Successfully against the odds I learnt life's path, rules and history by osmosis due to a modest yet real reading barrier. Now I can embrace history, classics and pulp with the spoken word. Thanks Audible
an enlightened way
Charles darwin's Origin of the Species
The Rob Shipiro input allows you to feel the emotion and desperation emphasis which the book alone can't deliver
It made me rethink current populist economic dogma just like Origin of the Species on how man was created and to free myself from a self serving economic religion.
You must read this to understand the fundamental wrong headed ness of current ecomomic dogma
I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
Not only interesting, thought provoking and endlessly informative, this is an important book that can help shape the national debate. Today, more than any time in recent memory, the average voter and citizen needs to have a passing understanding of the economy and what makes it tick. That will drastically change the way that we talk about monetary policy and how to get people back to work. This book, more than any other I've read, accomplishes all these goals while being - surprisingly - a fun and straightforward read.
The narration is good, the logical progression of basic ideas into theory into concrete examples from the recent past makes sense and it's so relevent and timely it's almost painful. This is a great book, fun and intelligent wihtout pretension or the need to dumb things down for the reader. Also, more than being a great book, it's an important one. Please buy it. Then tell your friends about it.
It provides a very logical explanation of what led to the great recession and what can be done to get us out of it. He also details what is wrong-headed about the concentration on deficits and how spending less will actually prolong the problem. Furthermore, he provides EVIDENCE rather than hust an ideological position.
I certainly would recommend it to several friends. We have a group thinking about economic issues and I want to suggest this book as one we should discuss.
It didn't exactly have memorable moments as it was not a novel, but his idea that the way to end the depression is with greater government stimulus to get more people working and therefore spending makes all kinds of sense to me. And the author backs up his thinking with studies and visuals that are highly convincing.
Rob Shapiro read complicated passages clearly. The main advantage for hearing this book rather than reading it was the ability to listen while I'm driving. For study purposes, I may very well buy the actual book.
This book probably wouldn't lend itself to film-making.
I'm excited about Krugman's ideas and want to think about how to spread them to a wider audience.
The nice thing about the print version is the ability to jump back and forth in the text to re-familiarize yourself with issues pertaining to your current position in the book.
However I wouldn't be able to read the book during my commute or organizing the basement, so I think the audio book wins this one.
Heh, previous PK books.
Shapiro does a nice job. He use of inflection and tone keeps the read entertaining and never sleep-walks through the performance.
Not an option, sadly. But I could have!
Krugman is always good.
This a must read. We all need to educate ourselves. There is too much conflicting noise on the airways. Mr Krugman has done an excellent job explaining how we got into this economical mess. And his voice is one of sanity on the road out of the mess. Do yourself a favor and listen.
I agree with him in that we have been lead down this path by greed and ignorance.
clear, correct, and compelling
This audiobook is perhaps the best I've heard on economics and related topics. The writing is clear and the arguments are compelling. The only downside is that Krugman makes the emotional anguish of living through a depression worse by showing how it is self-inflicted (or more accurately, inflicted by ideological leaders and misguided economists who have not thought clearly about what a depression really is). The performance is also excellent.
Yes, because it it economic effects that every voter should understand. The country's economy is of major concern to a majority of voters. They should read the solution that this well respected economist offers.
What politicians offer are sound bytes.
I was angry that most citizens will not hear this information.
When you finish listening to it, send it to your congressman on a $30 mp3 player and tell them as your representative you expect them to listen and learn.
Paul Krugman has once again made economics accessible and yet not remotely oversimplified. One wonders why that Nobel laureate can't get more attention for his ideas. After all,he has the evidence of why it works and his detractors have the track record that should shame them.
I give 4 stars for performance because it was not read by Krugman but I have to admit that Shapiro does a great job of channeling Krugman's personality: the little asides; the throwaway lines; the occasional cheekiness.
I hope one day that this book is out of date but for now it is spot on and something everyone should read.