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Paul

Wynnewood, PA, USA

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  • The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (166)

    In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

    G Barth says: "Very worthwhile listen!"
    "Good read, great Ideas"
    Overall

    Enjoyed it from front to back. Theory and anecdote blend well to introduce important and powerful ideas. Made me think. Doesn't get much better than that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • New World Coming: The 1920s and the Making of Modern America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nathan Miller
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Jazz. Bootleggers. Flappers. Talkies. Model T Fords. Lindbergh's history-making flight over the Atlantic. The 1920s was also the decade of the hard-won vote for women, racial injustice, censorship, social conflict, and the birth of organized crime.

    Charles Stembridge says: "My High School History Class Never Told"
    "Remarkably Engaging"
    Overall

    Surprisingly compelling. Disturbingly relevant. A good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Notes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Angela Cheyne
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Charles Dickens made the first of 3 trips to the United States in 1842, when he was 30 and already famous, having written several novels including The Pickwick Papers. This book begins dockside in London and recounts his escapades throughout his journey in a witty and conversational style, with his characteristic irreverence. This work will make Americans acknowledge the debt owed by Twain, Mencken, and others to Dickens, the foremost man of letters of his day.

    Mark says: "Poor sound quality"
    "19th Century America Comes to life"
    Overall

    Dickens. 19th Century America. Caring, Sensitive, yet stuck in the confines of his time. The piece about Easton prison so echoes the tale of two cities, you will shudder in horror.

    Realities of transportation illuminate the cultural realities of our country in that time in a way history cannot.

    Going from prison to poorhouse to orphanage from town to town is a funny but revealing way to travel.

    Read all the way to the post-script.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mark Skousen
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Here is a bold new history of economics, the dramatic story of how the great economic thinkers built a rigorous social science without peer.

    David says: "Fair Review of the Men Behind Modern Economics"
    "Conclusory, Boring, Repititious"
    Overall

    Way too much time on biography and academic politics.

    Discussion of the concepts, theories and studies of Modern Economics is almost completely missing.

    People he agrees with seem to have led better lives than people he disagrees with.

    Worst part is that the book is formatted poorly for reading aloud. Long section headings precede topic sentences that repeat the content of the section heading and deprive the section of any surprises.

    I recommend you read something else.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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