This book is one of the most important work that contributes to the development of economics. Although the content is unquestionably great, the voice of which reads the book sounds absolutely dull and terrible. It would be best if you purchase another version of this book, hopefully get a better voice.
Having heard, for years, about Adam Smith and the "invisible hand" from free market protagonists, I decided to hear for myself exactly what this author had written. Wow. His writings are taken out of context to the point of being unrecognizable. That "invisible hand" simply means that when people are industrious, they are contributing to the entire society despite working for their own gain. That`s it. End of story. It does NOT mean that making a profit at any cost is justified, as most quoters would have their listeners/readers believe.
For other listeners, only take on this book if getting a first hand account of a great thinkers words will have meaning. Audible HAS to offer a better quality version, though.
The scope and importance of Smith's ideas are breathtaking, but be prepared to listen to long proofs and explanations that have little interest. The recording is nowhere near stellar, but it is not so bad once you get used to it. It is very gratifying to get these ideas straight from the source, and the book is a great deal if you use a book credit. HIghly recommended for those with an interest in Economics.
Family on the move.
This is not a book for the casual reader/listener. This will test the very limits of your endurance when it comes to listening to the many statistics he utters again and again in the listing of prices of various goods and services at various times. That said, this book is still remarkably fresh and useful for being more than 2 centuries old.
If you are looking for the real deal here it is, if you are looking for an easy-to-read summary of economics history look elsewhere.
I kept drifting to wonderng whether I had just downloaded a text to speech version of Wealth of Nations. It was intolerable.
Semi retired small business person/ college professor/ investor.
It is amazing what this man figured out with what little data he had to work with. This book is a great insight to a great mind. There are a few times you will have to tune out what the price of corn is in pounds, shillings and pence but it is well worth wading through. There are many people who will tell you what Adam Smith thought and it turns out many are wrong. It is worth hearing from the horse’s mouth even if it is in old English.