Huge fan of the Sh*t My Dad Says blog, and even read the first book. There was BARELY enough interesting content for one book; nowhere near enough for two.
I was sure that some of the previous reviewers had it wrong, but they were spot on. I'm a fan of the Cohen Brothers, so perhaps I'm less miffed than most might be, but the book REALLY IS VERY LITTLE MORE THAN SYNOPSES OF THEIR MOVIES. There's some talk of common elements and themes, but no real other insight or background information. Interesting, but anyone expecting more than Cliff's Notes on Cohen movies will likely be disappointed.
Like The Matrix? Like Agent Smith? Ever wish Agent Smith would read to you as you fall asleep? This is the book for you!
Narration is awful. Monotone, pauses and emphasis on words and phrases that have no business being emphasized. REALLY hard to get through. Decent content, but hard to focus.
I was really disappointed by this second installation of Freakanomics. It seemed that the issues addressed this time around were merely dressing on underlying political issues. I JUST finished it, and still, I can remember more from the first book than this one. This book may have been able to stand on its own, but presenting it as a sequel, of sorts, attempts to bestow undue credibility from the first onto the second; it didn't work. Knowing what I know now, I would have spent the credit on something else.
Enjoying the content of the book, but it sounds like it's being read by Agent Smith from the Matrix. Slow, over-enunciation, and dramatic emphasis on words and phrases that needn't be dramatically emphasized.
Outstanding and thought provoking. Essential for anyone who is not willing to be a corporate slave, who wants more time and the ability to live on their own terms. I was amazed at how dramatic my paradigm shifted, and how I percieve work and my time differently. After listening to it, I bought the hard cover to study it more thoroughly.
Don't judge a book by it's cover; the cover was interesting, the book stunk. The content is packaged deceptively, and is misleading regarding content.
Don't get me wrong; if you're looking for a gigantic collection of seemingly unrelated psychology studies without conclusion or implication, then this is your book. However, the description of this book and the actual content are extremely different. Frankly, I didn't get anything out of it. I only finished it out of sheer un-human amounts perseverence and grit.
Confessions of an Economic Hitman is an extremely interesting and eye-opening book. It gave me insights into ecomonimc development (and entrapment) that were completely new to me. It permanantly skewed how I will see and understand economic "progress," and my views on how many things are truly influenced and controlled by forces that are often unseen.
In all honesty, it is a little long in places, but I think that this comes from having false expectations; I guess I was expecting a book with "hitman" in the title to have more hitting.
Economics and foreign involvment is boring to a lot of people; it's interesting to me, and I'd recommend the book the anyone else who is interested as well.
The book read like a textbook, which means that the approach was dry at times and occasionally hard to follow. The information was useful, but it was tough to pick out the valuable parts every now and then. The narrarator was terrible, monotone, and miserable. I'd rather read the book myself than liste to him read it.
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