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Take A Number

19 ratings


Narrated by best-selling rom-com duo Erin Mallon and Teddy Hamilton! Dean is certain that fake dating the cute owner of his new bakery investment could be messy...but messy can be fun. Norah Donahue wants bakeries, not babies, but her matchmaking mother won't stop trying to play Cupid. Dean Moser is a cocky stock market savant whose friends are all settling down, leaving Boulder's infamous ladies' man all alone. When Norah needs a fake date for her parents' anniversary party, her new silent investor is the perfect guy for the job. It seems like a foolproof plan.... That is until Norah decides to break her biggest rule and lock lips with Dean in the middle of the party to spite her meddling mother. Turns out that Dean and Norah's chemistry is sizzling hot, and mixing business with pleasure could turn out to be a recipe for disaster. Or maybe they can have their cake and eat it, too.

©2020 Amy Daws (P)2020 Amy Daws

Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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The Data Detective

13 ratings


From "one of the great (greatest?) contemporary popular writers on economics" (Tyler Cowen) comes a smart, lively, and encouraging rethinking of how to use statistics. Today we think statistics are the enemy, numbers used to mislead and confuse us. That's a mistake, Tim Harford says in The Data Detective. We shouldn't be suspicious of statistics - we need to understand what they mean and how they can improve our lives: they are, at heart, human behavior seen through the prism of numbers and are often "the only way of grasping much of what is going on around us." If we can toss aside our fears and learn to approach them clearly - understanding how our own preconceptions lead us astray - statistics can point to ways we can live better and work smarter.  As "perhaps the best popular economics writer in the world" (New Statesman), Tim Harford is an expert at taking complicated ideas and untangling them for millions of listeners. In The Data Detective, he uses new research in science and psychology to set out 10 strategies for using statistics to erase our biases and replace them with new ideas that use virtues like patience, curiosity, and good sense to better understand ourselves and the world. As a result, The Data Detective is a big-idea book about statistics and human behavior that is fresh, unexpected, and insightful.

©2021 Tim Harford (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Tim Harford
Author: Tim Harford
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy

10 ratings


A lively history seen through the 50 inventions that shaped it most profoundly, by the best-selling author of The Undercover Economist and Messy.

Who thought up paper money? What was the secret element that made the Gutenberg printing press possible? And what is the connection between The Da Vinci Code and the collapse of Lehman Brothers?

Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy paints an epic picture of change in an intimate way by telling the stories of the tools, people, and ideas that had far-reaching consequences for all of us. From the plough to artificial intelligence, from Gillette's disposable razor to IKEA's Billy bookcase, best-selling author and Financial Times columnist Tim Harford recounts each invention's own curious, surprising, and memorable story.

Invention by invention, Harford reflects on how we got here and where we might go next. He lays bare often unexpected connections: how the bar code undermined family corner stores and why the gramophone widened inequality. In the process, he introduces characters who developed some of these inventions, profited from them, and were ruined by them, as he traces the principles that helped explain their transformative effects. The result is a wise and witty book of history, economics, and biography.

©2017 Tim Harford (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Roger Davis
Author: Tim Harford
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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8 ratings


From the award-winning columnist and author of the national best-seller The Undercover Economist comes a provocative big-idea book about the genuine benefits of being messy: at home, at work, in the classroom, and beyond.

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it's important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Using research from neuroscience, psychology, and social science as well as captivating examples of real people doing extraordinary things, Tim Harford explains that the human qualities we value - creativity, responsiveness, resilience - are integral to the disorder, confusion, and disarray that produce them.

From the music studio of Brian Eno to the Lincoln Memorial with Martin Luther King Jr., from the boardroom to the classroom, messiness lies at the core of how we innovate, how we achieve, how we reach each other - in short, how we succeed.

In Messy, you'll learn about the unexpected connections between creativity and mess; understand why unexpected changes of plans, unfamiliar people, and unforeseen events can help generate new ideas and opportunities as they make you anxious and angry; and come to appreciate that the human inclination for tidiness - in our personal and professional lives, online, even in children's play - can mask deep and debilitating fragility that keeps us from innovation.

Stimulating and listenable as it points exciting ways forward, Messy is an insightful exploration of the real advantages of mess in our lives.

©2016 Tim Harford (P)2016 Random House Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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The Undercover Economist

6 ratings


Author of the extremely popular "Dear Economist" column in Financial Times, Tim Harford reveals the economics behind everyday phenomena in this highly entertaining and informative book. Can a book about economics be fun to read? It can when Harford takes the reins, using his trademark wit to explain why it costs an arm and a leg to buy a cappuccino and why it's nearly impossible to purchase a decent used car. Supermarkets, coffee houses, airlines, insurance companies, and more are sucking money from our wallets. To protect ourselves and our bank accounts, we must better understand why companies do what they do.

©2006 Tim Harford (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC.

Author: Tim Harford
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

3 ratings


A provocative and lively exploration of the increasingly important world of macroeconomics, by the author of the bestselling The Undercover Economist.

Thanks to the worldwide financial upheaval, economics is no longer a topic we can ignore. From politicians to hedge-fund managers to middle-class IRA holders, everyone must pay attention to how and why the global economy works the way it does.

Enter Financial Times columnist and best-selling author Tim Harford. In this new book that demystifies macroeconomics, Harford strips away the spin, the hype, and the jargon to reveal the truth about how the world’s economy actually works. With the wit of a raconteur and the clear grasp of an expert, Harford explains what’s really happening beyond today’s headlines, why all of us should care, and what we can do about it to understand it better.

©2014 Tim Harford (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Author: Tim Harford
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Tim Harford

2 ratings


Tim Harford joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios for an exclusive interview. His latest book, Messy, may just make us all feel better when we have a messy desk at work!

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Japanese Phase 3, Unit 01-05

1 rating


The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Japanese Phase 3, Units 1-5 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Japanese.

©2005 Simon & Schuster (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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Simon Evans Goes to Market: The Complete Series 1-5


All five series of Simon Evans’ BBC Radio 4 show explaining economics through comedy. How do you make money funny? How do you put the comedy in commodity? In this BBC radio show, Simon Evans sets himself the challenge of making economics entertaining through comedic lectures, with the help of special guests including investment gurus, financial journalists and economists. In series one and two, he examines the chequered social and economic histories of eight important commodities: land, gold, oil, grain, alcohol, tobacco, coffee and sugar. By looking at these fundamental products, Simon brings us to a closer understanding of how global economic forces have a far-reaching and often surprising impact on our lives. Series three sees him exploring four of the stages that mark our journey through life - youth, marriage, birth and death - and how economics is part of every one of those stages, whether we like it or not. In series four, Simon looks at the concept of the ‘free lunch’ and shines a light on new ways of making money in the 21st century, from social media and multinationals that appear to be operating tax-free to philanthropy and the cost of health. Finally, in series five, he points his jokenomics lens at the competing theories of macroeconomics and the ‘Big Beards’ who devised them - Adam Smith, Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes - and reflects on how they shape our world today, and how they can help us out of our current economic predicament. Among his regular guests are Financial Times columnist and presenter of Radio 4’s More or Less, Tim Harford; Timandra Harkness, author of Big Data: Does Size Matter?; and the queen of investment know-how, editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek Merryn Somerset Webb. Produced by Tilusha Ghelani (series one), Claire Jones (series two and three), Richard Morris (series four and five).

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible