I just want to start by saying, I'm a guy who's pretty good at finding the good in anything. In fact, I'm very rarely compelled to say anything at all If I've got nothing nice to say. With that, the good thing is that the information in this audio book is solid and truly useful. Here's the bad thing: It's practically unlistenable (yes, I made up a word for this) because of the narration. What is that pompous, condescending inflection in your voice sir? Stop that, or learn a new vocation, ok? I'm very interested in this information, and have tried 5 times to finish this audio book. I cannot.
Buy the book people, and have someone else read it to you.
While this book deals with the specific topic of the shifting of power within the global economy, it served as a great education for me on the interconnectedness of world markets in general.
I'm an active retail investor who spends a lot of time trying to decipher the sound bytes on "money TV" including references to "Dollar Strength", "Fiscal & Monetary Policy" & "Sovereign Dept" in order to form an opinion about Market direction. While we can't all have the background in economics that some of the TV commentary assumes, this book serves as a useful and interesting primer on some difficult, convoluted economic concepts. I have to admit, there are times when I catch myself pondering a concept in one sentence, only to miss the next sentence completely. A second listen should help (or a finger on the pause button).
There is humor in the writing which sometimes is hard to pick out due to the even tone with which this book is read, but this is a thoughtful, intelligent and extremely useful book. It is devoid of hyperbole and sensationalism, which I appreciated. The facts are compelling enough on their own and I enjoyed this book very much.
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