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  • America's Great Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Murray N. Rothbard
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    The Great Depression was not a crisis for capitalism but merely an example of the downturn part of the business cycle, which was generated by government intervention in the economy. Had this book appeared in the 1940s, it might have spared the world much grief. Even so, its appearance in 1963 meant that free-market advocates had their first full-scale treatment of this crucial subject.

    Damon says: "required reading- hard to capture over audio"
    "Loaded with facts AND opinions"
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    What disappointed you about America's Great Depression?

    While this work was loaded with useful and interesting facts regarding the Great Depression, it was too obviously written with the specific purpose of blaming the government for the entire problem. I found this a useful read for background information but, as a guide to actions to prevent a re-occurrence, the bias just oozed out and cast doubt over all of the conclusions.


    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35939)
    Performance
    (26938)
    Story
    (27323)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Couldn't put it down"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Saw the movie. Read the book. Saw the movie again several times -- saw a lot of things I missed the first time. The book is more detailed than the movie but there were things done with "silent scenes" done in the movie that the book could not duplicate.

    Very well written -- I literally could not put it down. It's a story of loyalty, love of family and love of fellow human beings, and courage in the face of tyranny. While the theme was killing, the story was very "Hitchcock" in that it was never explicit and it was never the focus. Instead, it was a story that pulls you in and explores the very depths of your soul. I'm not an emotional guy but this one gripped me and would not let me go.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    When Katniss had to get into the tube for the start of the games. If felt like when I took a young man to the bus when he joined the US Army -- helpless but necessary.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rue died.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to all. I believe it has a lot to say to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (5814)
    Performance
    (2782)
    Story
    (2782)

    Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant.

    Russell B. Ivey says: "Great book bad audio"
    "Preachy"
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    What did you like best about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? What did you like least?

    It was a good summary of some ways to focus attention and the arrangement was good.


    Has The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People turned you off from other books in this genre?

    WAY too long. Reiterate the same point over and over again and do so in a way that almost insults the intelligence. Also, the fabled "7 habits" are never clearly articulated as a unit at any point -- only mentioned in the various chapters, almost in passing. Thus, if, for instance, the reader already practiced one or more of these suggestions, there is no "skipping around" to pick up the remainders. Instead, one has to wade though all the junk to get to one or two nuggets.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrated by the author. The "preachyness" came right thru. If I wanted a sermon, I'd have gone to church.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    The 7 habits are good ideas if you can ever separate the wheat from the chaff. The Cliff Notes would be a LOT better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Liaquat Ahamed
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (291)

    It is commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person's or government's control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions made by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of the economic meltdown, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades.

    Toru says: "interesting insight into interwar period!"
    "Well worth the read."
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    Would you listen to Lords of Finance again? Why?

    It was quite long. Each character was exhaustively introduce which was a bit tedious at times but which subsequently helped the reader to understand how the thinking of each fed into the whole. So, a long book but worth the time to listen to. Really showed how complex the relationships were and are between all of the economies of the world. Eerily similar to 2008 showing how easy it would have been to have had a second great depression.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The explanation of how the economics works. How DOES a nation "fall out of the gold standard?" This book explains it in simple terms that anyone can understand.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    How interconnected the world economy really is and always has been. While we talk about "globalism" today as if it is something new, this book shows that, even in the early 1900s, everything was connected even then...


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the time to go thru it if you want to understand what happened in 2008 and want to be able to understand what people like Ron Paul are talking about when they speak of "hard money". Will really give you a basis to make up your own mind...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • End the Fed

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ron Paul
    • Narrated By Bob Craig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (164)

    Over 4,000 students gathered at the University of Michigan to hear Republican Party candidate Ron Paul speak. As he began to address the topics of monetary policy and the coming depression, a chant rose from the crowd, "End the Fed! End the Fed!" As dollar bills were lit on fire and thrown into the night skies, it became clear that the real problem, one that nobody in the media was talking about, was the central bank-an unconstitutional entity and a political, economic, and moral disaster.

    Jonnie says: "Very clear and understandable"
    "Gold Standard, No Fractional Reserves, Autrian Eco"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Interesting at first but EXTREMELY repetitive. Personal Opinion: Simplistic view does not account for all of the problems an economy faces. Blames the government for all economic woes. Much of what is complained about is, in fact, inherent in human greed -- which is ever with us no matter WHAT economic system is chosen. No suggestions on how to handle THAT problem....


    Any additional comments?

    Since this man is running for president, it is a worthwhile read to understand his position. Then, YOU decide....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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