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