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Capitalism and Freedom, Fortieth Anniversary Edition

Narrated by: Michael Edwards
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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How can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the threat it poses to individual freedom? In this classic book, Milton Friedman provides the definitive statement of his immensely influential economic philosophy - one in which competitive capitalism serves as both a device for achieving economic freedom and a necessary condition for political freedom. The result is an accessible text that has sold well over half a million copies in English, has been translated into 18 languages, and shows every sign of becoming more and more influential as time goes on.

This updated edition includes a new preface by the author.

©1962, 1982, 2002 The University of Chicago (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • valentin schmidt
  • 2018-11-20

Great book. Impossible listening experience

The narrator alternates between words and sentences pronounced quickly to super slowly. It’s impossible to find a convenient listening speed, as it is always too slow or too fast at different times

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  • Mike S.
  • 2018-01-25

A poor execution of a great book.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Capitalism and Freedom is a well-written and insightful book on the merits of economic, political, and civil freedom. Unfortunately, this narrative is poorly executed and does not do the content justice. Thus, I would not recommend this recording to any of my friends or colleagues.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator for the main portion of the recording (Preface onward) has a high, reedy voice, poor intonation and awkward cadence. The audio recording and mixing was of poor quality and reminded me of elementary school audio filmstrips. Overall, I found the clumsy delivery so distracting that I was unable to finish the book.

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  • Leslie Dillingham Freyberg
  • 2019-05-24

A Classic Miserably Produced and Narrated.

What a shame that this major classic in the history of economics and politics suffers from an insufferable narration. It deserved much, much better.

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  • Don Grigg
  • 2018-11-02

unbearable to listen to

the preview narrator is not the same as the author in the meat of the book.

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  • Justin Barnard
  • 2018-06-10

Utterly Impossible To Listen To

I have seriously underestimated how important the reader is to how enjoyable/understandable these audiobooks are. I was so looking forward to listening to this book but the cadence and intonation (or lack thereof) of this this reader made the book all but completely impossible to follow. THE VOICE ON THE SAMPLE TRACK IS ONLY THE VOICE FOR THE INTRO. Fortunately Audible lets you exchange books that are no good. I recommend either Free to Choose or The Road to Serfdom as alternatives with better readers.

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  • Christopher
  • 2018-05-03

Worse than listening to Bieber

Great topic and great book for econ lovers and students, but the narration crushed my desire to keep listening. I did, because I thoroughly enjoy Friedman's ideas, but just a terrible listen.

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  • Joshua Murphy
  • 2018-03-11

Must read for any American.

Love the content. Hate hate hate the narrator. I tried a couple versions and didn't like any. This was the best of all the bad performances.

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  • Taylor Britton
  • 2019-09-30

one of the most reasonable statists of history

sometimes I wish he had taken his lines of reasoning just a couple extra steps into full blown anarchy, but as he was he fulfils the valuable purpose of a gateway drug to an inevitable full OD on freedom

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  • Connor
  • 2019-08-14

You get use to his voice!

His voice was the worst part of this title. The content is written clearly and strictly. Technical readers will enjoy this one. Strongly recommend.

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  • Ariel
  • 2019-07-24

Fascinating and enlightening!

Very enlightening about the connections between economic freedom/free-market commerce and political/civic freedom.