I listened to this quite a while back. Now the things he discusses are even more relevant given the Snowden/NSA scandal, FISA, the Patriot Act et al. and the continual advancement and encroachment of the oppressive heavy hand of the government's reach into our lives along with its egregious theft of our personal liberties.
His voice is a little raspy or croaky. Some could find it abrasive. I like him, so I thought he did a good job.
Yes. In fact, I may have done just that.
The audio book title sets the hook of curiosity. As the hearer progresses from one topic to the next, thoughts like "WOW! what can be next?" spurs the intensity of desire to not stop but proceed to the next topic.
The sheer number of examples of lies perpetrated by the Government that the Judge documents is overwhelming. He covers a lot of material, and has done a masterful job organizing and concisely addressing each topic.
The Judge organized the narrative into 17 topics which greatly facilitated absorbing the range and depth of thoughts. He covers a tremendous amount of information and ideas.
The length of the performance is long, which was unavoidable given the subject matter. The Judge kept the narrative moving and interesting with voice inflections, etc.
The above headline is by no means a criticism of the book. If the trend toward big-Government continues, then the examples the Judge presents while appalling will be tame. This is a must-listen/read for everyone that seeks to be an better informed Citizen.
This is by far one of the best books i've listened to.
The Judge is the only character and he reads the book great. Very enthusiastic.
His enthusiasm really gets you into the story.
Everyone in America Should Read This.
This book was very informative. But I couldn't help but think that some of what the judge calls lies are simply different versions of history. He disagrees with many Supreme Court decisions. Don't we all? The judge is free to say what he wants because most of the people he criticizes are not able to give their version of events. But, to be fair, most books are that way; feeding their target audience. He calls Lincoln a "tyrant." Many people called him that; he was not all that popular while he was in office. But if all tyrants were like Lincoln I could deal with it in a time of serious crisis. He believes FDR provoked the Japanese into war so American would fight in Europe. I can see how he feels that way. I have wondered the same thing myself. But what would the world be like if we had not stopped Hitler? His criticism of the Japanese internment during WW2 was like all of it is: anachronistic. I was afraid he was going to say that 9-11 was an inside job but he didn't. I would have sent the book back if he had said that. If everyone in the country felt as strongly as the judge does about our government Washington would have a lot to answer for. The government manipulates people. It is happening as I write this and most people are happy with it. Call me jaded and cynical. What else is new?
Interesting in parts, but way over the top. Also, Napolitano is not a professional narrator, his narrating voice lacks in variety, which becomes annoying after a while.
Crazy Dog Lady
This is one of the most interesting ones I have listened to, and the first political audio book I have done.
One of the most memorable parts of the book was finding out that the part about "Innocent until proven guilty" was illustrated with a case I had read a book about, and that the impression that book left me with was not the whole truth!
I liked his narrating, especially because his passion for the topic comes through. That might not be the same with another narrator.
It is amazing how much of what one is taught in American History classes misses, as I found out with this audio book. Things that I took for granted as "fact" turn out to not be true. If you have an interest in history and politics, this book will make you think!
Interesting read. I'm going to look into some of the historial items he lists as facts considering that they are not accepted as facts by most in this country. If they are facts then my mind has been blown a few times in this book. I really like Napolitano's takes though and that he's not afraid to trash either party.
I read epic sci-fi and historic fiction, good non-fiction science, classic philosophy, history and little bits of what blows through my ears
I am a Progressive Liberal Democrat and I recommend this book. Understanding the fundamental mechanics of Constitutional debate and history only strengthens each of us as citizens. I have not changed my opinions as a result of hearing Judge Napolitano's arguments, but I am much clearer about the issues, the ramifications of policies and the location of mines in the political landscape. Idealists may bristle at his explicit distaste for honoured icons and ideals. So be it. It is rare to find such erudition and intelligent eloquence in someone with whom I disagree on so many points. Makes me miss Buckley.
Excellent eye opener!
Kept my attention the whole time i was listening.
Didnt want to turn it off!
Filled with eye opening details, makes you think, shocking, have to listen to it again!!
Why the average man should become a libertarian.
After listening to this book, as a conservative Republican......I will change my voter registration to Libertarian.