I am not an economist. But I dare say that I am better educated in economics now than most who claim the profession. I was fascinated by the direct relevence to modern economy that Mr. Smith's views of the English monetary system bare out.
Quite often I did get lost in the quantities of money mentioned (One Million four hundred thirty thousand pounds, 62 shilling, eight pence, etc.), however, the concepts are marvelous. Going into this book I knew nothing about Adam Smith (maybe he was mentioned in my Econ 100 class?). I am convinced that this man was a genius in the workings of money.
His discussion on Stock; Rotating, Capital, etc was quite beneficial to my current medical practice. As I have listened to this book I have come to better understand my role as physician, office manager, computer support, and marketer. I used to think that I was doing well, making more money than most physicians in my specialty, however, I certainly don't make enough to compensate me for all of the full-time employees jobs that I do personally.
As such I have redefined my own business plan, streamlining and outsourcing much of the non-physician work I was doing. And... I am making more money because of it. Another reviewer here said this book wasn't relevant to our time. I say, Ha! Listen again, and LISTEN this time!
Everyone told me to read books about Adam Smith and not to read Adam himself. They were correct. He goes on and on and on. It is good in small doses but start young.
This recording sounds like it was badly copied from a well-worn cassette tape from the 1980's. In fact, i think it was. In addition, the recording is badly produced, with gaps and abrupt transitions to new chapters that don't help to guide the listener as to what is coming. I hesitate to even comment on the performer as the bad quality prevents me from always understanding him.
I don't know if sound editing software was used to clean it. I hope not. If the answer is yes, and there is nothing more technically which can be done, then at least a buyers beware notice should be attached, noting this is most definitely NOT up to the level to which other audible products are recorded.
In summary, we need a new recording.
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The book itself was great. The sound quality was terrible! It sounded like listening to a radio in 1960.
The content of the material was brilliant.
This book should be re-read and recorded with more current technology.
Better quality recording. More dynamic reading -- I give him 3 stars because he gave difficult material a sincere effort. Over all, this is very important material that should have been given a better production.
The quality of the recording and the difficulty of 200 year old, heavy philosophical writing style makes complicated material even more so.
The Wealth of Nations is a timeless work on economics that even though published in 1776 it is very relevant for today. It provides a great history of our free market economy. The material is great but the audio quality is not. There is varying audio levels within the reading and requires that you really crank up the volume to be able to hear the reader.
This is a horrible recording. I've read the book, and admire it...I was hoping for a good audio version. Since I can't give zero stars, let's let the one star stand for an expletive. Audible.com should be ashamed, refund credits to all who have bought it, pull it from their library, and get a new recording. This one sounds like it was made in the 1970s on a portable cassette player with the tapes left in the cellar to mold......But I'll be back to buy a decent recording of it.
I have this book in print as well. I would look for a print book to read, for better understanding. The subject is really complex and just listening while doing other things and get the full understanding is almost impossible. I like this version to hear the book over again to re-enforce what I have studied before. The techniques in this book are so powerful in predicting what the economy will do, it is indispensable to everyone.
It is a great audiobook and a great value but the voice used to read it is recorded so as to sound like a computer. I'd still like to reccomend it though.