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  • Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World's Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Raghuram Rajan
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson

    Raghuram Rajan was one of the few economists who warned of the global financial crisis before it hit. Now, as the world struggles to recover, it's tempting to blame what happened on just a few greedy bankers who took irrational risks and left the rest of us to foot the bill. In Fault Lines, Rajan argues that serious flaws in the economy are also to blame, and warns that a potentially more devastating crisis awaits us if they aren't fixed.

    Shannon Mudd says: "Get another reader"
    "Get another reader"

    The book takes several steps back from the financial crisis to consider underlying factors - fault lines - that contributed to the crisis. While he provides some suggested policy responses to prevent a recurrence, he does not address any responses to the down turn itself for which he has been criticized (e.g., Krugman and Well in their review in the New York Review of Books). However, that was not Rajan's intent.

    Overall the book is far ranging, thoughtful and interesting. However, I largely turned off the audible version to read it myself as I found the reader to be ham-handed, monotonic and completely unengaging. Perhaps with another reader the previous reviewer would have been less critical.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Worthwhile storyline & some speculative ideas"
    What did you love best about Spin?

    In SciFi, I like being led to "wonder" and to think about the universe in new ways. In the eventual characterization of the Hypotheticals, this book succeeds. In addition, the characters and their relationships are interesting, if not compelling. While not epic in the sense of carrying across generations, it is a long, sweeping story from the main characters' childhood, early adulthood and on told in the context of an event that seems to force humanity to confront life at the end of the world. Yet, the event is not a one-off driver of the story. There is a chain of actions and reactions that help make it realistic. Humanity's reaction is multi-faceted and evolves.

    I would not call it literature, but I did find myself sitting in my car to hear more of the story a number of times.

    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator does a nice job of providing distinguishable voices to the different characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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