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mats

Strangnas, Sweden | Member Since 2011

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  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Doug Ordunio
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (785)

    Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

    Doug says: "Compelling pre-history and emergent history"
    "a little too deterministic"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the national geographic film with the same name. However, the deterministic view and almost anxious way of telling that there are really no differences between people and cultures other than geography and physical environment bored me in the end. Never got through more than 4 hours of listening before giving up

    However, I do not hate it so I give it three stars.

    Mats


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Never got to the ending :)


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, yet Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that they are all are examples of a mindset produced by scarcity. Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics, Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need.

    mats says: "important book for economists and other poets"
    "important book for economists and other poets"
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    Where does Scarcity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Important ideas put forward in an understandable manner


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    :)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. But both me and my future wife got ideas for our life and our research (we are social scientists)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (1630)
    Story
    (1645)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "a bit back to the good old stories"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes bc it is well performed with different "voices" and the story is funny


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    less of the childish "american" sex... But I guess that is why a lot of readers reat it :) Myself like grandma mazur and Lula.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed out loud a couple of times. Some seriously good oneliners


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (390)

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    Ryan says: "Important themes, with blind spots"
    "Very important in times of economic crisis"
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    If you could sum up Why Nations Fail in three words, what would they be?

    Why nations succeed :)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Clarity of the importance of freedom to create wealth for all!


    Any additional comments?

    I think they are correct on China! You only get some wealth for the elites when you do not have political freedom

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crash Proof: How to Profit From the Coming Economic Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter D. Schiff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    From both an economic and monetary perspective, the United States is a house of cards; impressive on the outside, but a disaster waiting to happen beneath the surface. In a relatively short period of time, the country has gone from the world's largest creditor to its greatest debtor; the value of the dollar has declined; and manufacturing has given way to non-exportable services.

    Paul says: "Wrote late 2006 and predicted 08 and 09 VERY well"
    "Peter Schiff is an important critic of society"
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    What did you like best about Crash Proof? What did you like least?

    The first part of the book is really good stuffThe last part of the book seemed more a election manifesto... As Schiff seems to be going into politics this may be the case. I am however not really interested in American politics :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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