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International Law Audiobook

International Law

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Publisher's Summary

A case is made that so-called international law is law in name only and, moreover, that although bona fide international law is theoretically possible, it would not be desirable.

©2016 John-Michael Kuczynski (P)2016 John-Michael Kuczynski

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    Linda 09-30-16
    Linda 09-30-16
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    "cogent and beautiful"
    What did you love best about International Law?

    It was analytical and yet narrative, like a novel and a treatise rolled into one. i have never encountered anything like this, but now that I have, I'm wondering why other authors don't do it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was non-fiction; so there was only one 'character.'


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discussion of infelicitous utterances.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost, but I like to stop every 20 minutes or so to consider what I've heard. Also, some parts of it are like poetry, and I like to listen to them over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    This guy is brilliant. But his book covers are alienating.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tam 10-01-16
    Tam 10-01-16
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    "the truth about the united nations!"
    What made the experience of listening to International Law the most enjoyable?

    its honesty, its rigor, the fact that it is true.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of International Law?

    the discussion of stalin's government


    Which scene was your favorite?

    i like the science fictions parts


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it was witty.


    Any additional comments?

    a great introduction to a complex subject. this book will ruffle the feathers of a lot of bureaucrats, however.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James 10-05-16
    James 10-05-16
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    "one of Kuczynski's better ones"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, because it was so forthright, and there was some semi-amusing semi-fictitious parts


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way the author used stories to make philosophical points interesting and clear


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the discussion of stalin


    If you could give International Law a new subtitle, what would it be?

    ethics for the real world


    Any additional comments?

    lovely book, better than hedonism by the same author, which was not so good

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 09-30-16
    Kim 09-30-16
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    "philosophy not law, but very good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of International Law to be better than the print version?

    yes, when i heard it, its lyricism was more impactful than when read


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    the combination of narrative and analytical elements


    What about Mark Symms’s performance did you like?

    clear and unobtrusively folksy


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it was very, very erudite. its ease and clarity was refreshing


    Any additional comments?

    kuczynski is better than russell

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edgar 10-18-16
    Edgar 10-18-16
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    "not disappointed but..."
    Would you listen to International Law again? Why?

    already listened to it five times


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    it was narrative but illustrated very technical points in a delightfully inventive way


    Have you listened to any of Mark Symms’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    first performance of his


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    international law: the untold story


    Any additional comments?

    worth it, buy it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 10-08-16
    Michael 10-08-16
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    "good narrator, middling script"
    Where does International Law rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 20


    What was one of the most memorable moments of International Law?

    i like the discussion of meaningless assurances


    Which character – as performed by Mark Symms – was your favorite?

    i liked when he was talking about guyana


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    that there are different kinds of causation


    Any additional comments?

    i thought it was a little labored, but the narrator kept it light

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 10-04-16
    Paul 10-04-16
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    "better than Rawls"
    Where does International Law rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among books on Law, number 1. In general, top 50


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    only one character, so him, I guess


    Have you listened to any of Mark Symms’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    barely, a little long for that, but it did flow, and it was sort of witty


    Any additional comments?

    great book, makes important concepts very clear. way, way better than most political theory.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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