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Gerald

Helena, MT, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Freaky Theories Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John R. Lott
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Economics can explain everything, from why people behave the way they do to how governments and businesses organize themselves. As the blockbuster best-seller Freakonomics demonstrated, economics can explain everything - from why people behave the way they do to how governments and businesses organize themselves. But are the basic assumptions and conclusions in Freakonomics true? Does the free market usually lead to unintended and negative consequences?

    Gerald says: "Repetitive conservative arguments"
    "Repetitive conservative arguments"
    Overall

    I enjoyed Freakanomics because they showed the details (correctly or incorrectly) of how they came to their conclusion. After listening to this book, I do question some of their findings.

    Unfortunately this author did not go into as much detail. I found myself constantly asking the author, "How do you know that is true?" Because of the lack of details and the author's conservative (no surprise by the title) views, I got the feeling this was more of a political book than economic book.

    Because of this, as the book went on, after giving an introduction to a problem, it was easy to guess which one the author would argue for. Even if it seemed to contradict what the author said earlier. As another reviewer said, this made the book seem repetitive in the end.

    It was a decent listen, just not great.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrew Keen
    • Narrated By Andrew Keen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    In a hard-hitting and provocative polemic, Silicon Valley insider and pundit Andrew Keen exposes the grave consequences of today's new participatory Web 2.0 and reveals how it threatens our values, economy, and ultimately the very innovation and creativity that forms the fabric of American achievement.

    Michael Fielden says: "A painful voyage from a single perspective"
    "Whiny with few solutions"
    Overall

    Saw this book in a store and from the dust cover, thought it sounded like a good read (or listen since Audible had it). My enthusiasm for this book quickly waned. The author's arguments are weak and for the first 9 chapters he offers almost no solutions. Many of the problems he mention existed before Web 2.0, they just have been intensified or focused in recent years, but according to the author these problems are because of Web 2.0.

    The author is also the narrator and part way through the book I found him very pompous. Thinking I might be thinking this because of his British accent, I went online and read book reviews that accused him of the same thing.

    Because I had such high hopes for this book, I continued listening to the complaining and hoped the author was just setting me up for some awesome finish.

    I am somewhat happy that in the last chapter the author does offer some solutions and success stories. Unfortunately they are way too late and he does not talk as passionately about them as the problems.

    If you are looking for a book to argues why Web 2.0 is bad, then this book is for you.

    If you want a realistic or objective book on the problems of Web 2.0, look elsewhere.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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