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Emily

I love classic fiction, Austrian economics, enlightenment through history, libertarian politics and humorous stories (both fiction and non).

Seattle, WA, United States

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  • The Road to Serfdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Friedrich A. Hayek
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (360)

    Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world's great leaders, from Orwell and Churchill in the mid-'40s, to Reagan and Thatcher in the '80s. The book offers persuasive warnings against the dangers of central planning, along with what Orwell described as "an eloquent defense of laissez-faire capitalism".

    Scott says: "Classic"
    "Incredibly Relevant with Respectful Arguments"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Road to Serfdom the most enjoyable?

    Not only does F.A. Hayek address and debunk every facet of the appeal for socialism, he does it in a manner of respect and understanding. What is lost in current political debates is the ability to stick to facts, history and logic; instead, on both sides, we see the attacking of character before the arguing of specific points.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What was most amazing and impressive about The Road to Serfdom was the fact that it wasn't written one year ago. Among my contemporaries (20-somethings), there is the tendency to write off classical liberalism as something that is outdated and no longer relevant or practical for the world we live in. However, Hayek shows that the problems that were present 50 years ago are the problems that are still with us today.

    Einstein says that the definition of insanity is


    What about William Hughes’s performance did you like?

    I would give the narrator's performance a 4.3. I didn't love his voice, but it was just my particular taste. He was, however, very easy to listen to and follow along with.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Socialism: the invisible Road to Serfdom!


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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