As a libertarian verging on anarchist I was surprised at how much I agreed with Al's argument. A completly enjoyable listen! And funny? Hey it's Al Franken, of course it's funny...very very funny.
Stossel, gets a bit whiney at times, and beats up on his former employers a bit monotonously. However that is the worst thing I can say about this book. Stossel takes shots at the false left right dichotomy of the USA while making a great proletarian case for liberty and libertarianism. He does so by contrasting intuition with real-world results. If you read Libertarianism a Primer, by David Boaz you will not gain much new insight here, though your filed of view will expand as you will gain more examples. If you found teh above book too far embedded in philosophy and political science to be an easy read or listen, you will find Stossel covers the same basic ground in a more man-on-the-street format.Over all I rate this very well. Stossel makes a compelling case, and has good delivery overall.
I am a long time fan of PJ's and even socialized with him once in Hong Kong. I have read all his past works and have often found myself in philosophical agreement. In this work PJ follows on much of the same Cato-esque philosophy, pointing it toward modern events. In such he is often quite rigorous and pointed...However, in a fair portion of the text PJ gravitates (for the first time in my memory) towards juvenile and simplistic turd throwing in much the same idiotic way as many of the Faux News pundits. I guess PJ thought it was humor, but the incessant straw man arguments and poor adhominem rhetoric really weakened his overall presentation as well as (of course) his arguments. I think this has become my least favorite PJ book. Narration was good.
I originally rated this book with 5 stars, it is a very important collection of facts about god concepts and holds high value for many of the articles in it.
The narration is well done and the multiple voice method works well, however Audible and Phoenix have let us down in significant ways with the farce of this audio book. They have segmented a book available on Amazon for only about $17 into two books here for considerably more money. And they did a very poor job of formatting the audio as well. There is no sense to how the "chapter markers" relate to the content and often end in the middle of individual articles.
Further I am not sure how this can be unabridged when one of the chapters is a photo essay on Christian Snake Handlers. How does one do photo in Audio form?
If I were to live this part of my life over again I would have bought the kindle or in book form and had the whole thing for much less money, with correct chapter segmenting, fully unabridged, and easily referenced. As it is it would still be less expensive for me to buy the whole paper book, or ebook rather than buy volume 2 on Audio.
Very disappointed. formatting
Though I have not yet read Hitch 22, and though I admire all of his works, to me this is the best of hitch. Adams does a fine ob on the read as well.
When this was first published I ignored it, but only recall having a bad disposition towards it based solely on the zeitgeist of my particular community at that time.
I was stupid to have ignored this work of prose for so long. Aside from being a wonderful farce, it contains so many gems of philosophical prose such as: "Our names meet, separate, and meet again, but the people going by the names do not remain the same." or : "The fall of angels, Gibreel reflected, was not the same kettle as the Tumble of Woman and Man. In the case of human persons, the issue had been morality. Of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they shouldst not eat, and ate. Woman first, and at her suggestion man, acquired the verboten ethical standards, tastily apple-flavoured: the serpent brought them a value system. Enabling them, among other things, to judge the Deity Itself, making possible in good time all the awkward inquiries: why evil? Why suffering? Why death? -- So, out they went. It didn't want Its pretty creatures getting above their station... -- Whereas the angels' crash was a simple matter of power: a straightforward piece of celestial police work, punishment for rebellion, good and tough "pour encourager les autres". -- Then how unconfident of Itself this Deity was, Who didn't want Its finest creations to know right from wrong; and Who reigned by terror, insisting upon the unqualified submission of even Its closest associates, packingoff all dissidents to Its blazing Siberias, the gulag- infernos of Hell. . ."
Those two diamonds of thought alone make this a stellar novel, and this book is filled with a great many more. Sam Dastor does a great job of painting the text into an audio picture. All in all marvelous.
The audio version of Wild Duck's begins not unlike Michael Prichert reading Brian Greene's ?The Fabric of the Cosmos?. That is to say that Robbins voice initially seems ill suited to the task and doesn't quite spark the imagination at the first word. However, and also like the Greene book, after a short while the voice becomes the book. The voice comes to fit perfectly with the length and depth of the words contained therein.
To me, the content (regardless of narrator) is absolutely first rate. I have only become familiar with Tom Robbins fictions in the pats few years, but found in them shadows of a kindred spirit in the relentless pursuit of liberty (and all the trimmings). This book offers the Robbins fiction admirer a look into the sources of ideas and themes played upon in his many fiction works. It also offers some new and personal views of the author himself.
Tom if you are reading, thanks for crafting so many pleasant sentence, and thanks for helping me to read, listen to, and therefore crystallize, ideas that have from time to time clanged around my own soul.
I have said for some time that I am a libertarian, and it turns out that I was right. Libertarianism gave me a much more in depth philosophy on which to rest my assumed label and set of political beliefs. Great read even if you're not a libertarian, clear and concise with excellent, abundant, real world examples of what is and is not (or perhaps what it means to believe in and support) a libertarian way of governance.
Well written and accurate world view. If most of my patriate friends in the states would adopt half of these ideas the world, and the USA would benefit.
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