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Ferg Merkl

Canada | Member Since 2005


  • Economics in One Lesson

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Henry Hazlitt
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Called by H.L. Mencken, "one of the few economists in history who could really write," Henry Hazlitt achieved lasting fame for his brilliant but concise work. In it, he explains basic truths about economics and the economic fallacies responsible for unemployment, inflation, high taxes, and recession.

    Kenrick says: "Truly an amazing work."
    "New to Economics? Start here!"

    This book is a wonderful introduction to Economics for those (like myself) unfamiliar with the field. The author clearly and logically illustrates economic principles by examining what he takes to be the major economic fallacy of modern times: That all public spending and intervention is only good, and has no secondary consequences.

    Mr. Hazlett sets out his one lesson in the first 20 minutes, and then uses the rest of his effort to illustrate using easily understood examples and actual scenarios. This contact with reality is refreshing for those wearied by the large amount of theoretical illustrations employed by other economists.

    Although his views will be out of favour with many North Americans and their increasing devotion to government spending & protectionism, Hazlett presents a surprisingly balanced case for his one lesson.

    As the examples unfold, we are reminded that unions are NOT always bad, government spending is NOT always bad, we DO need to consider those who have lost work due to large scale shifts in the workplace due to technology.

    The one lesson comes back to it's origin: There are consequences to our actions.

    We are encouraged to consider those consequences, think first, and then act. This is a bad thing?

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Voyage from Yesteryear

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James P. Hogan
    • Narrated By Ed French

    Voyage from Yesteryear is a 1982 science fiction novel by the author James P. Hogan. It explores themes of anarchism and the appropriateness of certain social values in the context of high-technology. The inspiration for the novel was the contention that the ongoing conflict in Northern Ireland had no immediate practical solution, and could only be solved if the children of one generation were somehow separated from their parents, and hence did not learn any of their prejudices.

    Arturo says: "Intriguing story. Excellent narration."
    ""science good, philosophy bad" Meh!"
    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Voyage from Yesteryear?

    all scenes involving missionaries

    Any additional comments?

    The missionaries in this book are completely foreign to any real missionaries I have known. Those portrayed in this book are the sort that Christopher Dawkins would like to debate because they would be so two-dimansional and easy to overcome.

    This book was awarded the Prometheus "Best Novel" of 1983

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "OK mystery, loathsome characters"
    What would have made Rogue Island better?

    some marginally sympathetic characters

    What could Bruce DeSilva have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    see above

    What three words best describe Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) ’s performance?

    acceptable narrator

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    Got this as a deal-of-the-day. Finished it because the main mystery was intriguing, but the protagonist and most of the other characters were dislikable to loathsome. Some threads were left unresolved, but I would not listen to another book in this series even if it was free. Fans of George R.R. Martin might like this series, but I did not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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