Capitalism and Freedom, Fortieth Anniversary Edition

Narrated by: Michael Edwards
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Money & Finance, Economics
4.5 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Great book. Impossible listening experience

The narrator alternates between words and sentences pronounced quickly to super slowly. It’s impossible to find a convenient listening speed, as it is always too slow or too fast at different times

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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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A Classic Miserably Produced and Narrated.

What a shame that this major classic in the history of economics and politics suffers from an insufferable narration. It deserved much, much better.

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unbearable to listen to

the preview narrator is not the same as the author in the meat of 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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ALL Economists Are Hard to Read

I admire greatly the thinking and writing of economists. That said ALL of my favorite and unfavorite economists write in a style that puts them on the verge of being incomprehensible. I have the highest opinion of Mr. Friedman. But please, please. Don't force me to read his books. Can I please see just the outline??

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Fantastic Book. BUT, Narrator will make ears bleed

A classic. This book is a must read given the current rise of socialists and their incessant cry for the government to nationalize everything. However, this narrator is probably the worst person on the planet that they could have possibly picked to make this into an audio book. The narrator sounds like the voice of the very first Garmin GPS's to come out. Finding out that this narrator was not, in fact, a robot would be to my astonishment. The narrator absolutely ruined what could have been an enjoyable audio book. If you do listen to this narrator, get some band-aids ready for your bleeding ears.

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excellent and full of great points

Milton Friedman nails it everytime! 5his audiobook covers so much about economics and the political climate around it's issues.

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  • 03-19-19

Neoliberalism explained. Get to know your enemy!

Book explains why everybody thought free markets will best take care of the world if left to own devices and offers clear insight into premises used by the today's elites to lead us. And, may I add, when one takes into account the environmental damage this thinking is doing, books helps one understand why it is so wrong and dangerous.

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  • 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.

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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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