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#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

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  • Christine
  • Millersville, PA, United States
  • 01-26-12

Ameritopia: The Term Paper from Hell

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who wants large sections of classic works read to them.

If you’ve listened to books by Mark R. Levin before, how does this one compare?

Not well. I could not find very much original material here.

What aspect of Adam Grupper and Mark R. Levin ’s performance would you have changed?

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.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ameritopia?

The first 14 chapters

Any additional comments?

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,

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  • Jay
  • Silverton, OR, United States
  • 12-22-12

I was really hoping I would enjoy this book more

Would you try another book from Mark R. Levin and/or Adam Grupper and Mark R. Levin ?

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.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Adam Grupper and Mark R. Levin ?

Maybe

Could you see Ameritopia being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Never, it's just not that kind of book

Any additional comments?

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).

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  • John
  • Las Cruces, NM, United States
  • 05-14-12

GREAT BOOK

If you could sum up Ameritopia in three words, what would they be?

Great book, audio lacked I think they could have gotten a better reader.

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Ameritopia

What did you like best about Ameritopia? What did you like least?

Concepts

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not surprised

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Hard to listen to him.

Did Ameritopia inspire you to do anything?

Yes, Vote for anybody but the left

Any additional comments?

Good work!

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  • Nick
  • Jacksonville, FL, United States
  • 03-29-12

Narrator needs to give Levin a refund

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.

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Ameritopia - A Compilation of Philosy on Economics

What did you like best about Ameritopia? What did you like least?

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.

Did Adam Grupper and Mark R. Levin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I wished there were more words from Mark R. Levin.

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  • Susan
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 01-24-12

Savor this one a little at a time

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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  • stephen
  • Spartanburg, SC, United States
  • 01-19-12

A must read for every American!

Mark Levin has made his book extremely informative while making it a breeze to listen to. Levin takes his readers (listeners for the audio book crowd) through an informative journey of what the trouble(s) with trying to build a Utopian society is. Levin also shows how by living constitutionally through the founding fathers example we can restore America to the great society earlier generations enjoyed and so that future and current generations may benefit and prosper as well.

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Horrable Egotistical dribble

Would you try another book from Mark R. Levin and/or Adam Grupper and Mark R. Levin ?

No. What he had to say was lost in his own egotistical pontification that could only appeal to political snobs who had nothing better to do than hear themselves talk.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark R. Levin again?

No. I would rather hear my ex-wife whine, bitch and moan than be talked down to.

How could the performance have been better?

He could have made his point in clear language that apealed to a moral base rather than an egotistical rant. It was anoying.

What character would you cut from Ameritopia?

Mark Lavin

Any additional comments?

Mark is smart .....but instead of brining it home........he goes off ...wildly off......and simply lost his audience before anyone had the patience for him to come back.

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  • Arthur
  • Mountain View, US, Canada
  • 07-23-12

A waste of time

The author attempts to cite history to support his extreme views. He sets up straw men to represent others views and tears them down to support his own bias. He makes no convincing arguments to make his cause. I listened to the whole thing but found it to be the worst book I've read or listened to in a long time.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful