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Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It audiobook cover art
  • Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It
  • By: Dambisa Moyo
  • Narrated by: Pamala Tyson

Underwhelming

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

The body of the work reads like a college student's paper or cut past from a couple of years of articles from the economist. She presents random factoids, quotes and assertions and draws conclusions which are subjective opinions at best. It goes down hill from there with her recommendations which for each one there are equally strong arguments why they would not work or would not have the desired impact. "Insist politicians have a career outside of politics" she claims will help fix the problem - two best examples of that are Trump and George W!. Make voting compulsory like Australia but also like the Congo - a great example. Pay politicians bonus for targets like growing GDP - you'd be paying Trump a bonus for his tax cuts! Growth solves the problem - we can't grow infinitum!

She either glosses over or ignores the key issues of; culture, intergenerational and religious wars, overpopulation, inequality and the biggest issue of all - no matter how much growth there is there are an increasing number of losers and if you open the flood gates for free movement of people which she prefers then there will only be more disaffected voters in the west.

Rather than waste valuable time reading/listening to this I would suggest Francis Fukuyama' Political Order and Political Decay and Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty First Century for some impressive scholarship and an understanding of the causes for our demise and potential solutions.

Phoenix Sub Zero audiobook cover art

Unbelievable and too many technical errors or impossible escapes

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

I swore to myself that I wouldn’t read another in this series but lost my willpower. Implausible story and too many technical errors!

The Apostle audiobook cover art

bad plot, bad canadian accent

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Would you try another book from Brad Thor and/or Armand Schultz?

no

What do you think your next listen will be?

Ben Coes

What didn’t you like about Armand Schultz’s performance?

People shouldn't try accents if they can't do them - his attempt a Canadian accent was laughable

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Its as though Thor is trying to write a movie script - with witty repartee which is neither witty nor interesting. Thor comes a long way behind Lee Child. Ben Coes or even Vince Flynn in the tough guy save the world hero genre. Although I promised once before I commit again to never buy a another Thor book

Blowback audiobook cover art

Hopefully he pays royalties to Vince Flynn

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Would you try another book from Brad Thor and/or George Guidall?

Probably 1 mmore

Has Blowback turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not the genre but almost turned me off the author

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

He is very good, have listed to him on a number of books

Could you see Blowback being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes - I am guessing he wrote it while watching Die Hard so a young Bruce Willis or maybe just with a hair piece

Any additional comments?

The situations the hero gets in and out of are totally unrealistic and on a similar level to Die Hard 4.0. I will probably try one more in the series but definitely not as good as Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series (although it looks as though that's where he got the original idea - I hope he pays royalties)

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The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations Part 4 audiobook cover art

Weird ending

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

I was disappointed by the 4 th part
The last lecture seemed totally out of place and the lecturer in no way tied the themes together or concluded anything

First 3 parts were good