Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis, 14th Edition 14th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0132109178
ISBN-10: 0132109174
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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 14th edition (January 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132109174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132109178
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Dan on November 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I used this for a managerial course this past summer. First of all, this book is overpriced. Secondly, it is very dry, uninteresting, and a pain to read. The 13th edition covers the same material but the sneaky publishers changed up the numbers in the HW so you can't exactly use the 13th edition if the professor is assigning HW from the 14th. I think this is unethical and I think charging what they do for books like this should be a crime. Other than the HW, both editions cover the same material.

According to my professor and TA, this is an excellent book for managerial accounting. As a student, I am telling you that this book will frustrate you and make you angry because it is needlessly complicated. This is also compounded if you have poor instructors (like I had).

This is not a book you can use to teach yourself. You must go to class if you are using this book. After the first two chapters, the rest of the book will seem like a foreign language to you because it is all formula-based. Some people think that accounting is just adding and subtracting numbers; this book will dispel that myth by chapter three. The only way you are going to pass a class with this book is if you have talented professors or if you get yourself some tutoring. For example, in practice, the concept of ABC costing makes sense and I could probably explain it to you using some real world examples like manufacturing an iPhone or a similar popular product. This book takes ABC costing and it just makes it hard because it doesn't use real world examples and it does not take the extra step of simplifying the steps for you or giving you the bigger picture.

Each homework problem takes almost a half hour to complete and some of them are pretty hard.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mystical Cakes on August 18, 2011
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This book package does not come with the MyAccountingCode. Found out too late and had to buy it online for $50 for my class. Do yourself a favor and buy the book used then buy the code separately.

Good book otherwise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kala on June 14, 2014
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I had to purchase this book to take my managerial accounting class. It is most likely one of the worst text books I have had in my college career. The authors over-complicate topics that should be simple, and they over-simplify topics that are actually really complicated. You cannot simply learn from reading the book, you have to go to class to understand anything. The practice problems in the back of the book are usually nothing like the problem done in the body of the chapter. Trying to read this book is more frustrating than anything else.

If you really need a managerial accounting book, I recommend Managerial Accounting by Ramji Balakrishnan, Konduru Sivaramakrishnan and Geoff Sprinkle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Shea on March 10, 2014
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Horrible service. I received the book and it was in Indian rupees. It specifically says on the outside if the book that you can not distribute out of India.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John S. Lowczyk on August 28, 2011
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This book was listed with accounting lab access. Amazon have received several complaints because the book did not come with the accounting lab code as it was originally listed.
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Could not AGREE more. This is the worst book EVER and for sure OVERPRICED because the book is so POORLY WRITTEN (THE PEARSON WEBSITE IS DISGUSTING TOO LIKE THEY DIDN'T EVEN BOTHER TO UPDATE THE CONTENT FROM TWO DECADES AGO). It really should be a crime to sell such. It's as if it was written in another language (probably was) and then someone was hired to translate and write a book on a topic they KNOW absolutely nothing about BECAUSE THEY CANNOT SPEAK THE LANGUAGE TO BEGIN WITH (maybe off-shored the other writers or something since the main AUTHOR PASSED). Do not EXPECT to learn ANYTHING from reading this book because you spend and incredible amount of time trying to translate and understand what is trying to be explained. They ARE NOT consistent in terminology or scope. They will start off with one example and then use another example in the middle of that example and then go back to the original example to break down the concept. The steps used in one example are different in the next when you turn the page for the similar problem. IT IS TOTALLY STUPID and yes an AWFUL read as mentioned. THERE AREN'T EVEN WORDS to describe how awful this book is. The authors say this book can be used in any chapter order (what a pitch to sell such). Unfortunately my instructor believed this and started from the beginning and then skip to the end chapters and back to the beginning for two modules in a row. Again, there aren't words! I CAN ONLY CONCLUDE THAT THEY ARE LINING THE POCKETS OF PEOPLE AT THE SCHOOLS BECAUSE NO INSTRUCTOR WHO HAS READ THIS BOOK WOULD CHOOSE SUCH. A CRIME SHAME INDEED!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Whodat on November 12, 2013
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The book itself is fine. My issue is with the publisher's device limit policy.
Apparently if you buy it on Kindle, you can only read it on two devices at a time. Meaning I am unable to read this device on my tablet, my home PC and my work PC. For obvious reasons this is RIDICULOUSLY INCONVENIENT. I can't use my tablet at work, even in my unassigned time. So Kindle for PC is the only way to read my e-textbook. But since I've already used Kindle for PC on my home computer, and I use the Kindle app on my tablet, I cannot read this book on my PC at work. A two device limit is absurd, especially given how common it is for today's consumer to own and use multiple devices. Thanks to the publisher for making the pursuit of higher education just a little harder for a nontraditional student. You guys are real educational heroes.
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