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What disappointed you about If Mayors Ruled the World?
They ready all the tables and there are a lot of tables in this book. There are not just a lot of tables, but a lot of long tables. Some take 20 minutes to get through. Its a completely useless exercise. Its almost impossible to follow someone reading a table for that long. This book is almost un-listenable for this reason. Its like having your book peppered with long interludes of someone reading (what might as well be) random words and numbers.
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I bought this audiobook on the strength of a talk Benjamin Barber gave at the Long Now Foundation. There are two reasons why it wasn't my best Audible purchase ever.
First, Barber's main ideas and key recommendations are covered in his public talks and in the book's introduction, and the rest of the book is fairly repetitive. It's also written in an abstract style that I found hard to follow.
Second, the narrator, Jeremy Gage, didn't fill me with confidence that he really understood what he was reading (possibly because of the abstract language), so this wasn't the intellectually stimulating non-fiction listen I was hoping for. It can't be easy to make this kind of material interesting to listen to, but understanding the author's meaning in every paragraph would be a starting point.
However, as an urban policy wonk and city-dweller, I found the book's central ideas thought-provoking: that mayors are uniquely powerful in today's world; that they can and should take actions within their cities that flout or bypass state/national bureaucracies; and that because they're free to disregard borders and state sovereignty, they can join forces to leverage the enormous power of cities, notably in slowing climate change, whether nations can act or not.
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