some of the world's most powerful banks.

  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs, Michael Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

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
  • Better than the movie

  • By Robert Barwick on 17-09-2018

Better than the movie

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-2018

The movie was brilliant, as it helped everyday people make sense of the complex shenanigans that caused the crisis. The book is even better, an indispensable resource for anyone trying to understand the potpourri of derivatives at the centre of the mess.

  • Surveillance Valley

  • The Secret Military History of the Internet
  • By: Yasha Levine
  • Narrated by: LJ Ganser
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In this fascinating book, investigative reporter Yasha Levine uncovers the secret origins of the Internet, tracing it back to a Pentagon counterinsurgency surveillance project. With deep research, skilled storytelling, and provocative arguments, Surveillance Valley will change the way you think about the news - and the device on which you read it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning - out-Snowdens Snowden!

  • By Robert Barwick on 03-09-2018

Stunning - out-Snowdens Snowden!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-2018

This book is the ultimate eye-opener, about the ubiquitous network infrastructure that controls the world.

  • Red Sparrow

  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

A Russian honey trap agent targets a young CIA operative to uncover a mole at the Russian Intelligence service. Dominika Egorov, is sucked into the heart of Putin's Russia, and spat out as the twists and turns of betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel. American Nate Nash handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA's biggest assets. Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action-packed!

  • By Mary-Alice on 24-10-2015

Propaganda

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-2018

Because I believe I should look for the good in everything, I will say the recipes at the end of each chapter are great. The rest is GARBAGE. It should be terrifying to everybody that CIA officers can be so indoctrinated into a belief that Russia represents pure evil, as this author is. He uses a psychological condition to not-so-subtly paint the CIA as the epitome of goodness and right, and Russia and Putin as evil. Sorry, the greatest evil perpetrated in the 21st century was the illegal invasion of Iraq on deliberate lies, and that was the CIA. Russia and Putin were in the right on that defining event. The CIA mindset revealed by this book is why the world is on danger of a nuclear showdown.

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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 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

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

Overwhelming evidence

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-2018

Nomi Prins has amassed the evidence to prove that, since the 2008 crash, most of the world's central banks, except China's, have colluded to prop up the private banks that caused the crisis, at the expense of the public who were the victims of the crisis. Collusion proves the system needs a major overhaul, beginning with a Glass-Steagall separation of banking that serves the real economy, from the mess of speculation and derivatives that is the cancer in the global financial system.

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  • Murder in Mississippi

  • By: John Safran
  • Narrated by: John Safran
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

The internationally acclaimed true-crime story you have to hear to believe. Taking us places only John Safran can, Murder in Mississippi paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tops

  • By Tami Sussman on 05-08-2017

An awkward, authentic investigation

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-2018

There's no one quite like John Safran. Perhaps not intentionally, he stamps his personality over this attempt at a true crime story, which makes it both riveting and hilarious. And his personal narration is essential. I've come to the conclusion that only John Safran can ever narrate a John Safran audiobook.

  • All the Presidents' Bankers

  • The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power
  • By: Nomi Prins
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Nomi Prins ushers us into the intimate world of exclusive clubs, vacation spots, and Ivy League universities that binds presidents and financiers. She unravels the multi-generational blood, intermarriage, and protégé relationships that have confined national influence to a privileged cluster of people. This unprecedented history of American power illuminates how financiers have retained their authoritative position through history, swaying presidents regardless of party affiliation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece of thorough and original research.

  • By Robert Barwick on 05-01-2018

A masterpiece of thorough and original research.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-2018

The mysteries of banking power fuel countless conspiracy theories about how the banks control politics. Through thorough research, Nomi Prins demystifies the interface between the USA's leading bankers and their contemporary presidents over the past century. She lays bare the manipulations that advanced banking power, but also demonstrates how, in the case of FOR, a strong president committed to the general welfare of the population, was able to bend the bankers to his will. This book confirmed to me that the FED model must be revived, if the world is to recover from the present financial quagmire.

  • To Kill the President

  • By: Sam Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    1.5 out of 5 stars 2

The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford 'Mac' McNamara. When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the president comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes. Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the president - and faces the ultimate moral dilemma.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Demented fantasy

  • By Robert Barwick on 26-11-2017

Demented fantasy

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-2017

Jonathan Freedland, establishment shill that he is, has projected the nightmare fantasy of mainstream liberals that Trump is evil incarnate, and therefore his assassination is justified. Although the hero makes a token effort to stop the assassination, nevertheless the reader/listener is effectively incited to want the killing to succeed, in the way we wish Hitler had been assassinated. Freedland doesn't even try to disguise his presidential character is Trump. The author's political commentary, including his vicious attacks on the anti-war UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is virtually the opposite of Trump but nevertheless also a political outsider, show he is not a normal author, but has an agenda, which is to defend the establishment. Therefore I regard the intention behind this book as dangerous.
That said, it gets humorous in parts. For instance, the assassin reassures himself that only conspiracy nuts will think the assassination is a conspiracy, when in fact that is exactly what it is! Freedland is on record ridiculing JFK conspiracy theorists, yet he can only make his assination story credible by making it a conspiracy.
Otherwise, the narration is excellent.