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  • The Future of Capitalism

  • By: Paul Collier
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
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Deep new rifts are tearing apart the fabric of Britain and other Western societies: thriving cities versus the provinces, the highly skilled elite versus the less educated, wealthy versus developing countries. As these divides deepen, we have lost the sense of ethical obligation to others that was crucial to the rise of post-war social democracy. So far these rifts have been answered only by the revivalist ideologies of populism and socialism, leading to the seismic upheavals of Trump, Brexit and the return of the far right in Germany. We have heard many critiques of capitalism but no one has laid out a realistic way to fix it, until now.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An intriguing book

  • By Anonymous User on 13-02-2019

An intriguing book

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Reviewed: 13-02-2019

Paul Collier provides a facinating insight into the human challenges facing capitalism and presents a number of possible possible solutions to address these challenges.

  • The Bankers' New Clothes

  • By: Anat Admat, Martin Hellwig
  • Narrated by: Eva Wilhelm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
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What is wrong with today's banking system? The past few years have shown that risks in banking can impose significant costs on the economy. Many claim, however, that a safer banking system would require sacrificing lending and economic growth. The Bankers' New Clothes examines this claim and the narratives used by bankers, politicians, and regulators to rationalize the lack of reform, exposing them as invalid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very dry subject made facinating

  • By Anonymous User on 17-01-2019

A very dry subject made facinating

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Reviewed: 17-01-2019

Great book, persuasive and informative. Important reading for policy makers and citizens around the world.

  • The Titan's Curse: Percy Jackson, Book 3

  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
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The third fantasy adventure in the Percy Jackson series is now available to download, complete and unabridged, on audio. It's the last Friday before the winter holidays but Percy Jackson isn't at school: he's battling the fearsome Manticore (half human, half lion), which in itself isn't ideal . . . but with Annabeth missing and the goddess of the hunt held captive, things get a whole lot more serious . . . Greek mythology relocated to modern-day America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awsome

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-01-2019

Lots of fun

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Reviewed: 14-01-2019

A great read. My ten year old son loves this series. I got sucked in too :)

  • Fire and Blood

  • 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • By: George R.R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
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Set 300 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and Blood is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn, and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through to the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A treasure trove for any lore fans

  • By Eirik F. Eriksen on 23-11-2018

A wonderful production.

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Reviewed: 04-12-2018

George RR Martin as always brings the world of Westeros to life. The depth of this fictional history and the acknowledgment of the faults of the in world sources used along with references to other in world histories as adds an engaging flavour

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  • Capitalism Without Capital

  • The Rise of the Intangible Economy
  • By: Jonathan Haskel, Stian Westlake
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
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Early in the 21st century, a quiet revolution occurred. For the first time, the major developed economies began to invest more in intangible assets, like design, branding, R&D, or software, than in tangible assets, like machinery, buildings, and computers. For all sorts of businesses, from tech firms and pharma companies to coffee shops and gyms, the ability to deploy assets that one can neither see nor touch is increasingly the main source of long-term success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and engaging

  • By Anonymous User on 12-11-2018

Insightful and engaging

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Reviewed: 12-11-2018

This is a great book for anyone interested in intellectual property and intangible assets and how they influence the modern economy

  • The Case Against Education

  • Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money
  • By: Bryan Caplan
  • Narrated by: Allan Robertson
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
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Despite being immensely popular - and immensely lucrative - education is grossly overrated. In this explosive book, Bryan Caplan argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students' skill but to certify their intelligence, work ethic, and conformity - in other words, to signal the qualities of a good employee.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • terrible book

  • By Anonymous User on 18-01-2019

Interesting and engaging

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Reviewed: 22-10-2018

A very thought provoking book. I'm not convinced that the signaling effect is as large as Caplan estimates but it is clear that there is a signalling effect. I would love to see sone international comparisons.

  • The Value of Everything

  • Who Makes and Who Takes from the Real Economy
  • By: Mariana Mazzucato
  • Narrated by: Randye Kaye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
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The Value of Everything argues that American companies have for too long been valued according to the amount of wealth they capture for themselves rather than for the value they create for the economy. In fact, Pfizer, Amazon, and other companies are actually dependent on public money, spend their resources on boosting share prices and executive pay, and reap ever-expanding rewards without offering the market value. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • High Quality Analysis

  • By Anonymous User on 09-10-2018

High Quality Analysis

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Reviewed: 09-10-2018

Professor Mazzucato challenges the conventional wisdom of neoliberal economic theory and makes a strong case for re-opening the debate on how value is defined. The big question left unanswered in the book is if price does not define value then what are the alternatives?

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  • Bluefishing

  • The Art of Making Things Happen
  • By: Steve Sims
  • Narrated by: Steve Sims
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 8
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The man who created Bluefish, the internationally famous company that makes once-in-a-lifetime events happen for the rich and famous, reveals to the rest of us his trade secrets for making things happen. Steve Sims' day job is to make the impossible possible. With his help and expertise, his clients' fantasies and wildest dreams come true. Getting married by the Pope in the Vatican, being serenaded by Elton John, and connecting with powerful business moguls like Elon Musk are just a few of the many projects he has worked on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Anonymous User on 15-09-2018

Inspiring

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Reviewed: 15-09-2018

The mere act of listening to this book changed my emotional state for the better. I felt more positive and was nicer to be around. Thank you

  • Skin in the Game

  • Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
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In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book and an easy listen

  • By Steven Haas on 14-03-2019

Enlightening

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Reviewed: 06-09-2018

I love to experience different perspectives and Taleb's perspective is very different to what I was expecting.

  • Misbehaving

  • The Making of Behavioral Economics
  • By: Richard Thaler
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
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Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans - predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth - and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Michael on 20-05-2016

Love it

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Reviewed: 29-06-2018

Great book. It shoukd be required reading for anyone involved in developing, implementing or evaluating government policy.