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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (696 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. J. O’Rourke Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Books that Changed the World Series Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9781400173860
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In On The Wealth of Nations, America’s most provocative satirist, P. J. O’Rourke, reads Adam Smith’s revolutionary The Wealth of Nations so you don’t have to. Recognized almost instantly on its publication in 1776 as the fundamental work of economics, The Wealth of Nations was also recognized as really long: the original edition totaled over nine hundred pages in two volumes—including the blockbuster sixty-seven-page “digression concerning the variations in the value of silver during the course of the last four centuries,” which, “to those uninterested in the historiography of currency supply, is like reading Modern Maturity in Urdu.” Although daunting, Smith’s tome is still essential to understanding such current hot-topics as outsourcing, trade imbalances, and Angelina Jolie. In this hilarious, approachable, and insightful examination of Smith and his groundbreaking work, P. J. puts his trademark wit to good use, and shows us why Smith is still relevant, why what seems obvious now was once revolutionary, and why the pursuit of self-interest is so important.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book reads like a witty Cliffs Notes, with plenty of challenges for the armchair economist to wrap his head around.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Dearing | 2/15/2014

    " Its like Cliff Notes for Adam Smith, if Cliff notes made fun of the author. I reviewed this a while ago on my blog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 1/21/2014

    " The chapter reviewing the rise of Western Civ is perhaps the most concise and accessible description of World History around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin | 1/16/2014

    " Nice take on Adam Smith's book and how it relates today, very appropriate to our times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 12/28/2013

    " An overview of a dense, impenetrable book on economics written in dense, impenetrable satire. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 12/3/2013

    " Tried to read this while on assignment in Ecuador. In spite of having little else to do, couldn't focus. Either I was hungover or it's just not all that sharp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 11/30/2013

    " PJ O'Rourke is a brilliantly funny writer, and his explanation of this classic (if utterly dull) book is both instructive and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 11/21/2013

    " Witty, and demonstrative of simple economic principles. A true classic in my mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 11/1/2013

    " Much easier than reading the original. The books was apparently quickly edited, as there are some glitches. In places, O'Rourke is more glib than enlightening. But his collection at the end of the book of Smith's aphorisms is worth the price of admission. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nedland P. | 9/18/2013

    " Rather than wade through Adam Smith's book, I highly recommend this as an alternative. O'Rourke provides a very take on a serious subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 7/1/2013

    " Entertaining as well as informative. Mr. O'Rourke wades through Adam Smith's historical text and applies his principles to the present-day economy. The author also squeezes in some entertaining caricatures of our nation's politicians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Farley | 6/18/2013

    " Picked this one up in the airport. Great read, very informative and helpful in the midst of the hulabaloo. Also, it is about 1/4 the size of the actual "Wealth of Nations" which makes it a great alternative to actually having to read the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 6/10/2013

    " Interesting, but I got bored and didn't finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kent | 2/25/2013

    " This is PJ ORourke's summary of the famous and voluminous Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. It is one of a series of book summaries read by popular authors who give a Cliff Notes review with their own personal spin. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julia | 2/15/2013

    " Neither funny nor well-written. I did enjoy the background info on the times, but finally decided that there wasn't sufficient reward to wade through the awfulness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 10/31/2012

    " Great summary "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L | 10/24/2012

    " This beook helped me grasp the full meaning of parts of Wealth Of Nations. It is witty and actually an interesting read. Very suprised. It has added a book to my reading list though, Smith's Theory on Moral Sentiments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 3/20/2012

    " PJ O'Rourke's comedic style brings clarity to an otherwise dry subject - "on the wealth of nations." Smith's original text is a bit dry, but O'Rourke's reading makes it accessible to a modern audience while retaining the messages found within. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carl | 7/31/2011

    " I don't think actually reading the 900 page would be any less enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ned Holbrook | 7/1/2011

    " You would do well to ignore the last sentence of each paragraph, as it is the likeliest to be some of O'Rourke's "wit". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valarie | 7/1/2011

    " I think this was the moment where I realized I just didn't have the tolerance for P.J. that I once did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 6/20/2011

    " A good summary of one of the more important books in history. Not up to O'Rourke's usual standard -- starts slowly. But still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 3/6/2011

    " Witty, and demonstrative of simple economic principles. A true classic in my mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 12/16/2010

    " A decent "reader" of a dense primary source. TWoN is definitely a book meant to be read "in", not through (As I found out after reading it in its entirety) Highlights some of the good passages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nedland | 12/11/2010

    " Rather than wade through Adam Smith's book, I highly recommend this as an alternative. O'Rourke provides a very take on a serious subject. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bebe | 6/28/2010

    " Book on CD - not as funny as I expected. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julia | 5/29/2010

    " Neither funny nor well-written. I did enjoy the background info on the times, but finally decided that there wasn't sufficient reward to wade through the awfulness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 5/17/2010

    " Finished just in time for my econmoics course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rcharbon | 4/15/2010

    " Relatively painless way to check out some Adam Smith "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jim | 3/2/2010

    " It is only through the talented wit of P.J. O'Rourke that an essay on Adam Smith's elephantine The Wealth of Nations could steer this arid subject into comical seas. 30% of the text could be used for wry Goodreads quotes. "

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About the Author

P. J. O’Rourke is the author of Modern Manners, The Bachelor Home Companion, Republican Party Reptile, Holidays in Hell, Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, and All the Trouble in the World. He writes for Rolling Stone, Automobile, and American Spectator and lives in New Hampshire and Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.