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  • A Tale for the Time Being

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Ruth Ozeki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (521)

    In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

    Karen says: "Engaging story beautifully read"
    "Beautifully written, beautifully read"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Tale for the Time Being the most enjoyable?

    This is a complex but always grip[ping narrative, or set of interlocking narratives. Ozeki is not only a deeply engaging, thoughtful, and often droll novelist but also a brilliant reader of her own work.


    What other book might you compare A Tale for the Time Being to and why?

    It has the mature technical deftness of Ozeki's second novel, All Over Creation, and the interesting comparative cultural (Japanese-American) perspective of her first, My Year of Meats. In emotional depth and historical breadth it is her best work yet.


    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joseph E. Stiglitz
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (391)

    The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live." Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable. He examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.

    Grant says: "Dense, but important."
    "Inequality Threatens Sustainability"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Price of Inequality to be better than the print version?

    I can't yet compare it to the print version, but listening has convinced me that this is an important book to read.


    If you could give The Price of Inequality a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Why Fairness Matters


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Rob Dietz, Dan O'Neill
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    We're overusing the earth's finite resources, and yet excessive consumption is failing to improve our lives. In Enough Is Enough, Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill lay out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth-an economy where the goal is not more but enough.

    John says: "Excellent survey of sustability economics"
    "Excellent survey of sustability economics"
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    Would you listen to Enough Is Enough again? Why?

    Many parts of this intelligent book are worth listing to twice. It counters the complacently self-styled "common sense" of mainstream economics.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Its continual emphasis on the ecosystem as the foundation on which economic activity rests.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Much economic growth is actually uneconomic growth, once its true costs are seen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a serious book without ever being obscure or dull. Even a congressman could understand it. Let's hope many will do so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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