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  • Busting Myths About the State and the Libertarian Alternative

  • By: Zack Rofer
  • Narrated by: Jim Vann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
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In non-technical terms, the libertarian is simply someone who is against the use of force against peaceful people in civil society. You would think that this would be a universally accepted idea, but to believe in government as we know it is to be at odds with this idea. This book answers all the tough questions libertarians get from statists and is perfect for ripping apart justifications for the state. All libertarians should listen to this audiobook to brush up on their philosophy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audiobook

  • By No to Statism on 01-09-19

Great Audiobook

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Reviewed: 01-09-19

Mr. Rofer does a great job introducing and explaining Libertarianism. He also performed an excellent service by way of clearly comparing it to "statism"! I really appreciate the Ludwig von Mises Institute for making this audiobook available.

I want say also that the talents of Jim Vann were in my opinion, perfectly suited to the reading of this great audiobook!

  • Mises

  • The Last Knight of Liberalism
  • By: Jörg Guido Hülsmann
  • Narrated by: Paul Strikwerda
  • Length: 31 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
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Here is a magisterial book for today and the ages, one that inspires awe for both the subject and the author who accomplished the seemingly impossible: a sweeping intellectual biography, constructed from original sources, of the 20th century's most astonishing dissident intellectual. It has the apparatus of a great scholarly work but the drama of a classic novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Biography of Mises

  • By No to Statism on 01-03-19

Excellent Biography of Mises

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Reviewed: 01-03-19

This truly an excellent biographical review of Ludwig von Mises. I learned more about him than I expected, and I really appreciate Jörg Guido Hülsmann's thoroughness. Also, a big thank you to the Ludwig von Mises Institute for making this audiobook possible!

Paul Strikwerda did a superb job reading the text!

  • Reformations

  • The Early Modern World, 1450-1650
  • By: Carlos M. N. Eire
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 39 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
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Carlos Eire, popular professor and gifted writer, chronicles the 200-year era of the Renaissance and Reformation with particular attention to issues that persist as concerns in the present day. Eire connects the Protestant and Catholic Reformations in new and profound ways, and he demonstrates convincingly that this crucial turning point in history not only affected people long gone but continues to shape our world and define who we are today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Compelling Historical Survey

  • By Keith on 08-15-18

Powerful and Thought Provoking

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Reviewed: 12-17-18

It is obvious to me that Mr. Eire vested many hours in researching and compiling this volume. I am personally very grateful for his efforts; there was much during the reformation period I did not know, but now my understanding is greatly improved!

Also, David Drummond did an outstanding job reading the text!

  • The Naked Communist

  • Exposing Communism and Restoring Freedom
  • By: W. Cleon Skousen
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 267
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The Naked Communist has sold almost two million copies. It found its way into the libraries of the CIA, the FBI, the White House, and homes all across America and the world. The Naked Communist contains a distillation of more than a hundred books and treatises on communism, many written by Marxist authors. We see the communist the way he sees himself - stripped of propaganda and pretense. Explained here is the amazing appeal of communism, its history, and its basic and unchanging concepts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The History of Communism

  • By Freedom on 11-16-15

Excellent Audiobook

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Reviewed: 12-08-18

I really appreciate Audible for making this audiobook available. Though it was originally published quite a few years ago, The Naked Communist contains many truths about communism that are still valid today. Thankfully this audiobook has been updated, making it an enjoyable listen.

Also, Mark Deakins did a great job reading the text.

  • The Myth of the Rational Voter

  • Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies
  • By: Bryan Caplan
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
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The greatest obstacle to sound economic policy is not entrenched special interests or rampant lobbying, but the popular misconceptions, irrational beliefs, and personal biases held by ordinary voters. This is economist Bryan Caplan's sobering assessment in this provocative and eye-opening book.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing

  • By Lyle Wincentsen on 05-12-11

Often Marginalizes Individual Beliefs

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Reviewed: 11-14-18

Among other distasteful things in this book, the author clearly subsumes that democracy is embodied in the U.S. constitution. In reality, the word democracy is nowhere found in the constitution! Having said this, Mr. Caplan would no doubt call me a "fundamentalist"; this was a chacterazation that he often used in this book.

I am convinced that Mr. Caplan is an atheist with a distinctive Darwinian humanist world view, and he makes every effort to dispense with the voting public who may have religious beliefs. Beliefs which actually affect their lives - not just their voting decisions. His references to such people are typified with the term "irrational" or "irrational rationality" (if they happen to per chance, vote the "right way").

Instead of revealing the underlying cause for democracy's inherent weaknesses, Mr. Caplan chooses instead to highlight examples of specific voter illogic. In fairness, some of the examples he uses are both interesting and humorous. He nevertheless unfailingly believes that its not the institution of democracy, but the voters who are defective. I am reminded of what Benjamin Franklin said to a woman who asked him what they (those at the Philadelphia convention) had "wrought". He said, a "republic if you can keep it". I will simply say; there is a huge difference between a Democracy and a Republic!

Additionally, David Drummond (if I didn't know otherwise) sounded as if he was the author. If only all audiobooks could be read that way!

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  • Witness

  • By: Whittaker Chambers
  • Narrated by: John MacDonald
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
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First published in 1952, Witness came on the heals of America's trial of the century, in which Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss, a full-standing member of the political establishment, of spying for the Soviet Union. In this penetrating philosophical memoir, Chambers recounts the famous case as well as his own experiences as a Communist agent in the United States, his later renunciation of communism, and his conversion to Christianity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great history about Communism

  • By Susan on 03-04-10

Absolutely Amazing Audiobook!

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Reviewed: 11-10-18

This is one of the most powerful and moving autobiographies I have ever read or listened to! At the outset, Whittaker Chambers was a very unusual person. If we take the measure of the man from his early life's experiences, he would not have followed the course his life ultimately took. Indeed as I listened to this excellent audiobook, it occurred to me that he was a pioneer in the truest sense of the word.

I am very thankful that Mr. Chambers took the time to write Witness. In it he reveals the nature of life as it actually is; the weaknesses, strengths, and the convoluted way by which it unfolds. I am also very impressed with the reading of this audiobook, for John McDonald's performance was truly outstanding!

  • Informed Common Sense

  • The Journals of Albert Jay Nock (LFB)
  • By: Albert Jay Nock
  • Narrated by: Richard G. Sigler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 7
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Albert Jay Nock witnessed and testified to the great change in civilization in the early 20th century: the decline of individual freedom and the rise in worship of the total state. His response? Resist - by penning some of the most important, formative works in what became known, later, as modern libertarianism. A clear writer always, there's nothing Nock wrote that is not worth reading. But if you want to get a gist of the man and his times, then you can hardly do better than his two volumes of journals, here presented under one cover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Insightful Audiobook!

  • By No to Statism on 10-30-18

Very Insightful Audiobook!

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Reviewed: 10-30-18

Though the text from which this audiobook derives was not finished by Mr. Nock, there is still plenty of his uncommon insight to be gleaned. The content is taken from his personal journals; essentially what most of us would call a diary. With that in mind, it certainly goes without saying that some of the entries are uneventful in nature.

Nevertheless, there are many comments in Mr. Nock's journals which are sparkling examples of his great insight into the true nature of the "state". Also, he offers a lot of insight into the basic nature of man. And, not a few insights into the nature of "mass man"; the definition of which is of great importance too me.

It is my hope that Audible will add more titles by Albert J. Nock - I would buy every single one of them! Additionally, Richard G. Sigler did a great job reading the text.

  • Beyond Democracy

  • Why Democracy Does Not Lead to Solidarity, Prosperity and Liberty But to Social Conflict, Runaway Spending and a Tyrannical Government
  • By: Frank Karsten, Karel Beckman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
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Do you wonder why government keeps growing bigger and the public debt keeps getting higher, while your freedom and prosperity look ever more threatened? After reading his book, you won't wonder anymore - you'll know why it is happening and what can be done about it. Beyond Democracy is a groundbreaking and fascinating book for everyone who wants to better understand current social problems and the economic crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worderfull

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-17-15

Excellent Introduction to Democracy

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Reviewed: 10-23-18

I really appreciate Frank Karsten & Karel Beckman for taking the time to write this great book! It is an excellent Introduction to the dreadful nature of democracy. In my view, a more exhaustive treatment of this subject should be written. Nevertheless, this is a great audiobook, and I highly recommend it.

I also want to mention that Jeff Riggenbach did a superb job reading the text!

  • A History of the English People

  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 31
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This is a provocative and panoramic survey of 2,000 years of English history. Johnson tells the story of how a small nation, living in a geographical backwater, developed unique economic and political institutions, expanded its territory, and saddled upon it the frame of a modern industrial society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stirring and (sometimes) wrongheaded

  • By Tad Davis on 06-19-16

This Audiobook Needs Redoing!

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Reviewed: 10-23-18

First of all, it is my view that a book of this nature, written by a man particularly, should be read by a male artist. In addition to this, the recording is older, and the sound quality leaves a lot to be desired.

I do however appreciate Paul Johnson for taking the time to write this excellent book! It must be said nevertheless; it is written like all historical texts, in a revisionist manner - this is not a bad or good thing; it is simply in the nature of historical writings.

  • Intellectuals

  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
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Since the time of Voltaire and Rousseau, the secular intellectual has increasingly filled the vacuum left by the decline of the cleric and assumed the functions of moral mentor and critic of mankind. This fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world examines the moral credentials of those whose thoughts have influenced humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Well read (audible)

  • By EJ on 08-25-17

Wonderful Biographical Audiobook!

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Reviewed: 10-18-18

Paul Johnson is incomparable in this book! He presents in great clarity, biographical overviews of many intellectuals who have caused tremendous sorrow in western society. After listening to this audiobook, which covers a wide range of persons (Rousseau to James Baldwin, with many, many others); you will undoubtedly have a better understanding of who these people really were!

Many thanks Mr. Johnson for taking the time to write this informative book! Additionally, Fredrick Davidson did an excellent job reading the text. I unhesitatingly recommend this audiobook!

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