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Eric

Hartford, WI, United States

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  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Graeber
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (249)

    Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems - to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods - that is, long before the invention of coins or cash.

    E. J. Ford says: "Stands Economics on Its Head"
    "A communist manifesto"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book tries to link communism with family and capitalism with greed. However he does correctly show that in the past mixing the two systems leads to violence. He fails to recognize that loving bond are essential to communism. for in it the strong must choose to give to the weak. Outside of the family this wouldn't happen due to the 150 rule in sociology, but through force, coercion and violence. Which he describes showing examples in history of our struggle to build a fair capitalist society build on choice. Altho the book intent seemed to be to show the need to ban debtors prisons and a call for bankruptcy for poor nations which I do agree with. This is how a healthy capitalist system runs.

    In my view understand that communism is for families and friends whereas capitalism is for strangers and nations. Swapping or mixing these systems can lead to emotional and sometimes violent unintended consequences.


    Has Debt turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No every opinion needs to be hear but also refuted.


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s performance?

    adequate.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Enhancing Human Capacities

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Savulescu, Ruud ter Meulen
    • Narrated By Gregory Gorton
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Human enhancement is one of the most exciting \- and troubling - areas of recent scientific advance. It raises new and profound challenges relating to the human condition as well as giving rise to serious questions surrounding the limits and ethics of changing human nature. This stimulating volume is the first to review the very latest scientific developments in human enhancement.

    Tyler says: "Fascinating review of biology and philosophy"
    "BS philosophy"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Julian Savulescu and Ruud ter Meulen and/or Gregory Gorton?

    NOPE


    Has Enhancing Human Capacities turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No but I will tread more carefully.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Enhancing Human Capacities?

    Almost all of it. There is nothing about the tech. It's all about the ethical pondering on things they barely talk about. They ramble on and on about some will think this, while some will think that. blah blah blah. All the while not discussing the tech or how it may be used so never really getting to anything concrete. People need stories. Tell us about the tech or the people who's lives will be advanced by the tech. Or how it will be misused.

    It's like Philosophizing why people might be unhappy with you murdering a loved one instead of the story about a love triangle gone wrong ending in murder. One is interesting the other is a good reason to kick someone in the balls. You know which is which.


    Any additional comments?

    philosophy is not Science end of story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David C. Korten
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Today's economic crisis is the worst since the Great Depression. However, as David Korten shows, the steps being taken to address it do nothing to deal with the reality of a failed economic system. It's like treating cancer with a bandage. Korten identifies the deeper sources of the failure: Wall Street institutions that have perfected the art of creating "wealth" without producing anything of real value: phantom wealth.

    Eric says: "Communist Propaganda"
    "Communist Propaganda"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Agenda for a New Economy?

    Instead of understanding that capitalism isn't the problem it's the people who gain political favor that abuse the system that are the problem.
    This author wants to create a hippy world instead. Which he can do. all the people who feel like him can go and buy a large plot of land and build that world. However he's not happy with that. He wants everybody to be suffer his utopia. Well one person's utopia is another's hell. The only true utopia is freedom for everyone.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David C. Korten again?

    Never never never. I wanted to throw-up so bad listening to is crap.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    frist I had hope that he was going to talk about how we need to get back to making things and creating real wealth. But then ANGER for the last 2/3's of the book where he proceeded to spout communistic crap.


    Any additional comments?

    I want my credit back.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis Free Story: 'In the Forests of the Night'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jay Lake
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan
    Overall
    (1389)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (516)

    “In the Forests of the Night” is from the Hugo and Audie Award-nominated METAtropolis, an intelligent and stunning creation of five cutting-edge science-fiction writers, performed by an amazing cast of elite narrators and stars from TV’s Battlestar Galactica. METAtropolis takes place in a future where cities have transformed or died, and technologists, eco-survivalists, and civilization itself vie for continued existence.

    Robert says: "Great writer-narrator combination"
    "Awful, ZERO Stars I'd rather be probed"
    Overall

    This is FEAR propaganda written by someone who wants to believe that if we don't all give up cars today, that the world will be destroyed by higher tides and we will all turn on each other like ravenous dogs. For once I would like to hear a story about how we will over come our problems and build a better world. If that wasn't bad enough the story is over dramatized drivel. Written by someone whom writes like he's paid by the word. He is using bad poetry in the effort to inject drama in to every little bitty crack of the story. It's clear that he doesn't understand where the plot is going and is just sitting down at the computer and banging on the keys. Also, and most annoyingly he is trying to force in every characters' inner emotions into the story, moving from the mind of one charter, to another. Good stories or at least chapters are told from one point of view to keep it easy to understand and draw the reader in. The narrator's gravely voice is off putting when he does the women's parts. It sound like he means them to be demons.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2310)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (394)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "A must hear!"
    Overall

    This is a book for everyone. It lets you understand science even if you slept through all of high school science. So if you have a great deal of curiosity about the world it a must hear.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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