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What did you like best about Windfall? What did you like least?
I studied oil and gas economics in two college electives in 1973. It's an amazingly fascinating subject that blends technology, political economy, and finance. I was looking forward to this book after seeing it reviewed in the NY Times, but found it merely adequate. The text is much longer than necessary. The repetitiveness of many concepts would be good for teaching a beginners' course but simply gets tedious. The reader (these credits are the first on an audiobook when I've heard one mentioned as "a member of SAG/AFTRA" ) has a schoolmarmish tone that seems detached from the content of the text.
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Anytime I see a book about energy economics, I feel bound to read it. Windfall helped me think through how "the new energy abundance" might affect strategic calculations between world powers. But I honestly could not wait for it to end owing to the performance and the repetititveness. Also, I accept that the author worked for the GW Bush administration, but she never seems to confront the major issue of what it means for civilization when all the greenhouse gases are released from newly available oil and natural gas, including of course methane leaks.
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What made the experience of listening to Windfall the most enjoyable?
Windfall is 2017 version of The Prize (by Daniel Yergin). a tour of energy from around the globe.