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How can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the threat it poses to individual freedom? In this classic book, Milton Friedman provides the definitive statement of his immensely influential economic philosophy - one in which competitive capitalism serves as both a device for achieving economic freedom and a necessary condition for political freedom. The result is an accessible text that has sold well over half a million copies in English, has been translated into 18 languages, and shows every sign of becoming more and more influential as time goes on.

This updated edition includes a new preface by the author.

©1962, 1982, 2002 The University of Chicago (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Mike S.
  • Elizabeth, CO United States
  • 01-25-18

A poor execution of a great book.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Capitalism and Freedom is a well-written and insightful book on the merits of economic, political, and civil freedom. Unfortunately, this narrative is poorly executed and does not do the content justice. Thus, I would not recommend this recording to any of my friends or colleagues.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator for the main portion of the recording (Preface onward) has a high, reedy voice, poor intonation and awkward cadence. The audio recording and mixing was of poor quality and reminded me of elementary school audio filmstrips. Overall, I found the clumsy delivery so distracting that I was unable to finish the book.

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Utterly Impossible To Listen To

I have seriously underestimated how important the reader is to how enjoyable/understandable these audiobooks are. I was so looking forward to listening to this book but the cadence and intonation (or lack thereof) of this this reader made the book all but completely impossible to follow. THE VOICE ON THE SAMPLE TRACK IS ONLY THE VOICE FOR THE INTRO. Fortunately Audible lets you exchange books that are no good. I recommend either Free to Choose or The Road to Serfdom as alternatives with better readers.

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Worse than listening to Bieber

Great topic and great book for econ lovers and students, but the narration crushed my desire to keep listening. I did, because I thoroughly enjoy Friedman's ideas, but just a terrible listen.

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Must read for any American.

Love the content. Hate hate hate the narrator. I tried a couple versions and didn't like any. This was the best of all the bad performances.

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  • raymond taptue
  • 02-26-18

Total disrespect to Milton Friedman.

the reading was a disaster for this piece of arts. parts missing. I would not recommend this book to anyone. it is incomplete and the reader is the worst I have come to in my whole life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-18

Brilliant book, very poor audio

The book is deffinitely a good read, but I don't recommend listening to this audiobook. It's very poor quality, almost like a voice synthesizer. The voice makes the book really boring to listen.