While the content of the book is good, this "abridgement" is really just the last part of the book. While the book version of A People's history..." starts with Columbus (I believe) this audio version covers only the 20th century. I was pretty disappointed, as the audio version is great, but very incomplete. I agree with the other reviewers, Matt Damon is the perfect person to read this book. I think you'd be much better off purchasing the paper copy of this book to get the complete stroy.
I purchased this audiobook because I'm a fan of the Lost TV show, which this book is affiliated with. I figured that it would be an ok book that would offer clues to the TV show. I was right about the clues, but the book has far exceeded my expectations. It is a well written detective mystery. I am curious as to who the author is though.
I quite liked this book. I would certainly disagree with the reviewers who felt that this book was a fraud, or that it contained no facts, etc. In fact, I haven't really seen what I would consider a good post against it here (granted, as I write this, there are only 9 reviews, some of those are positive, so it's not a real large sample) The book does a good job of laying out why the author believes there are holes in Darwin's Theory of Evolution. Thoe who claim that it pushes "Creationism" are clearly listening with a bias, as it does no such thing. The author spends his time pointing out what he believes are flaws in Darwin's theory & sharing why he thinks so. If you are a die-hard evolutionist, you will probably hate the book. If you are a die-hard creationist, you will probably love it. If you are open minded about these kinds of things, you may well find it interesting to hear this perspective on the argument.
you may not agree with his politics (Levin is clearly a conservative) but his look behind the scenes at the supreme court is very insightful. I certainly came away with a better understanding of why many people feel that the supreme court is usurping the powers of the other branches of government. The reviewer that claimed that Levin has no idea how the supreme court works-either didn't read the book, or is letting his/her politics get in the way of his/her judgement. While you may not agree with his politics, 30 minutes of listening to this audiobook will disprove you of the notion that Levin has no idea of how the supreme court works. In fact, if there is a downside to this book, it is that is does tend to slip into the nitty gritty details of the court, but I suppose Levin does this to protect himself from the charge that he doesn't know what he's talking about.
If you are an environmentalist, you'll hate this book. If you believe that environmentalists twist & massage data to support their worldview, then you'll love it. I think you can see that in the other reviews. I thought it was a great story, very thought-provoking, but I agree with Joshua's review below. The mouth & stomach noises made by the reader were terribly distracting.
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