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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis.

Why is there so much inequality?

In this short book, world famous economist Yanis Varoufakis sets out to answer his 11-year-old daughter Xenia's deceptively simple question. Using personal stories and famous myths - from Oedipus and Faust to Frankenstein and The Matrix - he explains what the economy is and why it has the power to shape our lives.

Intimate yet universally accessible, Talking to My Daughter About the Economy introduces listeners to the most important drama of our times, helping to make sense of a troubling world while inspiring us to make it a better one.

©2017 Yanis Varoufakis (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A provocative, challenging, yet non-patronising analysis of the global economy: what it is, how it came to be and why it can never be apolitical. By using ancient myths, contemporary culture and family stories, Varoufakis makes the text intimate and accessible." ( Observer)
"Utterly accessible, deeply humane and startlingly original – a potent democratic tool at the perfect time." (Naomi Klein, author of No is Not Enough)

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Marvellous

I am looking forward to more books by written by the author and also more books narrated by this narrator😃

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great story telling

great story telling and much more informative and touch of philosophy. great experience but i find it little difficult to understand whole book at once

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Pure bliss

wonderful book to understand the basis of economy in laymen's term..awesome read. Changed my understanding of economy

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was fun to listen how Economy developed

loved it. it takes you a little bit deeper and gives new perperspective to the world of economics

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'Inside out' of Economics

If you have loved Pixar movie 'Inside out' then you will love this book. Just like in the movie our emotions are shown to have their distinct character, Varoufakis tells the progression of Economics with the help of famous mythological or literary stories, giving each concept of Economics a distinct character, easy to understand and relate to it. Despite being an economist and a famous one, he is candid enough to accept that the business of economics can not left to the experts. One more point of beauty of the book is that despite not giving false hope for better future, the writer manages to keep the readers optimistic and feel responsible for future. Lastly, this book was written as a dialogue with a teenage daughter. The reader of the book has maintained a perfect voice tone of a loving father in tune with the soul of the book.

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Good short read

Explained well with examples teenager can understand Last couple of chapters are not that much convincing and felt little stretched

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Highly recommended

This is a good book. The concepts are explained really well using a wide variety of examples from literature to sci-fi movies. A highly recommended read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-17

Amazing

Very intersting and smart book. Hope it will reach lots of people. There is always another sulotion!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-11-20

Absolutely fabulous

From watching hours of Yanis' lectures on YouTube the only thing I could wish for now was that he'd narrate his own books. Perhaps this is unrealistic, though. I'm sure he'd rather spend his time writing new books. ;)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-06-20

Radical clear thinking

Yanis is one of the most important thinkers of our time. Four more words needed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-20

Excelent!

Light on cotemporary political and economic controversies. I strongly recommend this book for us and for our children, independently of our convictions.

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  • Daniel
  • 15-03-20

A caricature that prevents deeper understanding

The author does not make the slightest attempt at recognising the nuances and complexity of the real world. Instead, the book is just another childish simplification of 'evil elites' versus "the people". While there are many real problems that justify the indignation underlying his critique, there is almost nothing to learn from this book given his overall drive to make a caricature of opposing views, when not deliberately and entirely misconstruing them. (great narrator, though!)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-18

Excellent

Masterly explained, thought provoking and sobering, but with an element of hope laced through it that, we humans, can still choose our destiny if we are brave enough to really look at the reality of market society and the forces that move it. Would recommend.

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  • Mads Peter Iversen
  • 22-09-18

Very easy to understand! WOW!

Very easy to get through and understand. A must read/listen for anyone. Not just those interested in economics!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-18

The naked truth

Economists are as much as scientist as astrologists who compare themselves with aerospace scientists, are for using complex mathematics and charts. The most brilliant book I've read in ages!

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  • Andrew (Bunny) Warren
  • 08-11-17

Brief, easy to assimilate, yet deals with the big questions of our societies.

This book can be read in six hours, provides huge amounts of thought provoking insights into our world and existence. Do yourse!f a favour and take the time to read it😇🐇🐰

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  • 30-11-17

Unexpectedly excellent

This book was completely different to what I expected when I bought it. It paints the picture of the economy in an exceptionally simple yet thorough way. The method of writing as if to a child is very well executed and works wonderfully.

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  • Viktor
  • 04-01-18

Eye opening and remarkable call to action

With depth and clarity Varoufakis explains the primary drivers of the history, the present and the near future of the economy. His conclusion is that we face a choice between a society with more markets where even the air we breath is for sale - or to extend democracy, to give democratic governments power to govern the creation and distribution of money. The state of the economy is a political choice - not an objective science. I could not agree more as he reminds the reader our fulfilment and growth as human beings can never be met by a market society. In stead of competing for, we can all share in the wealth of a robotic future, and Varoufakis explains how.

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  • H Newsam
  • 19-11-17

To understand the future read this book

Yanis, as ever,clearly explains key concepts and adds his point of view. This is a great primer on the key elements of the economy and how capitalism works and the problems that it causes as well as what it solves. One vital area he looks at what impact AI and Automation all have on the future of society. This alone is why you should buy this book as this is a conversation that everyone should be having. We are at a cross-roads we can live the good life or the bulk of the population can become serfs... the choice is ours and we must help lead our politicians to do the right thing

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  • Gary S.
  • 12-10-20

The driest of subjects made interesting

A very easy listen as the narrator has good inflection and the content is made simple. Sometimes it occurs that you might be being patronised but its not the case, relational anecdotes and references to mythology are really helpful. The Great Reversal in the UK was a revelation of change and explains why we are where we are today.

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  • Georgia
  • 04-09-20

everyone should listen or read this book

I feel everyone should read this. especially the younger people in our society. books like this have the power to change how we view the way we live life.

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  • Ms T. Evans
  • 27-08-20

Incisive, engaging and informative

What an amazing book. Really beautifully written in an easy narrative, mind opening and totally relevant. The dialogue with his daughter tackles all those issues why so many people not just youth think neither economics nor the destruction of their own environment is their problem. Masterful. Should be put in the reading list of every school.

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  • Pauli
  • 10-08-20

Great book.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, for it’s simplicity and complexity, told in an accessible and humane way. I highly recommend. 😊

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  • Alexa
  • 11-07-20

interesting book

I loved it. a A very interesting perspective of economy! Easy to follow the story

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  • ikenna
  • 26-06-20

A Must Read

An excellent book. A must read for everyone who wants to understand the world economy in simple terms. Well done to the author.

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  • Nicolas Dao
  • 12-11-20

Best book for non economic-freak

I've read a few books on economics and this one is the best I've ever read (I'm not an expert). The author sets up core fundamental ideas which are easy to understand and then keep on building new ones on top of them which create a friendly learning progression. The one concept that helped me a lot was the difference between experiential value and exchange value. Perfect level of narration for beginners. No jargon, mainly analogies anchored in real life examples First 3 quarters of the book is neutral and the last quarter is political pushing the author's agenda. If you're a centrist or lefty, you'll be fine but if you're leaning toward the right you'll probably be offended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-18

Outstanding

Economics made understandable by torpedoing the myths, stripping away the mumbo jumbo, and using plain language and stories. This should be the economics text for everyone including those who profess to be economists.

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  • terry
  • 29-08-18

Economics simplified but not dumbed down.

Excellent. Concise and understandable. Excellent narration. Don't be fooled by the title, this book is for adults as much as young adults.