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Elliot

Winchendon, MA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told about the Economy Is Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Edward Conard
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    According to Unintended Consequences, the conventional wisdom masks the real causes of our economic disruption and puts us at risk of a slew of unintended—and potentially dangerous—consequences. It’s a fascinating and contrarian case for how the economy really works, what went wrong over the past decade, and what steps we can take to start growing again.

    Scot says: "EXCELLENT BOOK"
    "Just the truth from an economist--no politics"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who wishes to understand the US economy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His explanation of the role of risk and short-term debt in facilitating economic growth was outstanding. He is a brilliant teacher.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're going to read just one book on economics, read this. If you're going to read two, read "Economics in One Lesson" by Hazlitt.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Take, Burn, or Destroy: Adventures of Charles Hayden, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Nick Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    1794, the height of the French Revolution - Charles Hayden sets off aboard the ill-fated HMS Themis with orders to destroy a French frigate sailing from Le Havre and to gather intelligence from a royalist spy. On discovering French plans for an imminent invasion of England, Hayden must return to Portsmouth to give warning before it’s too late. But the enemy has been lying in wait for him, and so begins a dangerous chase out into the Atlantic and into the clutches of a powerful French squadron. After a thwarted attempt to masquerade as French sailors, Hayden and his officers are taken prisoner.

    B. Canter says: "Great Maritime Adventure - Best Narrator Ever"
    "This series improves with every book he writes!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to all the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin books and Cornwell's Sharpe series and scoured the bookstores for anything else that's in this category. The first book in this series was good--well worth reading. But he gets better with each book! This review doesn't have to go through the plot--it is certainly true that Russell and O'Brian use some of the same historical material, but these books are different enough and good enough to make them an excellent companion series to the best historical seafaring fiction of all time (Aubrey/Maturin). The last book makes ST Russell a solid second place, with many more books to be written. Who knows how much better he will get?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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