LISTENER

Garry

  • 3
  • reviews
  • 2
  • helpful votes
  • 12
  • ratings
  • Leviathan

  • The History of Whaling in America
  • By: Eric Jay Dolin
  • Narrated by: James Boles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Here is the epic history of the "iron men in wooden boats" who built an industrial empire through the pursuit of whales. This absorbing history demonstrates that few things can capture the sheer danger and desperation of men on the deep sea as dramatically as whaling. This sweeping social and economic history provides rich and often fantastic accounts of the men themselves, who mutinied, murdered, rioted, deserted, drank, scrimshawed, and recorded their experiences in journals and memoirs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Garry on 19-05-2019

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 19-05-2019

Imagine a world that was so dependent upon whale oil that people sailed in ships made of wood for many thousands of miles into dangerous seas, arctic seas, tropical seas and more for years at a time to harvest the great creatures. This book dives deeply into how the whaling enterprise began with a trickle and then developed over hundreds of years, across continents and past the highs and lows of wars and political change.

Whilst truly sad for the whalers and the whales, this is a document of great scope. Truly fascinating and well worth your time to learn more about how we got to where we are on the backs of the whale.

  • What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

  • By: Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan, Jack Schwager (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Jim Paul's meteoric rise took him from a small town in Northern Kentucky to governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, yet he lost it all - his fortune, his reputation, and his job - in one fatal attack of excessive economic hubris. In this honest, frank analysis, Paul and Brendan Moynihan revisit the events that led to Paul's disastrous decision and examine the psychological factors behind bad financial practices in several economic sectors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quite entertaining but convoluted

  • By Anonymous User on 02-07-2018

Quite possibly the most important book for market participants

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

Reviewed: 26-01-2018

My key takeaway from this book is summarised as follows

1 there are many methods of approaching markets to make money . My job is to find those that suit me

2 whatever method is used to make money I think that the difference between a successful market participant and the unsuccessful is how losses are managed

3 to manage well I need a plan. I need tools to implement the plan. And I need discipline to stick to the plan.

Enjoyable and informative book. Big thanks

  • The Third Chimpanzee

  • The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet - having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art - while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new perspective on so many things human

  • By Garry on 10-11-2016

A new perspective on so many things human

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

Reviewed: 10-11-2016

Why do we do what we do ?

Why did we do things in the past?

What happens in the near future if we keep it up?

This book provides more answers to those questions than most

Personally I think Jared should rename this book I to something way more provocative you'll understand this suggestion most likely upon completion !

Definitely worth your time!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful