OK, "entertaining" is relative for any history of philosophy, but this book does a decent job of weaving together the lives and ideas of American thinkers at a critical period of American philosophy. The narrative flowed well (most of the time), and shed some light on both the personalities and ideas of these philosophers. I hadn't known much about Oliver Wendell Holme's life, and I found that section particularly interesting.
A good selection if you're looking for an enjoyable overview. Not so good if you're looking for in-depth understanding of these men's ideas (but in that case, you probably wouldn't go to a audio book summary anyway).
This is a perfect combination of story and delivery. Matt Dillon captures the mood of the story and the character of the voices without going overboard into a radio drama. It's been several decade since I last read "On the Road", and this was a brilliant way for me to re-visit the book (and the era!).
Listening to this book also led to some interesting conversation about the times w/ my teenaged old daughter, who is now reading the book for her first time.
I loved this book when I first read it years ago, I love listening to Keillor's voice on the radio, and this is the perfect combo. This was a great way to lighten my day to and from work.
From the "welcome non-readers..." introduction to the hilarious guest voices, it is clear that this audiobook got well-spent extra attention in production. Based on politics, people will either love or hate this book. People who love the United States for the principles on which was founded will love it. People who prefer to disregard those principles in favor of knee-jerk force based on random, local and temporary political expediency will probably think that this book is treason.
And the occasional "perspective" from Canada was great...
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