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  • What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sandel
    • Narrated By Michael J. Sandel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we allow corporations to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars? Auctioning admission to elite universities? Selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?

    Kristopher says: "Great introduction to the world of ethics"
    "Thought-Provoking and Timely"

    The author teaches an extremely popular undergraduate ethics course at Harvard called "Justice" [the course is available for free download at iTunes University]. I've watched many of the Justice segments and enjoyed them, so I was very interested when I read a review of What Money Can't Buy in the NYTimes earlier this year.

    Even if you lean toward [or embrace] free-market economics, Sandel's book will provide ample food for reflection. His basic argument is that the two decades leading up to the 2008 financial meltdown were an era of "market triumphalism" -- one in which markets and market values crept into spheres of life where they didn't belong. Sandel wants us to think about the role that markets and market values should play in society, and whether there are some things that money should not buy.

    I found that I didn't agree with some of Sandel's views, but I nonetheless found them thoughtful and well reasoned. Sandel reads the book himself, and I found his narration perfectly matched the content. Although Sandel's topic is weighty, he manages to be low-key, engaging, and even humorous. He clearly has a point of view, but he's never didactic.

    How much did I like the audiobook? I enjoyed it so much, that I later downloaded the Kindle version so I could spent more time thinking about the content. That's my equivalent of "two thumbs up."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "An Enjoyable Essay"
    Would you listen to This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage again? Why?

    Yes - I'd listen to it again. I've enjoyed listening to 3 of Patchett's novels. Hearing her read this essay was a real treat. Her voice and reading style perfectly match her writing.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way that Patchett wove the question

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Devils Are Here

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris

    As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, misguided regulators, sleazy subprime companies, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers? According to Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, two of America's most acclaimed business journalists, the real answer is all of the above-and more. Many devils helped bring hell to the economy.

    eurilynn says: "Excellent!"

    I agree with the earlier reviewer -- this isn't a light read and you have to focus. But the book offers unique insights on how decisions that were made decades ago, when mortgage-backed securities were first created, ultimately led to the recent financial meltdown. As much as I enjoyed The Big Short, I found this book much more informative and interesting. I also thought the narrator was perfect for the content.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholas Carr
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia

    Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

    Douglas says: "Exceedingly Important Reading!..."
    "Absolutely Fascinating"

    This is one of the most interesting books I've "read" in a long time. As one of the previous reviewers noted, it's a bit ironic to be listening to this particular book rather than reading it in hard copy [and listening while using a treadmill to boot!]. I thought that both the content and the reader were excellent. Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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