These free, monthly podcasts are one of the extra good things about having an Audible subscription as you get interviews with authors and also first chapters read from a book or books enabling one to get a good indication if an author or particular book appeals. This particular podcast was a bumper edition. A feast of first chapters from classic books of recent decades with authors such as Saul Bellow, John Irving, Betty Freidland, Randy Shilts to name but a few. What I found so useful, as well as entertaining, was I was able to decide not only which authors' book I would look out for, but also those I didn't fancy.
I found the interview with the author Michael Cox very poignant, knowing that he died not long after. I've read his The Meaning of Night and the sequel The Glass of Time with great enjoyment. Both are gripping books the latter even better than the former. Though the books are very long they are difficult to put down (or listen to now there are available as audio books). Fortunately, before he died, he knew what pleasure he had given many readers; and what better epitaph could a writer have than that his books give enjoyment. I'm sure that his legacy will persist and future generations of readers will be hooked as I was.
Some readers seem to feel that Surowiecki stretches this idea further than it really deserves thus leading to some repetition or padding. It didn't feel that way to me. Using genuinely interesting examples the author makes a case for how and why the wisdom of crowds works before going on to clarify the conditions that differentiate this approach from a simple matter of asking a bunch of people what they think and averaging the results. In addition to being just long enough it's also well narrated although the production standards are poor; hence the dropped star. Ten minutes in I no longer noticed the slightly muffled delivery.