My major problem with this audiobook is structural. I want to hear Warren Buffet and his bon mots; this book spends far too much time on the words of his critics, family, shareholders, and others. The nuggets of wisdom from Buffet dominate the first half; you can pretty much stop halfway through and not miss any interesting content.
Moving, at times, at a rapid clip, this audiobook covers a lot of ground in a short time. There are some historical errors; overall, the nits are small and should not detract from your enjoyment. The audio quality is excellent, as one would expect from one of the premiere titles for the new Audible format; the source material is well-suited for this high-end treatment.
More aimed towards younger kids or people completely unversed in classical music, it makes a fine afternoon of listening.
An objectivist bedrock tome, Atlas Shrugged's walls of exposition are difficult enough when rendered fully on the page; this abridged version cuts out many hours of material, yet the cuts could still go further.
Well recorded, this version is highly desirable over the unabridged version only for brevity's sake. If you want a short (11 hour) introduction to objectivism, go ahead and pick this up. Beware, though, the walls of text could be shortened at least 50% and still cover all salient points.
Most of this book is a rejoinder to Freakonomics; in that, it is probably a success. It's rather hard to tell if Lott is motivated by animus for the material in Levitt's volume on Lott, rather than the desire to illuminate the topic; however, the result is another interesting volume on economics and how they apply to the masses. I suggest it as a libertarian companion to the socialist Freakonomics.
The first half of this book is excellent; the stories lucid and the audio quality pleasing. The second half suffers from fragmentation of the material and a distinct departure of editorial control; however, the quality doesn't fall to 'unlistenable'. Pick up this audiobook if you are looking for the immediacy of we-were-there reportage.
Audible continues a line of taking wonderful titles and rendering them, if not unlistenable, unenjoyable. The audio levels on this book are not normalized; the edits are rough in nature; you can hear other takes or material in the background; and the chapter marks on the audiobook align to nothing I can discern in the text.
For a two hour audio book, this last issue might be a minor annoyance; the preface and prologue of this book, alone, are almost two hours in length. Coupled with Audible's poor implementation on the Zune, it makes any mistake in control manipulation into an exercise in skipping around to find where you last were.
Skip this recording of the text.
This version uses two vocalists; one for the main text, another for the footnotes and secondary texts. This makes the flow of the book move right along. Almost every line or paragraph is directly applicable to business life.
It is clear that Churchill loved his time spent in the United States; the letters at the end of this audiobook make clear joys found along a drive through California. The short histories of the US Revolutionary and Civil Wars are well rated and worth your time; the perspective of an enthusiastic outsider provides interesting views. Large sections of US history are compressed into few words, and relatively large word counts are spent on fine turns of history.
Overall, the balance is respectable. Audio quality ranges from good to excellent; however, one section at the end has quite a bit of static in the background.
as a person that enjoys Fight Club, I found this audiobook a worthwhile diversion. Chuck's fiction, let's face it, needs a lot of editing to make palatable. The hand of a good editor was clearly at work in this book, and it shows.
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