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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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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.

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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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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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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

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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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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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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.

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gorgeous narration, beautiful reasoning

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

analysis of law, no world mafia

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

the discussion of Finland and the mafia

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

better, cleaner. more pure

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

international law: the final analysis

Any additional comments?

brilliant, listened to it four times