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Ricardo Ernst

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  • Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

  • By: Robert Kuttner
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Before and after World War II, a serendipitous confluence of events created a healthy balance between the market and the polity - between the engine of capitalism and the egalitarian ideals of democracy. A global financial system was devised explicitly to allow nations to manage capitalism.  Yet this golden era turned out to be lightning in a bottle. From the 1970s on, a power shift occurred, in which financial regulations were rolled back, taxes were cut, inequality worsened, and disheartened voters turned to far-right faux populism. Can democracy find a way to survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hits the nail on the head about whats wrong today

  • By Daniel Temple on 07-26-18

Definitely a different perspective!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Overall it is definitely a great book. I found it a little bit biased and one-sided but worthwhile reading it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The African Experience: From 'Lucy' to Mandela

  • By: Kenneth P. Vickery, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth P. Vickery
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

The story of Africa is the oldest and most event-filled chronicle of human activity on the planet. And in these 36 lectures, you'll explore this great historical drama, tracing the story of the sub-Saharan region of the continent from the earliest evidence of human habitation to the latest challenges facing African nations in the 21st century. By learning with these lectures, you'll finally be able to bust myths and correct potential misunderstandings about Africa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Africa Found!

  • By Logical Paradox on 03-12-14

Everything you need to know about Africa!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Keep in mind this is part of the Greta Courses. As such they do an AMAZING job compiling all you need to know about this magnificent Continent in a very concise set of 36 30 minute lectures. The companion PDF is also extremely useful.

  • Grave New World

  • The End of Globalization, the Return of History
  • By: Stephen D. King
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Globalization, long considered the best route to economic prosperity, is not inevitable. An approach built on the principles of free trade and, since the 1980s, open capital markets is beginning to fracture. With disappointing growth rates across the Western world, nations are no longer willing to sacrifice national interests for global growth, nor are their leaders able - or willing - to sell the idea of pursuing a global agenda of prosperity to their citizens.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to Stay Focused

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-24-17

A misleading story!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Grave New World to be better than the print version?

N/A

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen D. King? Why or why not?

I find his style very cynical. The arguments used in this book can EASILY be used to support Globalization. I would argue that he tries hard to make points by creating his own set of benchmarks.

Not ALL citizens around the world have to be billionaires! If ALL are doing better while some more than others IT IS OK! If you hate that some are doing better than you but you are also doing better it is called "jealousy" not a Grave New World.

There is a problem IF some are doing better and others worse.. that is a REAL problem. Has Globalization made some of those, no doubt but OVERALL it has done more good than evil.

Which character – as performed by Shaun Grindell – was your favorite?

N/A

If you could give Grave New World a new subtitle, what would it be?

Globalization and The New World: Taking a New Twist in its Own Evolution

Any additional comments?

Read the book trying to use his arguments to see the positive side of Globalization and you will enjoy the book much more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Euro

  • How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe
  • By: Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

In The Euro, Nobel Prize-winning economist and best-selling author Joseph E. Stiglitz dismantles the prevailing consensus around what ails Europe, demolishing the champions of austerity while offering a series of plans that can rescue the continent - and the world - from further devastation. Hailed by its architects as a lever that would bring Europe together and promote prosperity, the euro has done the opposite. As Stiglitz persuasively argues, the crises revealed the shortcomings of the euro.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Basic Premise but with wacky ideas thrown in.

  • By Hectoris on 09-28-17

ANY questions about the Euro? THIS IS IT!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-17

What did you love best about The Euro?

Very comprehensive evaluation from inception to today. A bit negatively biased but very well documented and explained.

Any additional comments?

Strongly recommend for anybody that would like to better understand anything about the Euro. Stiglitz answers ALL the questions: What?, When?, Who? Why?, Why not? In summary: great job!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Israel

  • A Concise History of a Nation Reborn
  • By: Daniel Gordis
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

Israel is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world's attention, aroused its imagination, and, lately, been the object of its opprobrium. Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? More pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future? We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel's people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read; shows history, current story & nuance

  • By Wolfman on 11-13-17

A great book to calibrate your knowledge on Israel

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Where does Israel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a GREAT book. Even if you think you know the history, it will be a refreshing historical revision.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Israel?

No particular one. The narrative is very engaging.

What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

He is very engaging.

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

Israel: from conception to realization ... a fascinating story!

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,668

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come one, Come all into 1984!

  • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08

Whatever you have read about it .... it's true!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

probably... it is captivating...

What was one of the most memorable moments of 1984?

The main character's struggle with duality

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but he does a SUPERB job!

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

How relationship with Julia... and the final betrayal... shocking!

Any additional comments?

Definitely a classic! Definitely you should listen to it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,842

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

A bit predictable...

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

If you could sum up The Nix in three words, what would they be?

The Nix is a distraction for a predictable story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Samuel... poor guy! He is definitely a very nice human being but with a very weak character!...

What about Ari Fliakos’s performance did you like?

He does a SUPERB job!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile at times... never laugh never cry...

Any additional comments?

The author does a VERY GOOD job dividing the story of the multiple characters and assembling it back in a coherent way. However, most of it is predictable and The Nix does not play a key role in the whole story. I found it an unnecessary distraction to introduce particularities of the Scandinavian culture.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of Nations

  • Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World
  • By: Ruchir Sharma
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

Shaped by his 25 years traveling the world and enlivened by encounters with tycoons, presidents, and villagers from Rio to Beijing, Ruchir Sharma's The Rise and Fall of Nations rethinks the "dismal science" of economics as a practical art. Narrowing the thousands of factors that can shape a country's fortunes to 10 clear rules, Sharma explains how to spot political, economic, and social changes in real time. He shows how to read political headlines, black markets, the price of onions, and billionaire rankings as signals of booms, busts, and protests.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Journalistic overview book

  • By J Garner on 09-14-16

Fantastic book!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-16

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

It is concise and to the point. The author is very good at summarizing his points.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The way he makes sense out of his ideas some of which are counter intuitive.

If you could give The Rise and Fall of Nations a new subtitle, what would it be?

Understanding the dynamic forces driving change.

  • The Rise and Fall of American Growth

  • The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War
  • By: Robert J. Gordon
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 30 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, home appliances, motor vehicles, air travel, air conditioning, and television transformed households and workplaces. With medical advances, life expectancy between 1870 and 1970 grew from 45 to 72 years. The Rise and Fall of American Growth provides an in-depth account of this momentous era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book is a great review of how we got to where we are today

  • By isaiah on 09-13-16

A must!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

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

This book will put in perspective many of he things you already know but in a very organized way bringing more meaning to them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rise and Fall of American Growth?

N/A

Which scene was your favorite?

N/A

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It makes you think about the times we are leaving and into the future.

Any additional comments?

Strongly recommend it... L O N G but worth it...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,457
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,875
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,823

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

The right sense of pride!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

What did you love best about The Boys in the Boat?

The book does a fantastic job reviving the difficult times during 1936 Olympics in Germany. It makes you reflect into how great was America even back then... with ingenuity and true sense of pride... we need some of that now! :-)

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boys in the Boat?

Winning the gold medal... what a PUSH for an incredible accomplishment!

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

You could easily do it but better enjoyed in pieces so you can digest as it builds...

Any additional comments?

Great book!