I have found this the best set of lectures on economics so far. The presenter paces himself. explains a concept and then gives an anecdote. This has..Show More » enabled me to comprehend relatively difficult concepts with ease. I own a small business and have never really understood a lot of the terms used in the modern press that relate to finance. I wish I had learned this information at the beginning of my career. It would have helped me enormously. I give this 5 stars.
I enjoyed this lecture series. Enough to listen a second time; both for better understanding and for more recall for conversations with friends. The ..Show More »narration was great. Professor Taylor is a gifted speaker. My only negative comment is that this series was produced at least 10 years ago. Audible's release date makes it seem more current.
Digs beneath the usually invoked capitalistic thinkers of Smith and Marx to other intellectuals over the years who have added to the dialogue of talki..Show More »ng about Capitalism. The lectures also go beyond the economic and political impacts to discussions on the impact on family dynamics.
I've listened to almost all of the economics Great Courses and this might be the best one. I just finished listening to it a second time. I wish Rober..Show More »t Whaples did more courses. His survey of economists' opinions is a great supplement to the data and arguments he provides for the respective issues. Every lecture is packed with data and powerful arguments backed by economic theory. The Walmart lecture was very enlightening. Prof. Whaples disabuses the listener of the many misconceptions about the company and provides the economists' consensus analysis regarding its huge benefit to society. He convinced me that the Postal Service needs to be privatized, the inflation rate is egregiously overstated year after year by the CPI, and the U.S. poverty rate is in need of serious revision. I learned so much from this course. Prof. Whaples really makes you think about things that you don't often think about. I'm going to have to keep returning to it to retain all the information. After listening to this course you'll want to investigate all of these issues further. I can't recommend this course highly enough.
I hope this professor will produce something newer, as I would be very interested in his post-2008 take on things. He mixes statistics (such as per ca..Show More »pita GDP compared betwen countries, and changes in that over time) with the narrative history effectively. I wouldn't say I was stunned by any bit of information, but I was pleased with the overall walk-through, which sharpened my knowledge. He did have some very interesting stats and conjectures about what has and particularly hasn't worked in Africa and the Middle East. He works his way around the entire planet, and major economy-shaping events of the last several decades. In mid-2008, delivering this lecture series, he seemed to have underestimated how bad things were going to get. But that is true of most people, including most economists. His voice sometimes takes on a bit of an urgent or intense tone that can be slightly grating. But it is not significant, and wouldn't stop me from listening through this course (or others by him). I understand he has a lot to say in a compressed amount of time. I also enjoyed his global economic history of the 20th century.
Although the conceptual portions of the course were easily understood, much of this course cannot be retained or understood without the study guide. ..Show More »When the speaker goes into great detail of equations and charts, it is impossible to follow while driving or just listening.
This work is clear, well-structured, well-paced, and understandable. It moves fluidly between practical pointers (sometimes checklist-like, with nice..Show More » summaries) and examples that keep it moving nicely. I admire the work of a professor who has obviously invested plenty of time, thought and experience into making such a crafted and polished product. I have read other books in this area (most recently "Guide to Decision Making" by H. Drummond here at audible), and I do like to sample around, but this one for me is head and shoulders above anything I've seen. Plugging these suggestions in to current decisions (alone or with others) makes me feel more like I am flying with "instruments" versus guessing with gaping (unknown) blind spots. Yet, the approach is not "paint by numbers:" good human reckoning is still required, but augmented with the assistance of various guides, reminders and prompts along the way. I'm sure I will listen through this one again.
It just so happens I am a grad student in a business leadership program in the midwest. Since we are off for the summer I was looking for something to..Show More » help keep me from getting rusty, so I've been listening to this course while driving back and forth to work.
I prefer the half hour format per lecture (my drive is about that length). While not as in depth as the individual courses I've taken so far, as one would expect the perspective is slightly different from those presented by my professors and the case studies are different from the ones we discussed in class giving me the opportunity to digest the content in a more nuanced manner.
I enjoyed these lectures on US contract law. They were presented at a fairly high-level, as you'd expect, but I felt they hit all the key areas. Pro..Show More »fessor Cross has an amiable, easy style that makes the lectures very enjoyable and hopefully less intimidating for non-lawyers.
I wanted to give the lectures five stars across the board, but I felt the need to withhold a star for two reasons. My reasons may be minor and may something to do with my preferred style of learning, but together I felt they warranted four instead of five overall stars.
First, for a somewhat complex topic like contract law where many topics/sub-topics are covered, it would have been helpful to have been given a "road map" and then reminded of it from time to time. By a roadmap, I mean a summary of the topics to be covered and their roles and important inter-relationships and status report of which we'd covered and which we were still coming down the pike.
Second, I felt that the professor should have been more precise about the facts of the cases he mentioned. It was a bit weird to first hear something, `This was a case about the purchase of a boat by a policeman` and then, `No, sorry, it was a case about a car bought by a policeman or a fireman or someone`. The legal point the professor was making was not lost because he got the relevant facts right, but the confusion about other facts seemed a bit unpolished, especially given the relatively small number of cases.
One more point: it would have been nice to have the case names so the keeners among us could have Googled them.
Still, overall very enjoyable.
I wish there were more law-related lectures like these available on Audible.
I enjoyed Professor Cross's lectures on U.S. tort law, as I did his other series of lectures on U.S. contract law. Professor Cross has an amiable, eas..Show More »y style that makes the lectures enjoyable and less intimidating sounding, even though the topic is law.
My only quibble was that I had wished the professor had been a bit more precise about the facts of the cases mentioned. It would also have been nice to have the actual case names so the keeners among us could have Googled some of them.
As I've said before, it would be great if there were more law lectures like these available on Audible. I'd buy them.
(Here'a a suggestion, Audible: How about Blackstone's Commentaries? I've always wanted to read those. Has anyone prepared an audio version of that classic?)
This professor is passionate, obviously engaged with his subject, clear and accessible. This survey moves across many big books full of ideas pretty q..Show More »uickly, so naturally it does not get into the more abstract and technical fine points. But to readily get a good basic feel for these ideas and thinkers (and their writing, which is critiqued a bit, and explained in light of the prevalent ideas of their times), one couldn't start at a better place.
I have read many books that weave in and out of this topic, but it is nice to hear a decade-by-decade walk-through. It is detail-rich (for a fast over..Show More »view from 30,000 feet, as the saying goes), with good meaningful stats blended in, all delivered in a fast cadence by the professor. Note, Glass-Steagal was still in effect when this was produced, making it between 10 and 15 years old. Thus, the kinds of reflections and additional insights that might have appeared based on lessons we have learned since then is not there. But, that wasn't my goal here anyway. I am SO happy audible acquired this series! My wish list is stuffed with them.
In the vein of Freakonomics, Professor Taylor, undoubtedly one of the best Great Courses lecturers, provides you with a novel perspective on a variety..Show More » of issues. Kidney transplants, traffic congestion, terrorism, marriage, procreation, discrimination, addiction, obesity, and voting; Prof. Taylor gently but fascinatingly analyzes all of these areas with economics in mind. He doesn't tell you what to but how to think more clearly about these subjects. Highly recommended.
This recording gives a very good overview of the current state of what it predicts will be the 3 most important economies over the coming century. The..Show More » authour presents a balanced narrative with a short history of each of these 3 economies and predictions about what is likely to happen in the future.
The narration is delivered by the authour and is interesting and easy to listen to. If I have any gripe about the book, it is that I was left wanting more.
Bad analogies and useless anecdotes made this lecture series feel like it was trying to fill time. Since it was already one of the shorter Great Cour..Show More »ses lectures, I felt myself getting irritated every time the narrator went off on some long tangent that added nothing to my understanding of the subject material. In the end, I felt as though I learned little more than I had picked up by talking to the investment adviser at my bank that handles my IRA. I think the first half of the course is intended for people with absolutely no understanding of business or investing.
Excellent content, but you need to watch the video
The course content was excellent. However, because there's a lot of math/statistics involved, listening to equations being spoken leaves you missing o..Show More »ut. I'm a long-time Teaching Company (aka The Great Courses) customer and I wish I had purchase this item directly from them in the video format. Although I was excited to see it on Audible (where it is also cheaper), it was just too hard to follow without actually seeing anything.
I am both a lawyer and a banker. Notwithstanding significant professional training, I found very useful new info in this course. I also found helpfu..Show More »l motivation to review and revise some of my personal financial plan.
If you are in doubt about this course, get it. Listen and take notes. Apply the principles and you will sleep more peacefully now, and thank yourself for years to come.