#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
Mark's passion for Liberty
The neat tying of the historical giants of Statism to today's leaders who hide behind
Yes, but I kept nodding off.
This book takes tremendous effort to get through, but its message is important -stick with it!
Liberty and Tyranny - both books explain how leftists have been destroying America, and why Americans must return to our founding principles enshrined in the amended constitution.
The narration was dry, but did not deter from the importance of the material.
The book encouraged me to defend liberty.
Listen to this important material, and defend liberty against totalitarians.
If you liked Liberty & Tyranny, you will LOVE this book. Mark does an amazing job of condensing some pretty complex subject matter into understandable, thought-provoking, meaningful, and enlightening bits of insight and wisdom. Along with being one of the greatest thinkers of our time, Mark is a great communicator. While Adam Grupper did a great job with the narration, Mark's delivery is so much more compelling. I wish he read the whole book.
Someone who wants large sections of classic works read to them.
Not well. I could not find very much original material here.
I would have had the book actually be the work of Mark Levin, interpreting, paraphrasing, commenting. Instead there were very long sections of what seemed to be quotations from the original source material.
The first 14 chapters
This book seems to consist of nothing more than chapters that quote extensively from the original source material without any actual commentary by Mr. Levin. (unless of course he hath adopted the verbal mannerisms of a bygone era). This material is all in the public domain. I listened to the first 8 chapters hoping each next chapter would finally start the book. After 8 I stopped listening and started scanning. After 14 I gave up and erased the thing. I would have had more respect for Levin if he had said,
Turn ons??? 1) Obedience 2) Respect 3) Learning to please Master. Master does not do turn offs. He guides and trains His little stooges past what does not please Master.
Maybe but not any time soon. I enjoy Mark Levin on the radio and was really hoping I'd get the same enjoyment out of this book. But it's just to dry for my liking. The narration was fine.
Never, it's just not that kind of book
Of all the books I've listened to so far, this has been the only let down for me so far. I love the topic, I love the author and normally I would say this book is right up my alley.....but I would not recommend this book to others. It's just a dry read that reads like a text book (IMHO).
Great book, audio lacked I think they could have gotten a better reader.
Hard to listen to him.
Yes, Vote for anybody but the left
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.
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