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Opher

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  • Dance, Dance, Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (211)

    Quirky characters, a hotel with a phantom floor, sexy girls, rock music, especially Talking Heads - this gloriously imaginative romp around contemporary Japan defies description. A cult novelist with a huge international following, but also with a serious literary reputation, Haruki Murakami gains more fans with each book. Dance, Dance, Dance is one of his finest and most loved.

    Dr. says: "Another good listen from Murakami"
    "Murakami at his Murakamiest"
    Overall

    This is more of the same. I like it, so I enjoyed it, but there is a feeling that the author needs to try a new shtick. On the other hand, there was some serious wrestling with issues here that really got me thinking.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Three in Economics: Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark Skousen
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    The Big Three in Economics reveals the battle of ideas among the three most influential economists in world history: Adam Smith, representing laissez faire; Karl Marx, reflecting the radical socialist model; and John Maynard Keynes, symbolizing big government and the welfare state. History comes alive in this fascinating story of opposing views that continue to play a fundamental role in today's politics and economics.

    Jan says: "Cut and paste"
    "Interesting, but painfully ideological"
    Overall

    For someone with almost no background in economics, I found this a fairly easy listen. However, like other reviewers, the author seemed to me a fanatic ideologue and all of his conclusions become suspect because of the one-sided presentation. In addition, the words wasted on deriding Marx and Keynes and pedestalizing Smith would have been put to better use giving us more depth about their work and the historical context they were working in.

    The book also suffered from the flaw of many historians: seeing the past as a story that is meant to lead us to today. While in the mid-2000s, free market ideology seemed to be getting the upper hand, the author shows no appreciation for the possibility that the many ups and downs in economic thinking might well continue and that his current perspective would soon seem dated.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful

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