Audio Books and Our Oligarchy

I’m almost finished with 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown and it’s been a drag. Of course, some of it is just zone out content. Only This American Life/Planet Money could make any sense out of this stuff for non-experts like me. But, please, audio book makers. For the love of all things holy, would you listen to your voice talent before you say “okay” to booking them? It’s excruciating.

That said, the content that wasn’t a snooze fest has been pretty compelling. Right in line with my passion for reframing political discussions from a progressive values point of view, the book explains how we are living under the rule of an oligarchy. That has to change. Progressives value fair competition, not the kind of competition where tricking customers is rewarded and honesty decreases market share.

Goodwill had a copy of Bob Woodward’s Maestro: Greenspan’s Fed and the American Boom which was published in 2001. Almost a decade before Greenspan ate the humble pie. I must find that congressional testimony on YouTube. I think the Greenspan book ought to tie together some of the loose ends after the Ayn Rand biography and all of this great brain science stuff I’ve been devouring. After I finish the Woodward book, I’ll be back with more. You can count on it.

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  1. It’s interesting how much different the narrator makes, isn’t it. We have a few audiobooks for the kids; often the voice makes or breaks the book for them.

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