Parts of this "mid-century" (1940's) book may send shivers up your spine since they seem like "today's news" (circa 2011). Hayek's writing is incisive and insightful, if at times a bit "dense" due to high expectations of the vocabulary and language skills of his readers. One example is the occasional use of short quotes in French and German with no translations supplied. Bill Hughes is a master narrator, and his skills are tested in this book with its extensive citations and quotes having parenthetical attributions.
I appreciated this book for a historical context on the pendulum swings between planning and the free market. No matter which side you are rooting for, you will experience both thrills and slumps, because in the intervening 50+ years since this books original publication, some things are recurring and others are not [yet?].
Another reason to like this book is the logical/philosophical approach. While the title hints at a provocative rhetoric, the text itself is quite level-headed.
This is the kind of history book I like: The point of view is not fully omniscient, so there is some suspense. Yet we do get occasional scenes from the British viewpoint which adds important depth to the details of the situation.
The author himself narrates, and I gave "only" 4 stars to the Performance since his gravelly voice and slower delivery lost me at times. But halfway into the book, I discovered that the Audible player allows adjustment to playback speed, so I am now happily listening to the last half on accelerated speed.
One of my favorite Audible books so far.
To expand on what another reader said in his review about these zombies "forming thoughts," in these stories, the undead actually retain memories of their former lives as well as the ability to drive cars, swim, cooperate, issue commands, and operate firearms. They were almost more like vampires in this regard. The alive human characters were portrayed pretty simplistically, and dare I say unrealistically. 32 minutes of my time mostly wasted, with the only high point being the narrator's correct pronunciation of a Canadian inventor's name. No temptation whatsoever to buy the full edition.
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