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Nino and Me

My Unusual Friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
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From legal expert and veteran author Bryan Garner comes a unique, intimate, and compelling memoir of his friendship with the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

For almost 30 years, Antonin Scalia was arguably the most influential and controversial Justice on the United States Supreme Court. His dynamic and witty writing devoted to the Constitution has influenced an entire generation of judges. Based on his reputation for using scathing language to criticize liberal court decisions, many people presumed Scalia to be gruff and irascible. But to those who knew him as "Nino", he was characterized by his warmth, charm, devotion, fierce intelligence, and loyalty.

Bryan Garner's friendship with Justice Scalia was instigated by celebrated writer David Foster Wallace and strengthened over their shared love of language. Despite their differing viewpoints on everything from gun control to the use of contractions, their literary and personal relationship flourished. Justice Scalia even officiated at Garner's wedding. In this humorous, touching, and surprisingly action-packed memoir, Garner gives a firsthand insight into the mind, habits, and faith of one of the most famous and misunderstood judges in the world.

©2018 Bryan A. Garner (P)2018 Tantor

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Captivating

Bryan Garner is a legal expert and legal author. It was their mutual interest in lexicology that brought about their long friendship. The book is Garner’s memoir of the friendship between himself Antonin Scalia (1936-2016).

The book is well written. The prose is great as is the wit. Garner provides some first-hand insight into the mind and habits of Scalia. He also shows the humorous side of Scalia, as well as his quick temper. The book is a delight to read and provides some good laughs. I most enjoyed the section about how he and Scalia worked together writing books. He covered this in complete detail including arguments they had about grammar. I learned some key points in the discussion they had about textualism while writing their second book. I may not have agreed with all of Scalia’s viewpoints, but I do find him to be a complex and fascinating man and am eager to learn more about him.

The book is fifteen hours and eight minutes. David Colacci does an excellent job narrating the book. Colacci is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is one of my favorite narrators.

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We need more of Bryan Garner's books on Audible!

Outstanding book. By the end I was invested in both of the main characters, and felt like I was along for the ride for this personal journey with Justice Scalia. Obviously very well written, as one would expect from a Snoot like Mr. Garner.

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Exceptional

Mr. Garner has written a true masterpiece of friendship.
His ability as a writer

tells a touching tale of two equals in friendship and describes the wonderful collaboration that occurs when competitive allies play to each other's strengths and the whole is greater than the parts.There is no greater honor than to be acknowledged as a friend.

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Excellent Book!

Well written and well read (at 1.2 times normal speed). I look forward to reading (more likely listening to) their co-authored books.