If you too find yourself pondering the words behind words, this book may be one you’ll enjoy. It seems hard to admit, but I occasionally enjoy inferring the "thesis" out of a book. I am already enjoying the work again. Unremarkable phrases mysteriously offer subtle clues. Or do they? Such is the enjoyment of a work whose soul is never quite explicit. The work stuns and turns and grows mysterious.
To some, the quixotic nature of the work may be troubling, but few would argue that it fails to capture your attention. The problem, if you indeed see it as one, is the eventual realization that the work is allegorical.
While the allegory may not suit many readers, the work is well written and well read. The sentences seem to possess an unnamed beauty, and the wordplay is engaging.
All of this, to me, is one big recommendation for a work that is not likely to grow stale the moment you’ve finished it.
It did seem to repeat itself. I at times was a bit unsure if I accidently skipped backwards or the author was stressing a point or simply filling space.
Probably not. He mostly offered his ideas on coming deflation. The actual investing portion was small. It was interesting, but for a book that touted strategies, I think it was a bit thin on how to either look for or exploit investment opportunities. It's probably nearly one of a kind on Audible, so if you are interested in deflation, it is a must.
I prefer faster narration, but the Audible app let me set the speed to 1.5x.
No. The most interesting bit was his exchange with Milton Friedman, but the author comes off rather flat in the exchange.
This book mostly emphasized long term Bonds which increase in value as interest rates fall because their earlier issue was at higher rates.
I have enjoyed the narration of Toby Longworth in the past, and this audiobook, for the most part, is no exception. His timing and depth are quite good.
What I did have a problem with was the abrupt and sudden end. The entire work seems like a long setup for a future novel. If you are looking for plot and conflict and resolution, you will be disappointed.
The work hints at future plot devices which could go horribly wrong or wonderfully right. Without finishing the series it is impossible to say whether this book is a complete waste of time or the beginning of something good-- and audible.com currently only offers the first two books.
Given my lack of fulfillment in the resolution of the Lemony Snicket books, I am more inclined to warn than recommend.
Good luck with your own decision!
If you like spy works, this book will have its moments. I find the narration gifted, but the beach scene of Dr. No by Ian Flemming is clearly inspiration to at least the opening scene in this book. The similarities were so strong that I purchased the Dr. No audiobook to compare. Homage or plagiarism? I am still undecided on that count, but settling into the work, I let the question fade. No matter the intent, the opening here grabs attention. Some of the premises occaisionally strain credibility, but I was interested throughout until the very end when the work breaks. Several of the last thematic elements seem very forced. Add in free use of rough language and this work is clearly not for everyone.
There are several works where the literary genius of the author is never in doubt whether you fully enjoy the work or not. This is true of Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and, of course, Joseph Heller. Heller briefly references Dostoyevsky's own Crime and Punishment with a line about the dream of Raskolnikov. This work is lighter than Crime and Punishment (an easy feat) but by no means light-hearted despite some very funny moments. The circular and contradictory humour can lack be tedious, but the world is immersive. The narrator is accomplished, but several volume changes add little annoyances. Humoursly (to me) Doc Daneeka seemed to be voiced by John Madden. Those thinking that the author was critisizing war are probably missing the point just slightly. The work is definitely a biting criticism of unethical actions, but truly knowing exactly the true theme is difficult. Certainly the work does seem to represent the struggle between an individual and institution, but regardless of theme intellectually prone readers will be glad to have finished the work despite their various level of enjoyment. Recommended if you are so inclined.
The work is entertaining and the narrator only falters when attempting a British accent. Given the price and general enjoyment of this work, you'll only smile when she fails at a British accent.
It fails to achieve its objectives, but the work will still be intesely interesting for political junkies possibly because Tom Delay fails to persuade. Delay speaks relatively well, and the drawl adds interest without impairing communication. Highly recommended.
The performance succeeds, but the story fails.
This book has two narrators; one narrator brings Heinlein's characters to life by giving them voices and accents, and the other narrator is the character Manny. Manny begins interesting, but he experiences no growth. All growth is centered around the funny and intelligent super-computer, but eventually the novelty and charm of the computer wear out, and it becomes a task of listening to the lead character. It simpy felt overly long.
Mark Levin treats us to an excellent argument against the subjugation of America to nine Justices. Among his chief arguments are the following: Judges are no wiser than their fellow men; Judges should refrain from making policy decisions because they are exempt from the elective control; and Common Law is a perversion of Constitutional checks and balances.
Some reviewers are correct: You can have a good sense of this work before hand, but people, who have heard Levin's radio show, will be pleasantly surprised at the calm, rational discussion in the work. A professional reader adds as much, but this work is far from the incendiary provocation that Democrats assert. To them, the real crime is the shattering of the legal analysis (or lack of it) and holding of Roe in "Death by Privacy."
Would his thesis require releasing some 'rights' acquired in a 'Living Constitution?' Sure, but should we not expect our government to operate within its framework? After all, the Framers provided provisions and methods to amend the Constitution.
Of course, the Framers of the Constitution were far from a uniform body of people. (Alexander Hamilton sought a strengthened federal government and was deeply opposed by Thomas Jefferson.) However, Levin simply presents the words of Justices to prove his case. Doubt me? Take a look at the online retailers that provide previewable sections.
It’s a work that I think everyone should “read.” I would also recommend that all political junkies check out the following works:
Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton (only abridgement I’ve liked);
Bill Clinton’s My Life;
Jimmy Carter’s Our Endangered Values (Although you’ll want to read it because apparently chose to read it with a mouthful of marbles. I will never know how it won an audiobook award.);
Tom Delay’s No Retreat, No Surrender;
And John Stossel’s Give Me a Break.
These are notes after all; still I wish that audible provided actual audio textbooks. (You couldn't find an audio textbook this cheap.)
They were excellent supplemental materials though, and I did recommend them to other students in the same class. The examples and way of illustration were helpful. These notes, while incomplete did contribute to my success in the class.
There are review questions covering material seemingly absent from the summary sections, but the nature of the content lent to more studying in less time. Is that criticism or not?
This work is great. The narrator delivers the humor and wit. The voices are distinct, and the natural timing and talent are remarkable. Stroud delivers a well written work accessible by adults though clearly intended for children. I often think that many children's books are the best books. This series entertains.
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