I bought this book back in college and relied on it constantly. When I saw the audio-book was available I figured I'd give it a shot, for nostalgia if nothing else. The content was as good as I remembered but the experience was ruined by the narration. The only thing I can liken the sound to is a 90 year-old, drunk Irishman who nearly spits his dentures out with each sentence. Seriously. Buy it (if you want to waste a credit), you'll see what I mean. Whoever hired this guy needs a performance review ASAP.
The info was very good and I found it interesting, but it was anything but engaging. I don't know how this got so many good reviews. Maybe some Levinites are sending some props his way or something. You really need to go into this one wanting a historical treatise on the four or five "wrong" styles of governmental ideology presented. There isn't much here to blow your hair back. Levin even quoteth'ed the old texts complete with the Old-English, "thees, thous, and dost's" . . . snooooooore.
If you are into history and knowledge you will never need for any practical purpose (like me), you'll dig this material, if not, here is the whole book in a few sentences: "Several famous thinkers over the ages have come up with ideas about what the perfect relationship between the government and people should look like. Most of them proved to be disastrous failures (i.e. the communist experiment). America managed to get it right from the start, but we've been drifting into behaviors too close to the things that plagued the other once-brilliant catastrophes. So WAKE UP America!"
There you go, no need to thank me.
As for the narrator, imagine hearing someone speak to you for 6 hours about very dry topics in complete monotone while treating every punctuation mark as if it were a period. And I am talking, like, end-of-the-paragraph period.
So . . . my advice to you . . . if you want my advice . . . is buy this book used . . . off of Amazon or eBay . . . if it costs more than a couple of bucks . . . go to the library . . . at least then you won't hate yourself so much for wasting a credit on it . . .
I was hoping Levin could at least fire me up by stirring my emotions, fear, etc. After all, that is kind of his deal, right? But all I got was a sensation similar to removing my brain from my skull, blow-drying it on high until it becomes sticky to the touch, then sprinkling fine, dry ash on it. I am talking talcum powder fine here. After a liberal applicaiton of the ash, I can imagine it being firmly slapped a couple of times with a cupped hand, just to witness the plume of ash created with each slap (which would be far more entertaining than this book).
You've been warned.
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