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  • Fifth Business

  • The Deptford Trilogy, Book 1
  • Written by: Robertson Davies
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
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This first novel in The Deptford Trilogy introduces Ramsay, a man who returns from World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross but who is destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As we hear Ramsey tell his story, we begin to realize that, from childhood, he has influenced those around him in a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!!

  • By Raven Mad on 2018-05-09

Brilliant!!!

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Reviewed: 2018-05-09

Now I have 5 Canadian authors to hold dear ... so far. But this book cannot be compared to anything I have ever read and my preferences flow from economics, archaeology, genetics and the quantum world to fantasy and sci-fi to Coelho and David Mitchell. But this book was like no other and it is a wonder. I am very satisfied at having discovered it for my self and my self's enjoyment!!

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  • Tower of Basel

  • The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank that Runs the World
  • Written by: Adam LeBor
  • Narrated by: John Mawson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
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Tower of Basel is the first investigative history of the world’s most secretive global financial institution. Based on extensive archival research in Switzerland, Britain, and the United States, and in-depth interviews with key decision-makers including Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve; Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England; and former senior Bank for International Settlements managers and officials.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration, Important Content

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-05-28

important read

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Reviewed: 2018-03-01

financial literacy is the least attended topic in the world it seems. Mr Lebor is trying to rectify that and he presents us all with an opportunity to open our eyes and to see how the financial system and bankers rule our lives. more people need to wake to the reality.

  • The Ascent of Money

  • A Financial History of the World
  • Written by: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
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Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Financial literacy for the masses

  • By Raven Mad on 2017-12-24

Financial literacy for the masses

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Reviewed: 2017-12-24

yes loved this book and I am an economist and quant. everyone should read it. but it is more than a great overview on the financial system. It is so well written it is like having a good book read to you as you kick back, relax and listen!
It couldn't be any easier than this.

  • Plutocrats

  • The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else
  • Written by: Chrystia Freeland
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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There has always been some gap between rich and poor in this country, but in the last few decades what it means to be rich has changed dramatically. Alarmingly, the greatest income gap is not between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, but within the wealthiest 1 percent of our nation-as the merely wealthy are left behind by the rapidly expanding fortunes of the new global super-rich. Forget the 1 percent; Plutocrats proves that it is the wealthiest 0.1 percent who are outpacing the rest of us at break-neck speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not only a good read but a good lesson<br /><br />

  • By Raven Mad on 2017-12-01

Not only a good read but a good lesson<br /><br />

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Reviewed: 2017-12-01

Filled with interesting stats to back up the premises and also interesting quotes and anecdotes but ultimately the conclusions are what count
Good general overview for those of you who aren't economists...

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