The content and accessibility of the facts presented.
Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" from a non-fiction standpoint and Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" as a fictional example of the policies which Thomas Sowell lays out.
I don't ever plan on listening to books all in one sitting since many of them would take continuous listening for quite some time. This one would have taken over 24 straight hours. I usually listen to books while running, hiking, skiing, swimming (swiMP3) or biking. Activities which I only usually do for a few hours at a time. I love being able to listen to/read a book this way. I get through many more books that I would otherwise be able to enjoy.
I highly recommend this book and think that every literate person in the world should read it. And if they aren't literate, they should learn how to read... so that they could read this book. I hate it when people are taken advantage of. This book shows you how politicians take advantage of the very people they're pretending to help. When they say they're going to pass a policy which will help an inner city or poor person (as an example), the policy they pass only serves to further enslave them or tax them even more.
Yes - Mr. Sowell seems to have a brilliant understanding and explanation about the subject.
Sounded very much like a good professor.
Not possible - too much information
Really needed to replay several passages for understanding but can't seem to reverse with my MP3 using your software. Why not??
This update seemed to really clear up some of the fuzzy edges of the prevoius version and Is worth a listen.
Yes, but not possible due to the length.
I would try another book by Thomas Sowell. This one is a good summary of basic economic concepts, that are explained well. The narration by Tom Weiner is excellent.
I would recommend Basic Economics to a friend that is looking for a book that explains the basic concepts of economics. It is easy to follow and Sowell makes the concepts easy to understand by using common sense examples.
Weiner brings the book to life. It started off slow, but Weiner kept me in it with his narration and authentic style.
Basic Economics was worth the 24 hours of listening time either as an introduction to economics or a tune up for someone who is in the real world having studied these concepts in college.
This book teaches you to think about the incentives created by certain economics decisions made by our governments, rather than the initial goals. Thomas Sowell gives us many examples in favor of free-market, price driven economic policy and Tom Weiner keeps the listener interested with a good pace.
I would never read a text.
Socialism. Their way of life is understandably hard.
How a 'Free Market' works & why it's better.
The book explains the basics of economics in simple language. The author uses real world examples from multiple eras, nations and economic systems, along with more basic thought experiments from everyday life. He does an excellent job hammering home the basic by using progressively more nuanced real world scenarios.
I usually only listen to sci-fi or fantasy books, but I could not put this down. I'm going to buy the hard copy for my wife who doesn't like audiobooks. It's worth buying twice!
I was a little put off by the aerator at first because I kept thinking, "why is a Pearson's Puppeteer explaining economics?"
Thomas Sowell gives very clear explaination of economics with many detailed examples. I will be looking into others books by him.
weeding & witeing
well taught - engaging
clear teaching - excellent content
the narrator was fine - not hard to listen to
maybe some smiles & plenty of insights
I loved the current and historical examples that were used to flesh out points rather than just dry theorizing.
It helped me review basic economic concepts in an interesting and understandable way.
No I did like his voice
Thomas Sowell is a brilliant thinker and very clear writer.