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Jared

LAS VEGAS, NV, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Freaky Theories Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John R. Lott
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Economics can explain everything, from why people behave the way they do to how governments and businesses organize themselves. As the blockbuster best-seller Freakonomics demonstrated, economics can explain everything - from why people behave the way they do to how governments and businesses organize themselves. But are the basic assumptions and conclusions in Freakonomics true? Does the free market usually lead to unintended and negative consequences?

    Gerald says: "Repetitive conservative arguments"
    "Good text, mediocre presentation."
    Overall

    The book was interesting, but the reading of the book left little differentiation between the author's comments and the numerous quotes and references the book relies on. A second reader to assist with these duties might have made the audiobook easier to follow.
    Also the reading was marred by strange inflections which seemed to suggest that many sentences in the text ended with a comma,


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mark Skousen
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Here is a bold, new account of the lives and ideas of the great economists - Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, and many others - all written by a top free-market economist and presented in an entertaining and persuasive style. Professor Mark Skousen tells a powerful story of economics with dozens of anecdotes of the great economic thinkers.

    Jeff says: "Don't Let the Author's Bias Scare You Away!"
    "An economics book with amazing personality."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Making of Modern Economics again? Why?

    Economics is sometimes referred to as "the dismal science". This is a book which gives lie to the charge. Skousen treats the history of economic thought with both style and substance, a rare combination most suitable to the simultaneously technical and biographical nature of this book. With astounding clarity and candor, The Making of Modern Economics tells the story of our steps and mis-steps on the road to economic understanding while describing the lives and personalities of the people at the forefront of economic thought with humanizing warmth. Skousen has shined a light on the foundations of the ivory tower of economics, introducing to us personally the great scholars and revoltionaries who built it- and revealing how some of the greatest among them were buried beneath it. Out of dozens, this may be the only economics book which I have read more than once cover-to-cover (perhaps I should say ear-to-ear), and will most likely return to again.


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