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The Wealth of Nations | [Adam Smith]

The Wealth of Nations

The foundation for all modern economic thought and political economy, The Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus of Scottish economist Adam Smith, who introduces the world to the very idea of economics and capitalism in the modern sense of the words.
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The foundation for all modern economic thought and political economy, The Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus of Scottish economist Adam Smith, who introduces the world to the very idea of economics and capitalism in the modern sense of the words. Smith details his argument in five books:

  • Book I. Of the Causes of Improvement in the Productive Power of Labour
  • Book II. Of the Nature, Accumulation, and Employment of Stock Introduction
  • Book III. Of the Different Progress of Opulence in Different Nations
  • Book IV. Of Systems of Political Economy
  • Book V. Of the Revenue of the Sovereign or Commonwealth

Taken together, these books form a giant leap forward in the field of economics. A product of the "Age of Enlightenment," The Wealth of Nations is a must for all who wish to gain a better understanding of the principles upon which all modern capitalistic economies have been founded and the process of wealth creation that is engendered by those principles.

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    Frank West Valley City, UT, United States 06-03-11
    Frank West Valley City, UT, United States 06-03-11
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    "Loved the Narrator"

    The writings herein is brought forth with great workmanship of speech. Recording was wonderful and enjoyable through all 5 books.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Monte Clayton, NC, United States 03-12-12
    Monte Clayton, NC, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Amazingly accessible"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I had thought the Smith had anticipated much of our current understanding of the way markets function. Instead, he had all of the fundamentals figured out. I was fearing that it would be quite obscure in topic and language, but found it pleasantly accessible, if perhaps a bit long.

    As as reading the classics, I would definitely recommend this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The market.


    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    It fit the material.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Way Your World Works


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Tunkhannock, PA, United States 05-31-11
    Bob Tunkhannock, PA, United States 05-31-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Simply a classic. Much better audio this time."

    A couple of years ago, I purchased this title and really struggled with the quality of the audio. This newer edition is much better. As for the content, it is what it is. A classic that is the foundations to our current understanding of economics. It has great historical value but is not really an easy read. For me, its just something I had to get being an avid student in economics. I won't be giving a review of the subject matter since it is what it is and many have done much better that i could ever do. Just wanted to say this version has great audio!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Elma, WA, United States 01-07-13
    Shawn Elma, WA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wealth of Nations the most enjoyable?

    I am very interested in the history of capitalism and this book was very educational.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam Smith


    What does Gildart Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sounds like what I would expect someone from the time period of the book's writing to have sounded like; very aristocratic and educated. There are references in the book to our American colonies and Mr. Jackson's reading made is seem like it had just happened a short time prior.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not possible. I listen to the book when I am hiking which allows me to focus on the content.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a story book it is actually a text book or scholarly analysis. If you are in to economics, capitalism, or business, then this book is for you. I have read some of the book but l found listening to it to be a more effective way of absorbing it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Monte Johnston Clayton, NC 03-12-12
    Monte Johnston Clayton, NC 03-12-12 Member Since 2007

    ...master of none

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    "Amazingly accessible"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I had thought the Smith had anticipated much of our current understanding of the way markets function. Instead, he had all of the fundamentals figured out. I was fearing that it would be quite obscure in topic and language, but found it pleasantly accessible, if perhaps a bit long.

    As as reading the classics, I would definitely recommend this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The market.


    What about Gildart Jackson???s performance did you like?

    It fit the material.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Way Your World Works


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ha2tim Ohio 12-28-13
    Ha2tim Ohio 12-28-13 Member Since 2012

    ha2tim is a SelfMastery Coach, NationBuilder, Urban Shaman, and Hip-Hop Philospha

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    "Long but worth it"
    What did you love best about The Wealth of Nations?

    After hearing about Adam Smith and he being quoted time and time again, I finally decided to give him a listen, because I knew that I would not have the time or dedication to make through the book. I had built up my listening stamina through the years i have had Audible and began the journey. This is not a light listen, you will have to trudge through but the insights you receive will be worth it.


    What does Gildart Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    excellent reading voice, brought it to life as much as it is possible to bring a book about economics to life.


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

    I was shocked that the "invisible hand of the market" statement I heard quoted was not as big and powerful idea as i thought.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are trying to understand the basics of how economies work this is a good start.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 10-18-13
    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "How to be Pro Union and control guide book"

    I love this book in many ways. I like the part where he talks about if I do a job not in my job description then I should get paid for both jobs. So, at work I do three ‘jobs’ not in my description that should fall to others. This means I would make a lot of many, right? Except my boss doesn’t see it that way. Now the union guys get paid for it if they do it. No, we’re not union here. We’re stock traders.

    I also like the part about getting paid double if your married and your wife is home taking care of the kids. Now a ‘Wife’ is a VERY demanding job and I think women should get paid for it. I mean if you hired someone to do that kind of work you’d pay 100k a year for it. I’m not married, but I would give my ‘wife’ a salary if I had one and the government would stop taking half my income.

    I do understand the government better now and understand why they can’t control themselves. Their too busy listening to the 1% and going into debt. Like Dave Ramsey, Adam Smith says debt it dump and any government in debt should be removed from service. He then goes on to explain why gold has no value at all. Really? Then why do people want it?

    There are lot of parts to this book including sections as to why you should keep people dumb and ignorant. Or why women need to be controlled and kept under their fathers, brothers, or husbands ‘guidance.’ Basically do nothing to disturb the ‘learned man’ from keeping the country moving. There are even parts where he talks about using the unions to intentionally keep prices high or low. Plus how they can use their power to stop the government. The whole section on using religion to control the worlds population is worth a read by itself. I can see why the elite’s love this book.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Denver, CO, United States 11-13-12
    Robert Denver, CO, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A "must read" for serious economic students."
    Where does The Wealth of Nations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most memorable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The incredible depth of Adam Smith's economic analysis several centuries ago.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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