The author does a good job contextualizing the mercantilist environment in which Adam Smith made his landmark contribution to political economy. Thereafter the teachings of classical economics are traced from Adam Smith's upbeat world view to the more "dismal" overtones of David Ricardo and John S. Mill. I can't quite figure out whether the various personality accents are a plus or minus to an otherwise well-narrated piece.
My daughter (almost 5 years old) loved listening to all the stories in this collection. Hearing Roald Dahl narrate the stories himself was a special treat -- I really think it made the stories more enjoyable to listen to. Even though the stories are abridged, they were a delight to hear. My daughter sat for a straight 3 hours listening to them and she only let me turn it off after I promised I would turn it on again the next day!
My four year old daughter loves to listen to the dramatized series of Narnia. She has listened to this particular program countless times and has learned many passages off by heart. Each time she listens to it she is fascinated by something different. We are looking forward to listening to the entire series!
Great narration. Engaging mix of history and theory. Sweeping in scope. Enjoyable in style. However, for people already familiar with the basics of science, the content does not have as much to offer by way of theory. On a personal note, I found the section on fossil discoveries very enjoyable and full of interesting anecdotes.
After listening to engaging works from Will Durant like "Story of Philosophy" and "Heroes Of History," it was a treat to listen to the intellectual bring it all together and share his personal views on history. In particular, it was striking to here Durant's attempt to demonstrate how the cycles of history relate to the changing moral fiber within societies.
The narration is terrific. The content is a good mix of context and theory, and the writing is lucid and engaging.
The book offers an admirable sweep of the Arab world's history. Slightly academic in style, and thus a little dense, but, nevertheless, well worth the listen. The text offers an overall positive outlook of the Arab peoples' accomplishments through the centuries - critics may argue: "respectable, but a little too positive." Judge for yourself.
I found the author's narration of the work a quick and pleasant listen. The work is a no frills guide to time management. The "Eat That Frog!" metaphor is provocative, memorable, and effective.
The author unabashedly strives to demonstrate the enduring superiority of laissez faire economics. This is his prerogative, but it leaves the listener feeling that something is missing (for instance, consider the increasing criticism of globalization policies - claiming to promote free-trade - from different corners of the world). However, good narration, and an engaging account of the big three in Economics.
The narration is not suited to this text, and, it seems, detracts from the force of the words. The content is so bold in its claims that it leaves one wondering how much is real and how much is embellished. At all rates, this work offers an intriguing framework for critiquing corporate interests in global politics.
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