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Grunch of Giants

Narrated by: Andrew Heyl
Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Economics
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Here, Buckminster Fuller takes on the gigantic corporate megaliths that exert increasing control over every aspect of daily life. In the form of a modern allegory, he traces the evolution of these multinational giants from the post-World War II military-industrial complex to the current army of abstract legal entities known as the corporate world. GRUNCH stands for Gross Universal Cash Heist.

©1983 Buckminster Fuller (P)2015 The Estate of Buckminster Fuller

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when smart people speak it is best to listen

I'm a firm believer that anything whose message holds up over the course of time should be reread and shared, this is one of those books. A very distinguished life or a lot was done to positively impact the world that you live in today his thoughts are deep and a bit mind boggling but well worth engaging with

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Nice text, unbearable listening

The book by itself seemed good. But the reading seems performed by a reading robot almost-impossible-to-cope-with-the-word-silence-word intonation!!!! very bad audio.

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So many run-on sentences it’s hard to follow

Just waiting for the author to make his points is painful. The unnecessarily conjoined words also don’t help to communicate the ideas.

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Too Complicated

This is a very hard read. Way too complicated for the average reader. This was highly regarded from a different author and has some good examples, but I feel like I need a PhD to understand it.

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Great information, terrible intonation of reading

This was the hardest audiobook to follow primarily because of the mono-toned reading. There was very little inflection of the voice as if there is no punctuation. I did my best to just listen to the words but it was VERY painful.

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EXCELLENT information!

The book was a little too technical for me, although I was intrigued with the information. That is why I was persistent in completing it.

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Excellently written, concise view of the world today and yesterday

This book is a concise and to the point synopsis of R. Buckminster Fuller’s view and take regarding life on planet Earth. Andrew Heyl does a wonderful job of narrating a rather complexly written book - kudos Mr. Heyl.

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Great Book

I really enjoyed the overall topic and subject matter, I found myself wishing that the
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Average

While the author is clearly very intelligent, I feel that only half of his hypothesis hold water. I do agree with much of the content. Be prepared, however, to read much in the way of parables and symbolisms.

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This book has thought provoking concepts.

I enjoy listening to this audiobook because it offers insight of how power, influence, and technology are changing the world. I like the narrator voice, tone, and the quality of the recording also noteworthy. The content of the book is focused and direct; therefore, some listeners might enjoy more examples, statistics, and secondary sources. Overall, I think that the author has well organized display of ideas and did not stray from his viewpoints. I would recommend others interested in this topic to listen to this audiobook.

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  • 07-30-19

interesting book to listen

Very eye opening book, how the powerful had played the game of power and their consequences on society.

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  • Jon P
  • 05-17-18

eye opening

along with some other very important information from say the likes of Robert Keyosaki, this book will really have you thinking about why finance is in the state it is!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-18

on repeat untill i get on my feet.

i enjoy hearing this book like it is my local radio station. i will continue to have this book on repeat until I get on my feet.