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Michael Simpson

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  • The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mark Skousen
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Here is a bold, new account of the lives and ideas of the great economists - Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, and many others - all written by a top free-market economist and presented in an entertaining and persuasive style. Professor Mark Skousen tells a powerful story of economics with dozens of anecdotes of the great economic thinkers.

    Robert Patton says: "Poor performance ruins what may be an interesting"
    "Market fundamentalist bias throughout"
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A non-biased presentation that doesn't try to demonize Keynes and glorify Friedman and the Austrian/Chicago school.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Keynes to wash the Market Fundamentalist crap out of my brain. Actually I have since listened to Paul Krugman's book "End This Depression Now" and I feel greatly cleansed.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not be biased.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It put the great economists into a clear chronology for me and gave me a more personal understanding of their lives and thoughts.


    Any additional comments?

    If Skousen hadn't tried to make the case toward the end of the book, that an unfettered and unregulated free market will somehow produce a stable economy, and that there is such a thing as efficient markets and that there is no such a thing as involuntary unemployment, the book might have gotten a much higher vote from me. Keynes wasn't necessarily right about everything, but he was right about some very important things, and there are some much needed and much ignored Keynesian solutions to our present economic circumstance.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Believing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Claude M. Bristol
    • Narrated By Jason McCoy
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    Millions of success-oriented people fom all over the world have turned to the no-nonsense, time-tested motivational techniques described in The Magic of Believing to achieve all their long and short-term goals: a better job, a happier marriage, or simply a good night's sleep. Now it's your turn to put Claude M. Bristol's special "magic" into your life and into action. Bristol's tough-minded, hard-hitting messages speaks directly to you.

    Robert says: "Loved it..Loved it...Loved it!!!!"
    "Narration was horrific!"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Claude M. Bristol and/or Jason McCoy?

    I would buy another book by Bristol. I would never buy another book narrated by Jason McCoy.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Update it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Where do I begin? Don't say "concealed when the word is "conceded" don't pronounce "conspicuous" "conspishus", don't pronounce Knute Rockne's name "K-nute", don't pronounce Horatio Alger's name with a hard G. Don't narrate in a sing song voice as if you had no idea what you are reading. There are many other examples too numerous to note here.


    What character would you cut from The Magic of Believing?

    Jason McCoy


    Any additional comments?

    I could not finish this book due to the poor narration.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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