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  • 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 157
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

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!

  • Witness

  • By: Whittaker Chambers
  • Narrated by: John MacDonald
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

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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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

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 41
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

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 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
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    4 out of 5 stars 24
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    4 out of 5 stars 24

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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    4 out of 5 stars 175
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

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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  • The World as Will And Idea, Volume 1

  • By: Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52
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    5 out of 5 stars 48
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Schopenhauer was just 30 when his magnum opus, Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung, a work of considerable learning and innovation of thought, first appeared in 1818.

Much to his chagrin and puzzlement (so convinced was he of its merits), it didn't have an immediate effect on European philosophy, views and culture. It was only decades later that it was recognised as one of the major intellectual landmarks of the 19th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to follow, better than today's fluff

  • By Gary on 04-04-17

Great Quality Audiobook

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Reviewed: 10-14-18

Though I freely give this audiobook 5 stars for both overall and performance, I am quite disappointed that Arthur Schopenhauer was devoid of Christianity. In his view, virtually any religion was fine; for all had their own peculiar merits.

Performance wise, Leighton Pugh did an outstanding job reading the text! Additionally, the German translation Ukemi used is excellent.

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  • Economics in One Lesson

  • By: Henry Hazlitt
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,705
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167

Called by H.L. Mencken, "one of the few economists in history who could really write," Henry Hazlitt achieved lasting fame for his brilliant but concise work. In it, he explains basic truths about economics and the economic fallacies responsible for unemployment, inflation, high taxes, and recession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New to Economics? Start here!

  • By Ferg Merkl on 10-12-07

Sound Economic Treatise

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Reviewed: 10-09-18

Henry Hazlitt provided a very valuable service to his fellow man when he wrote this book! The lay reader/listener will come away with an accurate, and almost complete understanding of economics.

I want to also mention that Jeff Riggenbach did an outstanding job reading the text.

  • Economics in Three Lessons and One Hundred Economics Laws

  • Two Works in One Volume
  • By: Hunter Lewis
  • Narrated by: Bruce Lorie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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This is a collection of two important economic audiobooks: Economics in Three Lessons and One Hundred Economic Laws

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent & Accessible!

  • By No to Statism on 10-08-18

Excellent & Accessible!

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Reviewed: 10-08-18

Hunter Lewis has written a wonderfully easy to understand economic treatise. Though the subject can be complicated, he clearly exerted effort to make it accessible to "the lay reader". Nevertheless, the more advanced student of economics, will find that Mr. Lewis is accurate and sound in his reasoning.

I want to also applaud Bruce Lorie for doing a terrific job reading the text!

  • Crony Capitalism in America: 2008-2012

  • By: Hunter Lewis
  • Narrated by: Bruce Lorie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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We see it everywhere: shady zoning regulations in a small town; taxpayer money diverted into political campaigns; deals that enrich the few at the expense of the many; billion-dollar bailouts; and much more. When private interests need a political favor, they know whom to call. When politicians need money, they also know whom to call. The people involved try to keep most of it concealed behind closed doors. This is the system that prevails in Russia after the fall of Communism. But increasingly it is America's system as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thorough Overview of Statist Cronyism!

  • By No to Statism on 10-07-18

Thorough Overview of Statist Cronyism!

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Reviewed: 10-07-18

In this thorough going book, Hunter Lewis does not "let up" on crony capitalists. It is well written, and borders on exhaustive. I am very grateful that he took the time to present this material!

The reading of the text by Bruce Lorie, was truly superbly done!