#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
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.
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.
I wished there were more words from Mark R. Levin.
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.
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.
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.
No. I would rather hear my ex-wife whine, bitch and moan than be talked down to.
He could have made his point in clear language that apealed to a moral base rather than an egotistical rant. It was anoying.
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.
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.
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.
introduction by Mark, and the birth of the declaration , i think, chapter 3.
no. some 5 hours of not much, 2 hours scattered of what i wanted it for.
wish i could have downloaded to a flash drive or other portable device so i could have listen ed on my home stereo.
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.
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.
It's not a stright through read. I'm still not finished.
It would be a good college course. That is if there were any feeling in the reading.
No - it really was not up to Levin's normal level of excellence. The data was factual (and frightening) but too dry.
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.
That Mark Levin actually read three chapters...
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.
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.
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
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