I'd recommend the actual book, but not the Audible version.
This is a short book and the narrator rushes through one sentence to the next. The content is condensed and some sentences require a moment for thought and processing, but the monotone and hasty narration makes it hard to follow.
Sowell good. Weiner bad.
I am admittedly ignorant when it comes to economics and finance, which is why I picked up this book. I found it to be clear, concise, rational and full of information and examples. I will need to read a wider range of economic books to have an informed opinion on this book, but overall I enjoyed all the insights. I would rate this book 5 stars.
However, this review is for the audiobook version. I felt that the narrator read too quickly. This is not a fiction; there is a load of information and arguments packed. A slower narration would provide one a little more room to absorb and reflect on the material. Instead, I had to pause and rewind. A lot. It seemed like the narrator was trying to rush through his job and I am becoming dissuaded from purchasing educational books in audiobook format due to this being a common experience on Audible.
He made me rewind many times because he read too fast, so I got to listen to certain paragraphs multiple times.
There were many a-ha moments that challenged my default beliefs about society that had been fed to me since I was young. For instance, the terms "distribution of income." Sowell argues that this is often a misnomer when people speak of distribution of income in a society, as income is not "distributed" by some central agency like Social Security or pre-determined like the distribution of height. So I have to be more aware of when language is used in a misleading way as it can influence on how one thinks or feels about an issue.
Dear Audible: Please have your narrators slow down! This is not a speed reading contest; we customers buy this book to absorb and enjoy. I know I can have the book read at .75x, but the sound byte becomes echoic and painful to listen to.
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