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Jason

Dumfries, VA, USA

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  • Market Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    What do you buy and sell when the global markets reach saturation point? The markets themselves. Thirty years from now the big players in global capitalism have moved on from commodities. The big money is in conflict investment. The corporations keep a careful watch on the wars of liberation and revolution that burn constantly around the world. They guage who the winners will be and sell them arms, intelligence, and power. In return for a slice of the action when the war is won.

    Gary Godman says: "Good easy listen"
    "awesome!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the Kovacs novels, but be warned this is a big departure. Its slower and more cerebral than those books. So if you're just in the mood for a Kovacs sci-fi, shoot 'em up, sex romp you might be disappointed.

    That said, this is probably my favorite Richard K. Morgan novel. Yes, I like the Road Warrior aspect of it all, and the ideas about the future of corporations were great. The book also has some elements of some my favorite classics though like The Great Gatsby maybe even Dickens or Aldous Huxley. I thought it was pretty awesome overall.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (880)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (138)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Patrick says: "Facinating, Scary and Repetitive"
    "Overall worthwhile read"
    Overall

    Good book! I really could have done without the endless, dull description of where all the parts of his Dell came from. BLAH. Also, I thought the first half of the book was really interesting and compelling (even the historical explanations of the Internet bubble) while the concluding half wasn't as strong.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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