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  • Finite and Infinite Games

  • By: James Carse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

“There are at least two kinds of games,” states James P. Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. “One could be called finite, the other infinite.” Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, which is when they end. But infinite games are more mysterious. Their object is not winning but ensuring the continuation of play. The rules may change, the boundaries may change, even the participants may change - as long as the game is never allowed to come to an end.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but not well explained

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-07-18

Interesting, but not well explained

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

There are frustratingly few examples of the complex ideas the author is trying to communicate, which detracts from the listener's ability to comprehend. The book is rife with phrases like "the finite game is played within boundaries, while the infinite game plays with boundaries." After about 5 phrases in a row like this, you'd really like an example to fully illustrate what he means, which the author adamantly refuses to provide. It's a real shame because I thought the themes the author plays with really do explore some interesting ways of viewing the world and shaping one's view of the world.

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