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Neil Green

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  • The Uninhabitable Earth

  • A Story of the Future
  • By: David Wallace-Wells
  • Narrated by: David Wallace-Wells
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

It is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn't happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most important book you'll listen to this year

  • By Josh W. on 13-03-19

Our likely horrifying future.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-19

An excellent book about the dangers of climate change. The writer looks at each of the environmental difficulties we face, but is not without hope. Whether the hope is justified remains to be seen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Currency Wars

  • The Making of the Next Global Crises
  • By: James Rickards
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

In 1971, President Nixon imposed national price controls and took the United States off the gold standard, an extreme measure intended to end an ongoing currency war that had destroyed faith in the U.S. dollar. Today we are engaged in a new currency war, and this time the consequences will be far worse than those that confronted Nixon. Currency wars are one of the most destructive and feared outcomes in international economics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humanises a potentially dry subject

  • By Gerard on 17-05-15

Return to gold standard to avoid collapse.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-19

Good book about world economic woes. He writes about historical currency wars, and more recent currency wars. The writer believes a return to the gold standard is needed to avoid likely economic collapse, which is a controversial view.

  • Edge of Chaos

  • By: Dambisa Moyo
  • Narrated by: Pamala Tyson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

A generation after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world is once again on the edge of chaos. Demonstrations have broken out from Belgium to Brazil led by angry citizens demanding a greater say in their political and economic future, better education, healthcare and living standards. The bottom line of this outrage is the same: people are demanding their governments do more to improve their lives faster, something which policymakers are unable to deliver under conditions of anaemic growth. Rising income inequality and a stagnant economy are threats to both the developed and the developing world, and leaders can no longer afford to ignore this gathering storm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book about our current economic problems

  • By Neil Green on 13-02-19

Excellent book about our current economic problems

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-19

The book explains very well the reasons why economic growth is so low at the moment. The author sees democratic reform as the answers to these problems. The writer says very little about resource depletion, climate change, pollution and bio diversity loss which are affecting economic growth now and which will grow greater into the future.

  • The Growth Delusion

  • Why Economists Are Getting It Wrong and What We Can Do About It
  • By: David Pilling
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

A revelatory and entertaining book about the pitfalls of how we measure our economy and how to correct them, by an award-winning editor of The Financial Times. According to GDP, the economy is in a golden era: economic growth has risen steadily over the past 70 years and shows no sign of stopping. But if this is the case, why are we living in such fractured times, with global populism on the rise and wealth inequality as stark as ever?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book made even better by great narration

  • By KF on 08-08-18

GDP counting

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-19

Very good book about the difficulties of counting GDP. What to include, and what not to include. Well narrated and well written. Looks at the counting of GDP from different angles.

  • Inglorious Empire

  • What the British Did to India
  • By: Shashi Tharoor
  • Narrated by: Shashi Tharoor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Inglorious Empire written and read by Shashi Tharoor. In the 18th century, India's share of the world economy was as large as Europe's. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. The Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism and caused millions to die from starvation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An informative and entertaining audiobook.

  • By G Varsani on 25-06-18

The title of the book says it all.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-19

A story of the horrors of the Raj., well written and narrated by the author. I learned a lot about the racism behind British rule and the greed of the east India company. And the lasting problems that can arise with colonialism. which still exist to this day because of the lack of concern for the governed by those in power.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How Will Capitalism End?

  • Essays on a Failing System
  • By: Wolfgang Streeck
  • Narrated by: David Skulski
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

After years of ill health, capitalism is now in a critical condition. Growth has given way to stagnation; inequality is leading to instability; and confidence in the money economy has all but evaporated. In How Will Capitalism End?, the acclaimed analyst of contemporary politics and economics Wolfgang Streeck argues the world is about to change. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly read

  • By Ben Andrews on 09-10-18

Difficult to grasp complex subject.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-19

This is a very interesting and relevant subject. But it is also a very complex subject and was not helped by the narrator who read to quickly. I cannot say I found it easy to understand and as this is a subject I would like to understand I found this disappointing. I think the author expected the reader to have more knowledge of the subject than I possessed.

  • The Sustainable State: The Future of Government, Economy, and Society

  • By: Chandran Nair
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

The free-market, limited-government development model has been an ecological and social disaster for the developing world. Sustainable and equitable development is only possible with the active involvement of a strong central state that can guide the economy, protect the environment, and prioritize meeting their people’s basic needs. In this sure-to-be-controversial audiobook, Chandran Nair shows that the market-dominated model followed by the industrialized West is simply not scalable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting listen

  • By Neil Green on 11-11-18

Interesting listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The narrator was good. The book is a well argued rejection of the neo-liberal economic model for developing nations. It is realistic and environmentally aware. A good book worth listening to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nuremberg Trial

  • By: John Tusa, Ann Tusa
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 25 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Here is a gripping account of the major postwar trial of the Nazi hierarchy in World War II. The Nuremberg Trial brilliantly recreates the trial proceedings and offers a reasoned, often profound examination of the processes that created international law. From the whimpering of Kaltenbrunner and Ribbentrop on the stand to the icy coolness of Goering, each participant is vividly drawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brings horrible history alive

  • By Tim Conway on 18-04-14

Excellent history of the trial.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

The most memorable moment is the verdict and sentencing of those on trial. I would have liked more detail of the evidence against the accused. The narrator is very good. A long book for a long and important trial.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Austerity

  • The History of a Dangerous Idea
  • By: Mark Blyth
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Governments today in both Europe and the United States have succeeded in casting government spending as reckless wastefulness that has made the economy worse. In contrast, they have advanced a policy of draconian budget cuts - austerity - to solve the financial crisis. We are told that we have all lived beyond our means and now need to tighten our belts. This view conveniently forgets where all that debt came from. Not from an orgy of government spending, but as the direct result of bailing out, recapitalizing, and adding liquidity to the broken banking system.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enlightening read

  • By Steve on 08-04-15

Great book for anyone interested in economics

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-18

Excellent book showing why we are in the mess we are in. I found all the chapters interesting.

  • Planet Carnivore

  • Why Cheap Meat Costs the Earth (and How to Pay the Bill)
  • By: Alex Renton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Waterson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

There are 59 billion animals alive at any one time, farmed for their meat. The world’s domestic cattle weigh 16 times as much as all the wild animals on the planet put together. Sixty percent of the globe’s agricultural land is used for beef production, from growing grain to raising cows.Since the early 20th century, industrial farming and global capitalism have worked hand-in-hand to provide meat at an ever-cheaper price. And our appetites, so tempted, have led us to consume more and more animals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Covers briefly the problems of meat eating.

  • By Neil Green on 21-07-18

Covers briefly the problems of meat eating.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-18

The narrator was good and the book covered the essential ground to make the reader aware of the affects of meat eating on our environment and ourselves.