We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China, and What It Means for All of Us | [Robyn Meredith]

The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China, and What It Means for All of Us

Exotic India is as near as the voice answering an 800 number for one dollar an hour. Communist China is as close as the nearest Wal-Mart, its shelves full of goods made in Chinese factories. But India and China are vastly different nations, with opposing economic and political strategies - strategies we must understand to survive in the new global economy. The Elephant and the Dragon explains how these nations have spurred a new "gold rush", and what this will mean for the rest of the world.
Regular Price:$20.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

In the streets of India, camels pull carts loaded with construction materials, and monkeys race across roads, dodging cars. In China, men in Mao jackets pedal bicycles along newly built highways, past skyscrapers sprouting like bamboo. Yet exotic India is as near as the voice answering an 800 number for one dollar an hour. Communist China is as close as the nearest Wal-Mart, its shelves full of goods made in Chinese factories.

Not since the United States rose to prominence a century ago have we seen such tectonic shifts in global power; but India and China are vastly different nations, with opposing economic and political strategies - strategies we must understand in order to survive in the new global economy.

The Elephant and the Dragon explains how these two Asian nations, each with more than a billion people, have spurred a new "gold rush", and what this will mean for the rest of the world.

©2007 Robyn Meredith; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Robyn Meredith's systematic analysis fills the gap in a spirited, readable manner." (Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes)
"An exciting and journalistic account of one of the great economic stories of our time: the transformation of China and India." (Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winning economist)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (286 )
5 star
 (74)
4 star
 (117)
3 star
 (67)
2 star
 (21)
1 star
 (7)
Overall
3.8 (56 )
5 star
 (16)
4 star
 (19)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Story
3.8 (56 )
5 star
 (16)
4 star
 (17)
3 star
 (18)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    R. Reed Boone, NC 05-12-08
    R. Reed Boone, NC 05-12-08 Member Since 2008

    Prof. Reed

    HELPFUL VOTES
    97
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Confused and not scholarly"

    The problem with Robyn Meredith's book is that she cannot make up her mind. Alternately a fundamentalist free-trader and then demanding more government regulation, she fails to have more than an ad hoc understanding of China and India. Perhaps this because she has no clear understanding of either countries history. Content with caricatures, she never really tries to understand the broad sweep of either of these countries 3000+ history or culture.

    The other thing the alert reader will find distressing is her easy switching between anecdote and statistics and real numbers. The combination of which appears to make an argument, but in reality actually hides the truth rather than presents it. When Meredith states that "tens of millions of Chinese have been lifted out of poverty" that sounds impressive until one realizes that such a number would still leave more than 90% of the country impoverished. By failing to stick with more consistent statistical percentages, Meredith can create an illusion of greater prosperity than is really merited.

    Certainly, this is a better introduction to the issues of Globalization than Tom Friedman's rightfully excoriated work and yet it suffers from some of the same problems of substituting isolated anecdotes for real data. It is by no means a scholarly book and should be taken as a business reporters reflections rather than a real contribution to understanding the economics of gloablization.

    A word also about the audiobook for audible listeners. The narrator here has a mechanical voice that I was convinced was computer generated for quite a while. Her lifeless reading makes the book that much more difficult to take. When combined with the myriad flaws of the text itself I would give this book a pass. I am still looking for a good book on globalization on audible. If I find one I will update this review.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard Cocoa, FL, USA 08-16-07
    Richard Cocoa, FL, USA 08-16-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    139
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    41
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Readable, even enjoyable, macroeconomics"

    This is an excellent synopsis of the emerging Asian economies of China and India presaging the implications of their economic growth and "coming of age" as global powers.

    The author does a wonderful job of combining economic statistics with the stories of leaders and individuals that illustrate the meaning of the raw numbers. Economics may be the "dismal science," but Robyn Meredith makes it quite readable, even enjoyable.

    Some of author's own political opinions color the "hard facts" contained in this book - which would be fine if clearly written as such. On the other hand, it would be almost impossible to write anything but the most bland statistical "yada, yada, yada" on this theme without some of the author's point of view creeping into the pages. Fortunately, these "transgressions" are few and detract little from the overall reading (or listening) experience.

    On a technical note, the audio recording's volume levels seemed to be on the low side making listening on my "smartphone" difficult in the car, and other noisy environments. On my laptop, I could compensate for this, but some smartphone or portable MP3 player users may have similar difficulties. The recording's volume level can be corrected using volume compression, or normalization, during playback on many devices.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Roger San Diego, CA, USA 07-02-09
    Roger San Diego, CA, USA 07-02-09 Member Since 2002
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Good content, awful narration"

    I spent the whole book wondering: Is there really is someone so relentlessly bland employed in this capacity, or did they just have a computer read it? The info is good if a little dry, but the narrator put me to sleep faster than a nine-iron upside the head.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Llewelyn Bowie, MD, USA 05-27-08
    Llewelyn Bowie, MD, USA 05-27-08 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great Informative Read"

    I'm sure I will listen to this at least two more times. If you enjoyed The World Is Flat, you will appreciate this also. The author provides a great snapshot of the historical underpinnings behind the growth of India and China and also explains the intersection of culture, politics and economics.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sj Brooklyn, NY, USA 01-22-08
    Sj Brooklyn, NY, USA 01-22-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Automaton narrator"

    This book was a fantastic read (hear?). I didn't know anything about Indian or Chinese history and it gave me the basic tools to understand why both of these countries are drawing such attention, by drawing comparisons and contrasts between the two countries over the last 50 years. I feel "smarter" and more aware of current politics outside of the American political bubble we live in.

    The only drawback (and this was my first audiobook so maybe this is just the way things are) was that the narrator sounded like an automaton, like a computer recorded voice that says "for english, press one."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Greg Bel Aire, KS, United States 12-08-07
    Greg Bel Aire, KS, United States 12-08-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    78
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Fantastic"

    Does an excellent job of explaining how both India and China came to hold near-superpower status. This book goes beyond The World is Flat as it addresses the link between the US and Chinese economies. I have recommeneded it to many friends and have listened to it many times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jason Chicago, IL, USA 10-14-07
    Jason Chicago, IL, USA 10-14-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    30
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "very good"

    Best audiobook I've listened to so far. It was interesting and very informative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    George New Orleans, LA, United States 09-23-13
    George New Orleans, LA, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Some interesting discussion"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book had some interesting portions.
    The summary of the industrialization of India is concise, solid, and compelling in a fact-y way. In addition, the discussion of the supply chains of modern goods is interesting and vivid.

    The rest of the book is fairly forgettable. There is little original research nor are any interesting theses proposed. The writing is competent but not terribly engaging.

    I recommend it if you are very interested in one of the above subjects. Otherwise take a pass.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    M VALLEY FALLS, KS, United States 07-29-12
    M VALLEY FALLS, KS, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "relevant information but dated"
    Any additional comments?

    The title delivers on the topic, except that the information is dated because this book was written before the global economic recession of 2008. The book's discussion and review of corporate activity in India and China is more glowing than I think is warranted. However the book does address problems for both the West and Eastern nations in the rise of these two Asian giants. It serves as a decent introduction to changes that have happened, are happening, and may happen for the world, and particularly the US, in light of Asia's economic development, Being unfamiliar with the topic except occasional newspaper articles, I found enough in this book to satisfy my initial interest. It paints a broad background sketch of some rapid changes that have occurred within the last couple decades.

    The saccharin, complacent voice of Laural Merlington would suit a romance novel more than a book analyzing economic, social, and political trends. She reads clearly, but her tone and inflection do not support serious non-fiction. As I listened, I kept thinking a unicorn was going to arrive to save the day. I had the impression throughout the book that she was just reading rather than processing (understanding) the words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    FDH Raleigh, NC 08-14-11
    FDH Raleigh, NC 08-14-11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    "Interesting information but much too DATED!"

    Neglected to note the publishing date of this book - which was about 2007 - but there are many comments about "what is going to happen in 2006" - so the information in the changing economy is frustratingly out of date. Not worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 21 results PREVIOUS123NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.