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Seattle, WA, United States

  • 6 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 417 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Modern Scholar: Principles of Economics: Business, Banking, Finance, and Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Peter Navarro
    • Narrated By Peter Navarro

    This course introduces both macroeconomics and microeconomics.

    Robert says: "Excellent, and mainstream"
    "Some good info. Slightly heterodox."

    While not a raving socialist, the professor focuses a lot on how the government can step in and save the world. We see how that's going now, and I think he favors more of the same.

    This book seems to be a moderate but firm justification for the core concepts of socialism. He focuses a lot on market failures and the idea that perfect competition is the exception rather than the rule.

    He mentions government failures, but spends far to little time talking about incentives and their effect on productive performance. This gives the impression that he is a socialist appologist, trying to convince the world that the government is a great tool to guide businesses toward economic efficiency.

    Disregarded is the two thousand years of history that compels any reasonable reader to admit that the government, overall, has done more harm than good when it attempts to intervene in markets.

    He seems to make the case that only a minority of businesses should be left on their own, while all the others are valid targets for government intervention. Some of his points are valid. However, in practice, the political incentives that typically guide interventionist policies generally do not resemble the types of responsible and effective intervention that he talks about.

    As for the Harvard economists, I'm just about done listening to any professor from that school. This isn't to say that they're all quacks, but Chicago seems to produce much more scholarly work on the subject of economics.

    Read some Smith, Hayak, Sowell and Friedman. If you want hard evidence to support this authors version of economic dogma, then this book neither succeeds or attempts to provide proof of its assertions. Look elsewhere. If you lean towards the heterodox, go straight to Marx and skip this luke warm intermediary.

    Still, there is a lot of good information if you already know enough to know which of his assertions are misleading... but if you already know that... why read? Cheers.

    30 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • The Trial and the Death of Socrates

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Bruce Alexander, Jamie Glover, David Timson

    The Trial and the Death of Socrates remains a powerful document not least because it gives a first-hand account of the end of one of the greatest figures in history.

    In Apology, Socrates defends himself before the Athenian court against charges of corrupting youth. Phaedo is the account by a young man of the actual last words and moments of Socrates.

    Gabriel says: "Even better than I expected"
    "Plato's finest work"
    Would you listen to The Trial and the Death of Socrates again? Why?

    Yes. I have listened to the trial several times. It is and will forever be one of my favorite classical works.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It is the story that made Plato famous... and it may be the only time where truth spilled from the quill of Plato... that cousin of the thrity, that was hell bent on destroying the Athenean Democracy that had thwarted every attempt at forceful overthrow.

    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    Was there a moment in the book that particular moved you?

    When Socrates suggests his punishment, he knows he is sealing his fate. He does not fear death, and he believes that the impact of his death in this manner will be far greater than the few years of life he has left.

    Socrates thought the message would be heard quickly after his demise, but it has been almost 2500 years, and he has yet to be avenged.

    Perhaps the trouble in Greece right now will bring about the world Socrates dreamed of... a world ruled by philospher kings, where every person is a king.

    Any additional comments?

    Democracy was assassinated by a stream of propaganda. When only the powerful possess the means to spread a message, that message is hostile to the common man. The meek shall inherit the earth. That will happen when we take the message of Socrates to heart. It is also the message of a craftsman from Nazareth.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Burton Folsom
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this shocking and groundbreaking new book, economic historian Burton Folsom, Jr., exposes the idyllic legend of Franklin D. Roosevelt as a myth of epic proportions. With questionable moral character and a vendetta against the business elite, Roosevelt created New Deal programs marked by inconsistent planning, wasteful spending, and opportunity for political gain---ultimately elevating public opinion of his administration but falling flat in achieving the economic revitalization that America needed.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "A must listen!"

    I grew up thinking FDR saved the nation. In my twenties, I was shocked to find that, one after another, the things I thought about the 1930's were wrong, especially concerning the nature, character and honor of our government. This title is a compendium of what is wrong with politics, as relevant today as it was in the 1930's.

    It leaves the reader thinking, "How did he get away with this?", and causes you to think, "How can we fix this?"

    The issue is not how destructive FDR and the New Deal were, but rather, how this unfolded right under our noses. We hear politicians clammer today for a New New Deal today, and it leaves this listener thinking... are they FOOLS?

    There are so many parallels between Hoover/FDR and Bush/Obama, it is baffling.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Crunch

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jared Bernstein
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Is Social Security really going bust, and what does that mean to me? If I hire an immigrant, am I hurting a native-born worker? How much can presidents really affect economic outcomes? Why does the stock market go up when employment declines? What's a "living wage?" Why do I feel so squeezed? If you'd like to know the answers to these questions, premier economist Jared Bernstein is here to help.

    Joshua Kim says: "Invest in Crunch"
    "A little fruit and a whole lotta nuts"

    As a fan of data driven policy, I wanted to hear what Crunch had to say about American economics. Warning - This is a VERY partisan book. If you are a far left liberal and want to hear someone with some credentials tell you what you want to hear, you'll like this.

    The overwhelming concensus of this book is that we can tax those with money to take care of all of our social needs. Unions good... free market bad! He often cites studies that have been debunked. For example, he leans heavily on the Card-Krueger study of minimum wage for its effects on unemployment. Google most studies you hear him talk about and you will find a convincing rebuttal.

    He points out the disproportionate spending in America on health care, which DOES need to be fixed, but his kneejerk reaction is to advocate national healthcare for everyone! More government=solution.

    Missing is any international analysis or reliance on regressions in states that provide health insurance.

    He hits home on a few issues, but the answer to some issues IS more government control/spending... but that's his answer to everything... Yay, socialism!

    The poor are victims and the rich are bastards. If you already believe this, you will find this book entertaining. You already have a mirror, though.

    25 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken

    Fed up with the Republican Right? Then you'll love Al Franken's scathingly hilarious look at America's largest talk show host and his conservative cronies. Funny yet uncompromisingly fair, Franken tackles the issues - and the politicians - in ways few have dared.

    R. Hill says: "Give us the rest of it"

    I thought this would be a good spirited romp through the political landscape, but I was very very wrong. I agree with some of the other reviewers that say Franken is a really angry person. It was kind of like listening to someone belittle their ex-girlfriend(boyfriend). I'm sure we've all been on the receiving end of one of these tirades. First, Franken enumerates what is wrong with a person politically (which is sometimes mildly amusing). Then, when the ammunition runs low, he descends to really low jabs at things like their appearance or their mannerisms. If it was only occasional, it would be bearable (sp?), but there are entire segments where you must suffer his attempts to be brutally vendictive and humorous at the same time.
    I give this two stars because it is politically charged, and I don't think people have that high of standards when listening to books by people they agree with politically.

    8 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • 3001: The Final Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Garrick Hagon

    Frank Poole died in the year AD 2001 en route to Jupiter's moons. In AD 3001 his perfectly preserved body is retrieved and revived thanks to medical and electro-optical technologies. Thus Frank becomes a telepathic, machine-assisted inhabitant of the first years of the fourth millennium. He's got a lot to learn, and some unfinished business on the moon Europa.

    Kevin Christy says: "Interesting, but not particularly engaging"
    "A bit slow"

    This book was rather hard to get through. I was at least a moderate fan of the series until I had to sit through this. There was nothing really bad about this book, but there wasn't anything all that interesting, either. The cliff notes for this book would take up less space than this review, with room left over. The premise was contrived and the pace was so slow that I found myself just wishing the thing would end. It's not one star because it is bearable and mildly creative. Did I mention it was slow?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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