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  • Beat the Crowd

  • How You Can Out-Invest the Herd by Thinking Differently
  • By: Kenneth L. Fisher, Elisabeth Dellinger
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

<>Beat the Crowd is the real contrarian's guide to investing, with comprehensive explanations of how a true contrarian investor thinks and acts - and why it works more often than not. Best-selling author Ken Fisher breaks down the myths and cuts through the noise to present a clear, unvarnished view of timeless market realities. He also points out the ways in which a contrarian approach to investing will outsmart the herd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • refreshing

  • By Mars on 10-05-2018

refreshing

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Reviewed: 10-05-2018

Suffering from Buffett, Munger and Graham induced indigestion? Read this book.

Apparently this review requires 15 words. That should do it.

  • Bargain Hunters, Contrarians, Cycles, and Waves

  • By: Janet Lowe, Ken Fisher
  • Narrated by: Louis Rukeyser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
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    4 out of 5 stars 1
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    3 out of 5 stars 1

Jean Paul Getty and John Templeton are great examples of "bargain hunters" or "contrarians" who seek to find promising stocks that are out of favor or fashion: and therefore undervalued. Slightly different are those who study cycles and waves to determine regular and (hopefully) predictable patterns of favor and disfavor in the market.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • let down by the first 4 chapters

  • By Mars on 26-03-2017

let down by the first 4 chapters

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Reviewed: 26-03-2017

Let down by the first four chapters. In my opinion, these were a waste of time. Otherwise, a worthy listen.

  • The Little Book of Stock Market Cycles (Little Books. Big Profits)

  • How to Take Advantage of Time-Proven Market Patterns
  • By: Jeffrey A. Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Bill Perry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
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    2 out of 5 stars 1
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    1 out of 5 stars 1

While predicting the direction of the stock market at any given point is difficult, it's a fact that the market exhibits well-defined and sometimes predictable patterns. While cycles do not repeat exactly all of the time, statistical evidence suggests that cyclical tendencies are very strong and should not be ignored by investors. The Little Book of Stock Market Cycles will show you how to profit from these recurring stock market patterns and cycles.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mush

  • By Mars on 30-11-2016

Mush

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Reviewed: 30-11-2016

Mush, tripe, baloney. I think that about covers it. Oh, that doesn't make 30 words. The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain. There, I think that should do it.

  • Charlie Munger

  • The Complete Investor
  • By: Tren Griffin
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway's visionary vice chairman and Warren Buffett's indispensable financial partner, has outperformed market indexes again and again, and he believes any investor can do the same. His notion of "elementary, worldly wisdom" - a set of interdisciplinary mental models involving economics, business, psychology, ethics, and management - allows him to keep his emotions out of his investments and avoid the common pitfalls of bad judgment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile

  • By Mars on 30-12-2015

Worthwhile

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Reviewed: 30-12-2015

Good intro for novice value investors and worthwhile recap for seasoned ones, and especially for fans of Charlie Munger.

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  • The Dao of Capital

  • Austrian Investing in a Distorted World
  • By: Mark Spitznagel, Ron Paul
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
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    4 out of 5 stars 4

As today's preeminent doomsday investor Mark Spitznagel describes his Daoist and roundabout investment approach, “one gains by losing and loses by gaining.” This is Austrian Investing, an archetypal, counterintuitive, and proven approach, gleaned from the 150-year-old Austrian School of economics, that is both timeless and exceedingly timely. The Dao of Capital provides a rare and accessible look through the lens of one of today's great investors to discover a profound harmony with the market process—a harmony that is so essential today.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • is it finished yet?!

  • By Mars on 20-12-2015

is it finished yet?!

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Reviewed: 20-12-2015

I enjoyed the final chapter. The authors perspective, and indeed an Austrian perspective, on "value" investing and on such luminaries as Ben Graham, was worthwhile and interesting.

The rest of the book, however, takes itself very seriously. I found it preachy and repetitive. The key points, whilst having merit, are laboured to the point of tedium.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The History of Christian Theology

  • By: Phillip Cary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Phillip Cary
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 14
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In this 36-lecture course, you'll find an engaging way to explore profound religious questions and the many responses believers, scholars, and theologians have developed over more than 2,000 years. Through this series, Professor Cary reveals the enduring power of the Christian tradition-as both an intellectual discipline and a spiritual path.These lectures begin at the very dawn of Christianity, as you examine some of the earliest examples of scripture recorded by the first communities of the faithful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exactly what I was looking for!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-2019

intriguing

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Reviewed: 10-10-2015

Professor Cary is passionate, compelling and highly engaging. He is wonderful to listen to. I am not religious, but still found this an absorbing journey.

  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

  • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 137
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    5 out of 5 stars 124
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    5 out of 5 stars 120

"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • engrossing!

  • By Mars on 10-10-2015

engrossing!

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Reviewed: 10-10-2015

Absolutely absorbing material with a wonderful delivery. I listened to it several times. Professor Wolfson is a superstar!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Comparative Religion

  • By: Charles Kimball, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Charles Kimball
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
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    3 out of 5 stars 4
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    3 out of 5 stars 4

Get a solid working knowledge of the spiritual beliefs that unite and divide us - as well as the perspective from the other side of these divisions. These 24 lectures offer you an opportunity to gain a solid grasp of the key ideas of religion itself - the issues that repeatedly surface when you look at any faith's beliefs, practices, and organization. Using five major religions - Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism - as illustrations of how religions can address the same core issues in parallel and different ways, Professor Kimball leads you on an exploration of religion's complex and multidimensional nature.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Omar on 15-01-2019

Interesting topic. Dull delivery.

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-10-2015

Topic should have provided for a fascinating journey. It's unfortunate that the narration was not engaging at all.

  • The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
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    5 out of 5 stars 5
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    5 out of 5 stars 5

In this course, an award-winning professor and New York Times best-selling author offers a penetrating investigation of the 24 most pivotal Christian controversies, shedding light on fallacies that obscure an accurate view of the religion and how it evolved into what it is today. In each lecture, you'll delve deeply into a key issue in Christianity's early development. Explore intriguing questions in this unique inquiry into the core of Christian tradition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • compelling

  • By Mars on 10-10-2015

compelling

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Reviewed: 10-10-2015

What made the experience of listening to The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History the most enjoyable?

Engrossing and eye-opening. Engaging narration.

What about Professor Bart D. Ehrman’s performance did you like?

Skillful narratation with a natural and engaging style.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

Should be manadatory for anyone that claims to be a devout Christian!

  • Advanced Investments

  • By: Steve L. Slezak, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steve L. Slezak
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

This is an advanced course for investors in the market, covering cutting-edge investment principles and practices used by professionals. You learn hands-on techniques for analyzing the central problem of investing: How to determine if a potential investment is a good deal. Employing concepts from probability and statistics, you learn how to measure risk accurately. Then you explore methods for determining if a given security, such as a stock or bond, will generate returns that compensate for its risk.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • investment for academics!

  • By Mars on 09-10-2015

investment for academics!

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-2015

Want to become a better investor? My advice, learn from the great investors. Don't waste your time with academics.