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    • Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy

    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: Roger Davis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy paints an epic picture of change in an intimate way by telling the stories of the tools, people, and ideas that had far-reaching consequences for all of us. From the plough to artificial intelligence, from Gillette's disposable razor to IKEA's Billy bookcase, best-selling author and Financial Times columnist Tim Harford recounts each invention's own curious, surprising, and memorable story.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing Book

    • By Jesse Murray on 06-29-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Undercover Economist

    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 414
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 217
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 215

    Author of the extremely popular "Dear Economist" column in Financial Times, Tim Harford reveals the economics behind everyday phenomena in this highly entertaining and informative book. Can a book about economics be fun to read? It can when Harford takes the reins, using his trademark wit to explain why it costs an arm and a leg to buy a cappuccino and why it's nearly impossible to purchase a decent used car.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Everyone needs to know this.

    • By Paul Norwood on 04-24-06

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Messy

    • The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives
    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it's important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Using research from neuroscience, psychology, and social science as well as captivating examples of real people doing extraordinary things, Tim Harford explains that the human qualities we value - creativity, responsiveness, resilience - are integral to the disorder, confusion, and disarray that produce them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm a neat freak with three kids...

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-13-16
    • The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives
    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 10-04-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 231 ratings

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy

    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: Roger Davis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    The world economy defies comprehension. A continuously changing system of immense complexity, it offers over 10 billion distinct products and services, doubles in size every 15 years, and links almost every one of the planet's seven billion people. How can we make sense of this bewildering system on which our lives depend? From the tally stick to Bitcoin, the canal lock to the jumbo jet, each invention in Tim Harford's fascinating new book has its own curious, surprising and memorable story, a vignette against a grand backdrop.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 50 Episodes of "Planet Money"

    • By Amazon Kunde on 08-24-18

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Adapt

    • Why Success Always Starts with Failure
    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 164

    In this groundbreaking work, Tim Harford shows us a new and inspiring approach to solving the most pressing problems in our lives. Harford argues that today’s challenges simply cannot be tackled with ready-made solutions and expert opinions; the world has become far too unpredictable and profoundly complex. Instead, we must adapt. Deftly weaving together psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, physics, and economics, along with compelling stories of hard-won lessons learned in the field, Harford makes a passionate case for the importance of adaptive trial-and-error....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Will Prove Influential

    • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12
    • Why Success Always Starts with Failure
    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 06-03-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 209 ratings

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

    • How to Run - or Ruin - an Economy
    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart, Gavin Osborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 103

    A provocative and lively exploration of the increasingly important world of macroeconomics, by the author of the bestselling The Undercover Economist. Thanks to the worldwide financial upheaval, economics is no longer a topic we can ignore. From politicians to hedge-fund managers to middle-class IRA holders, everyone must pay attention to how and why the global economy works the way it does.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Macroeconomics is hard

    • By Noah on 05-11-14

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Undercover Economist

    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    Ever wondered why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great, or why it's so difficult getting a foot on the property ladder, or how to outwit Starbucks? This audiobook offers the hidden story behind these and other questions, as economist Tim Harford reveals how supermarkets, airlines, and coffee chains, to name just a few, are vacuuming money from our wallets.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Down to earth economics

    • By Neuron on 04-15-13

    Regular price: $20.24

    • Tim Harford

    • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
    • By: Tim Harford, Robin Morgan
    • Narrated by: Tim Harford, Robin Morgan
    • Length: 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Tim Harford joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios for an exclusive interview. His latest book, Messy, may just make us all feel better when we have a messy desk at work!

    Regular price: $0.00

    • The Logic of Life

    • The Rational Economics of an Irrational World
    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    Life sometimes seems illogical. Individuals do strange things: take drugs, have unprotected sex, mug each other. Love seems irrational, and so does divorce. On a larger scale, life seems no fairer or easier to fathom - why do some neighborhoods thrive and others become ghettos? Why is racism so persistent? Why is your idiot boss paid a fortune for sitting behind a mahogany altar? Thorny questions, and you might be surprised to hear the answers coming from an economist.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • enlightening & good fun

    • By Rebecca on 01-28-08
    • The Rational Economics of an Irrational World
    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Release date: 01-15-08
    • 4 out of 5 stars 178 ratings

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Adapt

    • Why Success Always Starts with Failure
    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Everything we know about solving the world’s problems is wrong. Out: Plans, experts and above all, leaders. In: Adapting - improvise rather than plan; fail, learn, and try again. In this groundbreaking new book, Tim Harford shows how the world’s most complex and important problems - including terrorism, climate change, poverty, innovation, and the financial crisis - can only be solved from the bottom up by rapid experimenting and adapting.

    • Why Success Always Starts with Failure
    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 06-02-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 32 ratings

    Regular price: $17.04

    • Messy

    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: Roger Davis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    The urge to be tidy seems to be rooted deep in the human psyche. Many of us feel threatened by anything that is vague, unplanned, scattered around or hard to describe. We find comfort in having a script to rely on, a system to follow, in being able to categorise and file away. We all benefit from tidy organisation - up to a point. A large library needs a reference system. Global trade needs the shipping container. Scientific collaboration needs measurement units. But the forces of tidiness have marched too far.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not a single original thought

    • By Werner on 03-19-18

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Logic of Life

    • The Rational Economics of an Irrational World
    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Life sometimes seems illogical. Individuals do strange things: take drugs, have unprotected sex, mug each other. Love seems irrational, and so does divorce. On a larger scale, life seems no fairer or easier to fathom: Why do some neighborhoods thrive and others become ghettos? Why is racism so persistent? Why is your idiot boss paid a fortune for sitting behind a mahogany altar? Thorny questions - and you might be surprised to hear the answers coming from an economist.

    Regular price: $23.93

    • The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

    • By: Tim Harford
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart, Gavin Osborn
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    A million listeners bought The Undercover Economist to get the lowdown on how economics works on a small scale, in our everyday lives. Since then, economics has become big news. Crises, austerity, riots, bonuses - all are in the headlines all the time. But how does this large-scale economic world really work? What would happen if we cancelled everyone's debt? How do you create a job? Will the BRIC countries take over the world?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • useful even for PhD economist

    • By G. Blazys on 07-25-15

    Regular price: $18.11