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Max Weber's best-known and most controversial work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, first published in 1904, remains to this day powerful and fascinating. Weber's highly accessible style is just one of many reasons for his continuing popularity. The book contends that the Protestant ethic made possible and encouraged the development of capitalism in the West. Widely considered as the most informed work ever written on the social effects of advanced capitalism, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism holds its own as one of the most significant books of the 20th century. The book is one of those rare works of scholarship which no informed citizen can afford to ignore.

Public Domain (P)2017 Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC

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A missed opportunity

The content of Weber's book is well worth familiarizing yourself with. However, the dull and dry tone of the narrator makes it a struggle to listen to. This is made worse by numerous occasions where the narrator stumbles over his words. The sound engineer really dropped the ball here by not suggesting another attempt at the reading, or at least editing the mishaps. I was also surprised to find that the final chapter was nothing but music, and not a very good selection at that. I don't like to criticize all of these details, but for an audiobook production, it's poorly done. Max Weber clearly took his time to provide a detailed account of the protestant influence in capitalism, so its a shame that what could have been a captivating listen turned out to be a chore.

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Very good unprejudiced scholar

It is refreshing to read a book by a real scholar. Hey makes very good points very accurately. A must read for any civilized person.

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Great Jump Start

This is a challenging book in audio from because it's so dense with content. It is a proper gateway into the subject of how religious ethos affected the culture around good work ethic. Several other books on similar topics were written around this time period and are worth exploring as well.
I was lectured on this book from a Marxist professor who thought capitalism and religion were both evil and exploitative. It's no wonder she never made us read directly from the source, otherwise her students would doubt what she was preaching.
Instant classic in my opinion. It also helped answer some questions I had about different religious denominations in the US and what they believed in.

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  • 05-22-18

This is an academic essay

This is an important book, still very significant today but is not easy for the lay reader to fully comprehend on first listening - for me short listenings, say 30 minutes, every day and re-listening allowed me to grasp and consider what Weber is saying. The narrator assists the reader and does not get in the way, he has a voice that is smooth yet engaging. Keep in mind that the essay was written over 100 years ago.

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  • 02-06-18

Boring book

So boring book
The reading was really good but the book itself is so boring

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