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  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: CENGAGE Learning Custom Publishing; 9th edition (1 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111971722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111971724
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 24.1 x 28.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,036,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ninth edition of Kinney/Raiborn's COST ACCOUNTING: FOUNDATIONS AND EVOLUTIONS provides in-depth coverage of current cost management concepts and procedures in a straightforward and reader-friendly framework. The clean, concise presentation of materials and the updated illustrations reinforce and clarify the topics that readers traditionally struggle with most. In addition, real-world examples and ethical coverage are woven into the text so readers immediately see the relevance of the cost accountant's role in managerial decisions and learn to go beyond the numbers and think critically. Ensure mastery of the procedural and decision-making skills needed for future success with the Comprehensive Review Module, an array of newly improved end of chapter assignments, and the powerful, newly enhanced CengageNOW online learning and teaching system.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x994729a8) out of 5 stars 141 reviews
34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9937781c) out of 5 stars This might be a good book but it is so BORING and CONFUSING!!! 24 Nov. 2011
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
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. There are no answers in the back so you can't check your work. Also the language is not engaging at all and it is very dry and pedantic. Some books make a point and then explain it in a way that makes it easy for the student to understand. With this book, the author makes a point and then that's it; you have to figure out what it all means. I read chapter four for the first time and at the end I had no idea what I just read. Its like my brain took a break for the hour. The material is also sequential so if you are lost at chapter three, then you are lost for the rest of the book.

If your professor is using this book then there is not much you can do to get around it. I suggest you buy a used, old edition of some other managerial text to supplement this book. Another book might explain a concept much more clearly than this book and using both texts together might be better than using this one alone. I also still highly recommend you get a tutor or go to office hours while taking this class. In the end you will either do really well or really poorly. I don't think you can do average work in this class as the material is very "black and white"...kinda like a math class. Also, the Myaccountinglab problems take forever and have around 10 parts to each question so plan your time accordingly if your professor makes you use Myaccountinglab.

I only gave the book two stars because it is supposed to be a good book. Other than that, I think it makes managerial/cost accounting harder than it should be. If you find a section of a class that is not using this book...take that class and then worry about a real cost accounting course later. If your school is using this book for managerial accounting and you are not even an accounting major, then you are just setting yourself up for some unneeded stress as this is, for all intents and purposes, a cost accounting text and cost accounting is one of the hardest classes taken by accounting majors. Even if you are an accounting major, I think you need a real managerial course before you tackle cost. Financial and managerial accounting are not similar so diving right into this book without a real managerial accounting course is kinda stupid IMO.

I have no idea why a school would want to use this book as a managerial text. We used this text in managerial up till about chapter 11 and then chapter 23. We are currently using this same text in my cost accounting class and we started at ABC costing in chapter 5.

Every professor at my school who is familiar with this book agrees that it is "challenging." On the positive side, if you take your time and discipline yourself to do the work, you might actually enjoy the challenge of the text but if you are juggling several courses and you can't devote all of your time to this one class, then this book will be challenging.

My advice is for you is to give this class more time than you would another class. After chapter two, this book is like a runaway train so work hard and don't fall behind.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99377870) out of 5 stars Question Format Keeps You Guessing 23 Mar. 2012
By Lesa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have not been pleased with this book. The questions at the end of each chapter are not concise. It almost seems as if the questions were written by someone other than the author as examples of these questions more often than not can't be found in the chapter. The questions are vague at best leaving the student wondering what exactly is required to solve the problem. It has been stated that perhaps the book is attempting to make the student "think outside the box". My opinion is that when learning is involved there should not be added confusion in the process. I am hopeful for future students that the new edition has revised the questions, but I am doubtful.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99fb4378) out of 5 stars Love-Hate Relationship 30 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Strenghts: Quite readable considering the subject. Terms are laid out in bold face and concepts are explained in identifiable sections. The summary at the end reinforces concepts and key terms. The end of chapter questions give you something to think about. Most examples are easy to follow. Weaknesses: Some concepts that include examples are explained with formulas in parentheses so that you have to stop reading and look at the figure. Not bad but I like them in the figure or in footnotes. Some of the exercises/problems were difficult to relate to the examples in the book. Other than that this book is great. What would make this book a 5? The study guide.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99377ac8) out of 5 stars Cost Accounting-A Managerial Emphasis by Horngren et al. 19 July 2003
By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In graduate school, I utilized this text. In addition, the work
was helpful in preparing for and passing the Uniform CPA Exam.
There is good coverage of cost-volume analysis, equivalent
units, margin analysis and other important topics for qualifying
examinations i.e. CPA Exam. The tables and graphical
presentations are helpful as are the problem sets. This work is
for the serious student in accounting.The course requires some
serious study, particularly in the area of process costing.
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99377ca8) out of 5 stars DOES NOT COME WITH CODE 18 Aug. 2011
By Mystical Cakes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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