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MicroGlyphics

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Hinsdale, IL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Chrystia Freeland
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (66)

    There has always been some gap between rich and poor in this country, but in the last few decades what it means to be rich has changed dramatically. Alarmingly, the greatest income gap is not between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, but within the wealthiest 1 percent of our nation-as the merely wealthy are left behind by the rapidly expanding fortunes of the new global super-rich. Forget the 1 percent; Plutocrats proves that it is the wealthiest 0.1 percent who are outpacing the rest of us at break-neck speed.

    Alsherif says: "For me, good for reading not listening"
    "Apolotegic: Overglamourises Plutocrats"
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    I purchased this book because I saw Chrystia doing an interview about the topic. Starts with a survey of plutocrats in the past to establish a basis for comparison but quickly devolves into an apologist's vantage of plutocrats and oligarchs, a trend that continues past half the book. I was a bit discouraged with the tone, but I decided to finish it. She finally returned to the tone I expected, albeit more politically correct and nuanced treatment than I would have liked.

    As I listened to the audiobook version, I'll mention that the narrator did a good job reading the material, notwithstanding the mispronunciation of several words, most notably "specious" and employing the rendering of "conservatorship" with a long A vowel sound; this, whilst technically correct is awkward and uncommon, so perhaps an overly pedantic choice over the more typical pronunciation with a short A or schwa sound."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Boris Groysberg
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It is taken for granted in the knowledge economy that companies must employ the most talented performers to compete and succeed. Many firms try to buy stars by luring them away from competitors. But Boris Groysberg shows what an uncertain and disastrous practice this can be.

    MicroGlyphics says: "Know Thy Self"
    "Know Thy Self"
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    This is well-Delivered and interesting content. Although Groysberg's focus is narrow, he shines light on information useful for other hiring managers and job seekers alike. He points out the difference in the ways men and women consider new job opportunities based at least to some extent on their perspective on personal skills versus social networking and infrastructure support. Though I'd like to see a broader study, he does a good job explaining why he chose sell side analysts and concedes that these reasons limit applicability in different spheres.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karl Marx: Das Kapital

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By David Ramsay Steele
    • Narrated By Louis Rukeyser
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In his monumental work, Das Kapital, Karl Marx (1818-1883) tried to show that capitalism was both inefficient and immoral. His key to explaining capitalism is his labor theory of value, which he developed from ideas of Adam Smith and David Ricardo.

    Jeff says: "Should Rename As Das Kapital Cliffnotes Unabridged"
    "Lame and Not Focused on Das Kapital"
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    Not that I should be surprised at the anti-Marx sentiment given that this was produced in 1988, but this was more about Marx and his ideas, some of which were central to Das Kapital. I was more of an apologists response to Capitalism. Having recently, finished listening to Marx' Capital, I decided to give this a chance. It seems that the primary motivation was to discredit certain aspects of Marx' thought and without always providing appropriate context. At least the closing statement was that the "Communists in Russia had little to do with Marxism."

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Wealth of Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Adam Smith
    • Narrated By Michael Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    This classic statement of economic liberalism or the policy of laissez-faire was first published in 1776. It is an engrossing analysis of the economic facts of life. Several fundamental principles, many of which are now referred to as axioms, were introduced in this work, the division of labor, supply-and-demand, and free market capitalism being among the most obvious.

    Peter says: "Worth the effort"
    "Dry as Toast"
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    I kept drifting to wonderng whether I had just downloaded a text to speech version of Wealth of Nations. It was intolerable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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