This was the worst audiobook I have ever read. The arrogance of the authors is astounding. There arrogance is only surpassed by their insecurity. They spend the entire first two chapters trying to convince the reader why you should believe what they are saying. Their answer - because they were the only ones in the world who had the forsight to see the housing bubble and they were right in their last book so they must be right now. Everyone I knew thought that we were in a housing bubble! When they are not trying to convince you how smart they are they are trying to sell you on their services. I lost count of the number of times they mentioned their website or phone number and urged the reader to contact them. Do not waste your money or credits on this book.
It had very little to do with the Royal Society and a lot to do with how miserable peoples lives were in the 17th century. I was very disappointed.
The book was wonderful. Robert Massie is a brilliant writer. I was enchanted with the book from page 1 and could not stop reading it. agree that the narrator's accent and style were not the greatest. But the narrator is an acquired taste. I initially did not like the narrator but it did not take long before I began to enjoy him. And I had no problem understanding him.
I was very very disappointed with this book. I love Paul Krugman but hated this book. I could not believe that a Nobel Prize winner could write a book about the most important crisis facing the world today and not have any original ideas about how to get us out of this mess. Moreover, the book title is totally misleading - only a small portion of the book (the very last chapter) discusses the current crisis. And that chapter does little more than repeat what Krugman says in his NY Times column - the government should spend our way out of the crisis. The rest of the book is an economic history lesson of what happened in all the other economic crises since the Great Depression. And it is not even a very good history lesson. Not only was the book bad but the narrator was also bad. I could not stand to listen to his condescending tone. Save yourself the time and the credits. If you are interested in reading what Krugman thinks read his column. If you are interested in an economic history book (which this is) there are much better ones out there to read.
I could not stop listening to this book! I listened to it in record time because I could not wait to find out what happened next. It was very well written and very well narrated. Although I think that it probably appeals more to women than men, I enjoyed it very much. I cannot wait to read the follow on book. The only thing that I disliked in the book is that it is a little too graphic at times in its language and in its description of sex and violence.
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