Listen to Steyn make mincemeat of our political and cultural sacred cows. He's smart and articulate. Quite a treat.
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So I'll qualify that I'm Canadian and in that regard, I've had the pleasure of reading Mr. Steyn a bit longer than most. What a treat he is - both his writing and his narration.
While I think he goes a bit far at times with his analysis (in particular his concerns re: Muslims), on many other matters he's bang on in my estimation and to that end the US, Europe and others are on a precipice. I won't get into his analysis other than to say he covers the main topics you would expect from someone who is commenting on the political situation in the US (though he mostly stays away from the abortion and gun issue). The US and Int economy, immigration, geopolitical politics, demographics are all covered and even if half of what he suggests is going to happen, happens, it's going to be a really tough go. People shouldn't say they weren't warned.
Outside of his interesting and provocative analyses, what makes Steyn so special is his sense of humour. He really is stand alone in this regard. Sharp analysis with an even sharper wit is a deadly combination. The pen is certainly mightier in this book.
The cherry on the cake is that Steyn himself narrates. Intentionally (I think) he uses what I guess is a cross between a British and Aussie accent and this makes the read downright hilarious at times. The narration is excellent I suspect because Steyn knows exactly how he wants his text delivered and he rolls through the book flawlessly. He so good at it, I wouldn't be surprised to see him narrate books that are not his.
In summary - a highly recommended, well narrated cutting political commentary regarding the end of the United States as a major power.
Mark Steyn's delivery is impeccable.
His wit and satire are uniquely his - nobody does it like Steyn.
How little the US has accomplished in the last three generations.
Important message for all Americans who give a d.... Sad that it takes a Canadian from Britain who loves the USA to point out how dire the path we (and our allies) have followed is.
I had first read After America over a year ago but saw it on Audible at a very cheap price since I owned the Kindle version and decided to listen to it again. Definitely a FAR right look at the dynamics and changing societal norms that sound often as Randian wake up calls to the ills of a society that attacks the entrepreneur through left leaning protectionist altruistic red tape falsely trying to help the lower class while destroying the economic system in the process. He reserves some of his most rile venom for Thomas Friedman's global view of the flat world that is good for all. A prime example for Steyn was the US's inability to respond decisively to the attacks of 9/11 to moving past the big hole at ground zero and over a decade later the bureaucracy and lack of entrepreneurial spirit has lead to our inability to fill the hole and build a monument to the power of man to over come. I didn't always agree with how far right his stance was at times but his view point is definitely one to be understood.
I really enjoy reading, in general. However, listening to Mark Steyn read his own work adds a great deal to the text.
I enjoyed his sharp, witty, and spot-on observations.
He is a hoot to listen to. His voice really has wonderful expression and adds an extra kick to his observations. He makes a rough subject seem a bit more palatable to process.
There are no trivial pieces of information in this book - no tidbits. This is a chewy book.
If even 10% of Mark Steyn's diagnosis and prognosis is accurate, we are truly in the late stages of the decline and fall of America.
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Mark proffers an incisive and deadly analysis with great wit. The reader often finds oneself laughing aloud while cringing at the stark import of the news being delivered. It is truly prophetic, in both senses of the word.
The best audiobooks are the ones that are read by the author. And the best of those are the ones where the author has a great voice, and Steyn is one of those guys. Best of all, he's smart AND he's funny. You can't beat that.
I read this book and then went and bought the audiobook to hear it read to me again. Its that good.
And Steyn is right on the money about EVERYTHING, but even if you don't agree with his politics, he's still fascinating.
Absolutely the easiest way to get an understanding of how our "so-called Leaders" have wasted our nation's assets!
No, this is the first of many I plan to use to listen-and-learn.
"OUR UNCONSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP"
That its hard not to agree with the author even though it is such a bleak message.
When he quoted Tocqueville, saying, "America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great."
Easily the best
The last 30 minutes wrapped it up poetically.
His voice is terrific. Great comedic timing.
I laughed out loud.
I listened to this book 3 times so far and plan to listen again. Never have done that before.