Audie Award Finalist, Business/Educational, 2014
A love story that embraces the business and economic issues of the day?
The Invisible Heart takes a provocative look at business, economics, and regulation through the eyes of Sam Gordon and Laura Silver, teachers at the exclusive Edwards School in Washington, D.C. Sam lives and breathes capitalism. He thinks that most government regulation is unnecessary or even harmful. He believes that success in business is a virtue. He believes that our humanity flourishes under economic freedom. Laura prefers Wordsworth to the Wall Street Journal. Where Sam sees victors, she sees victims. She wants the government to protect consumers and workers from the excesses of Sam's beloved marketplace.
While Sam and Laura argue about how to make the world a better place, a parallel story unfolds across town. Erica Baldwin, the crusading head of a government watchdog agency, tries to bring Charles Krauss, a ruthless CEO, to justice.
How are these two dramas connected? Why is Sam under threat of dismissal? Will Erica Baldwin find the evidence she needs? Can Laura love a man with an Adam Smith poster on his wall? The answers in The Invisible Heart give the reader a richer appreciation for how business and the marketplace transform our lives.
"This audiobook conveys a great deal about economics in a fictionalized format, and sometimes the dialogue between protagonists Sam Gordon and Laura Silver sounds much like a college lecture. But as they're debating various questions such as the role of the government in the free market, the romantic tension between them builds, and Heyborne softens his voice to signal the change in direction. While this book is technically a work of fiction, it's more suited to those interested in business and economics, and Heyborne's reading reflects that focus." (AudioFile)
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The only Romance Endorsed by Milton Friedman
- Susie "I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South.""
Better than expected
This was a surprisingly good read. I picked it up because the title caught my eye. And although I didn't really have an interest in economics per see, I found myself enjoying this. It has lots of good arguments for and against the argument of a free market. The plot is great and I never thought I'd enjoy an economic book. I especially liked how the two stories meld together. The narrator is very good and I really liked how the book is not just about economics, it also teaches things that is applicable to life in general. Read it, it's better than you think.
- Elisa "You can learn as much from a terrible book as a brilliantly written one."