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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.

    11 of 11 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 2010
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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


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bob 05-31-11
    Bob 05-31-11
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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!

    15 of 17 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 2010

    ...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 12-28-13
    Ha2tim 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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    Stanley W. Harbour 02-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Extremely Enlightening!"

    This was in excellent reminder that sound principles apply for all time and abuses of those principles are likewise always a burden.

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 01-20-15
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2014

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "ADAM SMITH"

    “The Wealth of Nations” is often referred to but rarely read or listened to in the 21st century. Thirty Six hours of an audio book is punishing. However, one is surprised by Adam Smith’s prescient understanding of the value of freedom and his appreciation of American and British conflict over American’ colonization. “The Wealth of Nations” is not only about economics. It is about politics as an essential ingredient of economics.

    Visiting “The Wealth of Nations” is a worthwhile journey into history. One wonders–Is there a 21st century Adam Smith in America’s future or is he/she pottering around Asia, Europe, the Middle East, or Africa and not yet recognized? Is there an alternative to free market capitalism that insures freedom and offers prosperity?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Kreinbrink Ludington, MI 01-10-15
    John Kreinbrink Ludington, MI 01-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great to help understand government & economics"

    Adam Smith's analysis of governments is as relevant today as 240 years ago.
    Many politicians should listen to this book.

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    David 09-14-14
    David 09-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant"
    If you could sum up The Wealth of Nations in three words, what would they be?

    Adam Smith is brilliant!!! Being able to listen to the wealth of nations as I commute weather it be on bart or by car is amazing!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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