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  • Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edmund Phelps
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In this book, Nobel Prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps draws on a lifetime of thinking to make a sweeping new argument about what makes nations prosper--and why the sources of that prosperity are under threat today. Why did prosperity explode in some nations between the 1820s and 1960s, creating not just unprecedented material wealth but "flourishing"--meaningful work, self-expression, and personal growth for more people than ever before?

    Andy says: "unable to understand any of it"
    "Meh. Not worth the time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Mass Flourishing? What did you like least?

    The performance is excellent. The case is disjointed.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The author occasionally provides a thought provoking idea or observations, but none that can't be gleaned from other sources.


    Did Mass Flourishing inspire you to do anything?

    Write this review to save others from this diatribe.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot of economic books and am fairly well versed in this area and found this book not worth the time. The first half is yet another lesson in laissez faire libertarianism. As if anyone reading this book needs another lesson on the subject. The second half of the book is a long-winded diatribe that never seems to sum anything up. Concepts are fuzzy and policy prescriptions are seemingly at odds with the author's view. For example, he proposes a hands off government approach AND NEW GSEs or direct government involvement in banking in some cases. Some things in the book appear outright intellectually dishonest, such as his claim that mutual fund managers hold CEOs hostage to meet the quarterly numbers. This simply does not happen because MF managers don't have that kind of power! In almost the same breath, the author praises hedge fund managers as efficiently allocating the country's capital! Apparently, the author lives in some sort of academic bubble, preferring to apply what he thinks is the real world to his arguments. Both of these assertions couldn't be further from the truth.He goes so far as to criticize the younger generation for being too consumed with social media, for not knowing solitude and thus not being creative and having original thoughts. As if creativity and original thought hasn't exploded on the web! I picture an old curmudgeon writing that section while yelling out the window at kids to get off his lawn and proceeding to say "in my generation...". For someone supposedly writing on "progress", his own bias against modern technology is truly astounding.My review is already too long. Just get one of the many other books on the subject instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Supermoney

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Adam Smith
    • Narrated By Adam Zink
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Supermoney may be even more relevant today than when it was first published nearly 25 years ago. Written in the bright and funny style that became Adam Smith's trademark, this book gives a view inside institutions, professionals, and the nature of markets that has rarely been shown before or since.

    Paul says: "Supermoney"
    "Great book; terrible performance and editing"
    Overall
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    Story
    What didn’t you like about Adam Zink’s performance?

    Sounds like a high school senior is reading the book. In addition, the editing is worse than amateur- a lot of sentences have clear demarcations where an edit was inserted at a different volume!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack D. Schwager, Bruce Kovner, Richard Dennis, and others
    • Narrated By Jack D. Schwager
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (148)

    What separates the world's top traders from the vast majority of unsuccessful investors? Jack Schwager sets out to answer this question in his interviews with superstar money-makers including Bruce Kovner, Richard Dennis, Paul Tudor Jones, Michel Steinhardt, Ed Seykota, Marty Schwartz, Tom Baldwin, and more in Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders.

    XEVEN says: "ESSENTIAL"
    "Great book; poor reading"
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    What made the experience of listening to Market Wizards the most enjoyable?

    The concept and the content are excellent. The performance is irritating. I'm shocked no one caught two things in particular: First, "Keynesian" is pronounced "Cane-see-an" not "Kensianism"! Anyone with some economics would know that. Second, there are several places where the studio conversation is not edited out and you can hear things like "reading the interview answers now, go".


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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