I'm speaking from a position of knowing very little about Ron Paul and the general idea of Libertarianism. My hope with listening to this book was to get a better idea of both so I could be prepared for the upcoming election cycle.
Based on this book alone, what I found out about Libertarianism was that the general criticism of it is essentially spot on. The Libertarian ideal is an empty box covered with shiny paper and a big, pretty bow. I wouldn't go so far as to say that Paul contradicts himself (a lot) in this book, but he definitely seems to have a lot of moving targets; on abortion he tells us to trust science in that if a fetus is to be considered a "baby" at 9 months then it should be at one month as well. Yet when it comes to Global Warming we're told not to trust the overwhelming scientific consensus that something very real is happening in that regard and uses the term "junk science" to describe it. There are similar instances throughout the book. The real problem I had with it was that nearly the whole concept of Libertarianism seems to be based on the idea that left to our own devices (as opposed to heavy government regulation) we will all just do the right thing and everything will magically fall into place. He completely avoids the reality of how the govt. regulations that he speaks against have been put in place because people DON'T just naturally do the right thing. I completely agree that we need to pull back the influence of government, but it needs to be done in a realistic way. In this first look into Libertarianism I can see why it's not taken that seriously. The ideas are compelling and I don't know who wouldn't want to live in that world, but then again that's what a utopia is all about.
I found the narration to be smooth and flowing, Craig took what could be considered a fairly dry subject and moved it along well. I give it 4 stars because I got the book to find out more about the subject and the book delivered.