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Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America | [Mark R. Levin]

Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

#1 New York Times best-selling author Mark Levin explores the philosophical basis of America's foundations and the crisis that faces government today.
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#1 New York Times best-selling author Mark Levin explores the philosophical basis of America's foundations and the crisis that faces government today.

©2012 Mark Levin (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Nick Jacksonville, FL, United States 03-29-12
    Nick Jacksonville, FL, United States 03-29-12

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    "Narrator needs to give Levin a refund"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George 03-05-12
    George 03-05-12
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    "Ameritopia - A Compilation of Philosy on Economics"
    What did you like best about Ameritopia? What did you like least?

    I liked the book Ameritopia. it is a very thoughtful work and educational. I wish it were more the authors point of view pitched against the backdrop of current events; however, I found it more a compilation of writings from philosophers giving the pros and cons of different economic viewpoints. It of course was obvious that a free society prospers more than one controlled by a centralized power. The book cites the differences between pro liberty philosophers with communistic philosophers.


    Did Adam Grupper and Mark R. Levin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I wished there were more words from Mark R. Levin.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Austin, TX, United States 01-24-12
    Susan Austin, TX, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Savor this one a little at a time"

    Some audiobooks are hard to put down, and I zoom through them in no time. However, this one is meant to be listened to slowly as there are many thought provoking concepts presented. Should Americans allow their government so much control as to let those in charge strive for some form of American Utopia ? Or are free market principles and small central government the path we should take? Levin guides us through Plato, Thomas More, Hobbes, and Karl Marx and contrasts their ideals with the Locke, Montesquieu and de Tocqueville in an effort to make us all understand what we have and what could happen to what we have if we don't pay attention. A very enlightening read for all, one which I plan to pass along to my family and friends. A better reading gift could not be given.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    stephen Spartanburg, SC, United States 01-19-12
    stephen Spartanburg, SC, United States 01-19-12
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    "A must read for every American!"

    Mark Levin has made his book extremely informative while making it a breeze to listen to. Levin takes his readers (listeners for the audio book crowd) through an informative journey of what the trouble(s) with trying to build a Utopian society is. Levin also shows how by living constitutionally through the founding fathers example we can restore America to the great society earlier generations enjoyed and so that future and current generations may benefit and prosper as well.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kirk 01-16-13
    Kirk 01-16-13
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    "Horrable Egotistical dribble"
    Would you try another book from Mark R. Levin and/or Adam Grupper and Mark R. Levin ?

    No. What he had to say was lost in his own egotistical pontification that could only appeal to political snobs who had nothing better to do than hear themselves talk.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark R. Levin again?

    No. I would rather hear my ex-wife whine, bitch and moan than be talked down to.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He could have made his point in clear language that apealed to a moral base rather than an egotistical rant. It was anoying.


    What character would you cut from Ameritopia?

    Mark Lavin


    Any additional comments?

    Mark is smart .....but instead of brining it home........he goes off ...wildly off......and simply lost his audience before anyone had the patience for him to come back.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Mountain View, US, Canada 07-23-12
    Arthur Mountain View, US, Canada 07-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A waste of time"

    The author attempts to cite history to support his extreme views. He sets up straw men to represent others views and tears them down to support his own bias. He makes no convincing arguments to make his cause. I listened to the whole thing but found it to be the worst book I've read or listened to in a long time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James in E Wa E Wa 06-18-12
    James in E Wa E Wa 06-18-12

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    "didn't live up to expectations"
    Would you try another book from Mark R. Levin and/or Adam Grupper and Mark R. Levin ?

    turns out it was a long winded book about various forms of government. wanted to hear about our form, warnings about what's to come, and steps to change it. 2/3 of the book was about forms of government i didn't care about. audible's download doesn't copy to flash drive or phone. could only listen on computer, not portable at all. the book itself had only about 3 chapters that held my interest: introduction, declaration of independence, and warnings for not changing.


    Has Ameritopia turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    introduction by Mark, and the birth of the declaration , i think, chapter 3.


    Was Ameritopia worth the listening time?

    no. some 5 hours of not much, 2 hours scattered of what i wanted it for.


    Any additional comments?

    wish i could have downloaded to a flash drive or other portable device so i could have listen ed on my home stereo.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    June Norfolk, VA, United States 05-05-12
    June Norfolk, VA, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Textbook"
    What did you like best about Ameritopia? What did you like least?

    This is a really good book if you are looking for history. It is not a book for pleasure, at all. If the book really is about the unmaking of America he needs to get to it quicker or more directly. And we surely do have a mess here, but it takes alot of effort to understand.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark R. Levin again?

    Not sure.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It is a very monotone read. I usually like to listen to a book read by the arthor, and this one was, but no passion in this book.


    Was Ameritopia worth the listening time?

    It's not a stright through read. I'm still not finished.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be a good college course. That is if there were any feeling in the reading.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dallas Georgia 02-13-12
    Dallas Georgia 02-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not as Good as I Expected"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No - it really was not up to Levin's normal level of excellence. The data was factual (and frightening) but too dry.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christian danville, CA, United States 01-19-12
    Christian danville, CA, United States 01-19-12
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    "A brilliant masterpiece of literature."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ameritopia to be better than the print version?

    It is really nice to hear Mark read the three chapters he does, the other narrator is a bit dry but it does not detract from the book in any way.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    That Mark Levin actually read three chapters...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have one. The whole book, to me, was great enough that no one moments stood out to me as better than another.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh yes. When Mark goes into the greatness of America and how it is being and has been destroyed by the left for many years.


    Any additional comments?

    I know many Obama supporters and Ron Paul supporters are either not literate or are too high to read this and understand it... but for the rest of you, good and hardworking Americans who love their country... you will love this book. It is inspirational, factual and exposes these detestable leftists for who they are and asks the question

    4 of 18 people found this review helpful
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