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Perhaps the recession and the breaking of the economic contract between employers and employees has spawned a new sub-genre of anti-consumption. Weber's book is best read as a companion to Shell's, "Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture" and Anderson's "Free: The Future of a Radical Price". Weber's main message is that consumerism is a choice, and the consumer industrial complex is a creation and not a given, and that in understanding both the history and psychology of spending we can choose to opt-out. Easier said than done - but learning about individuals and groups who have made this choice in the past makes contemplating voluntary cheapness more appealing.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, if they know little about this topic.
What did you like best about this story?
I didn't learn a whole lot since this book doesn't go very deep, but I hadn't known about the black market that sprung up during WWII rationing which would be an interesting topic for a book in and of itself.
How could the performance have been better?
Marguerite Gavin needs to learn how to pronounces "Keynes" (as in John Maynard Keynes) and "obsolescence" (as in planned obsolescence). It makes me cringe each time I hear this woman say "keens" and "obsoleasance". Ugh!!!! Her fake British accent when reading the Keynes' quotation is pretty terrible, too. :-(
Keynes was one of the greatest economists of all time whose ideas dug the United States out of the Great Depression. The pronunciation of his name is common knowledge, as is the pronunciation of the word "obsolescence." I don't understand why Gildan Media neglected to fix these glaring errors.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The content is just okay, not really a joy but not really a waste since I did learn a couple things.