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Keith

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  • Development as Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Amartya Sen
    • Narrated By Byron Wagner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    By the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economics, an essential and paradigm-altering framework for understanding economic development - for both rich and poor - in the 21st century. Freedom, Sen argues, is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of the world's entire population. Releasing the idea of individual freedom from association with any particular historical, intellectual, political, or religious tradition, Sen clearly demonstrates its current applicability and possibilities.

    Keith says: "Absolutely indispensable yet tough to digest"
    "Absolutely indispensable yet tough to digest"
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    Where does Development as Freedom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    "The need for critical analysis cannot be escaped". Sen makes an indispensable contribution to modern moral and economic thought in this book through a dogged investigation of the logic underlying many assumptions which often guide decision making.


    What does Byron Wagner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An ability to keep up. This is a tough book to read aloud given the over use of unnecessarily complex prose. Very often this book provides you in a page what could be delivered in a paragraph, and the narrator keeps up reasonably well.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Abhijit V. Banerjee, Esther Duflo
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have pioneered the use of randomized control trials in development economics. Work based on these principles, supervised by the Poverty Action Lab, is being carried out in dozens of countries. Drawing on this and their 15 years of research from Chile to India, Kenya to Indonesia, they have identified wholly new aspects of the behavior of poor people, their needs, and the way that aid or financial investment can affect their lives. Their work defies certain presumptions: that microfinance is a cure-all, that schooling equals learning....

    D. Martin says: "Excellent for non-economists"
    "Evidence trumps ideology in this worthwhile read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Poor Economics the most enjoyable?

    This book subjects the theory behind development approaches to experimentation and provides useful illustrations of why a strict rational choice approach to economic thinking often fails to model people well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9337)
    Performance
    (4309)
    Story
    (4337)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Long but pleasurable distraction"
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    Where does Under the Dome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Satisfactory, but its hurried ending didn't suffice for the investment to get there.


    What about Raul Esparza’s performance did you like?

    Narration was well thought out and performed; although the number of characters eventually exposed the limitations of the narrator's repertoire. Look forward to hearing more of his work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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