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Do you have questions about the libertarian philosophy? Do you want to explain it to family and friends in a short but compelling way? Do you want examples of how liberty works in the real world rather than just an ivory-tower theory?

In Short Answers to the Tough Questions, Dr. Ruwart has compiled hundreds of questions and her short, succinct answers from her 15-year web column with The Advocates for Self-Government.

Short Answers is a great resource for libertarians, candidates, and those who are exploring what libertarianism is all about. Dr. Ruwart's award-winning book, Healing Our World, which is available on Amazon, makes a great complement to this audiobook.

©2012 SunStar Press (P)2015 Listen and Think Audio

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  • CFC
  • Los Angeles
  • 05-16-16

A direct and honest approach for Libertarian answe

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if they wanted to know more about the Libertarian ideals, as I did.

What did you like best about this story?

The question and answer format works in terms of organizing the vast material (from animal rights to gun control and every issue in between.) The narrator, too, was an asset to the material.

What about Marie Rose’s performance did you like?

Her voice. Intelligent and warm. Her narration flows excellently with a smile in her tone. It's arresting to listen to and I never got tired of it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I listened in sections, on my morning commute.

Any additional comments?

A well done audiobook and I learned a lot. I didn't agree with all in it but I could see the reasonable theory behind almost all of the issue as discussed in the book. I'm glad I got it - it widened my understanding about what the word "Libertarian" really means.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jack
  • Los Angeles
  • 09-28-15

A very well narratred primer of libertarian ideals

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, any of my politically-minded friends who are Independents, some Republicans, and Libertarians would find this to be an excellent audiobook. I would also recommend it to the political novice seeking more information about liberty and politics. I don't think Democrats would particularly agree with the vision in this work, however. The audiobook offers a wealth of information and good insights on virtually all topics as to how we could approach our lives, civic relationships, and government with a libertarian This audiobook lays out very clear, very accessible information about what Libertarians actually believe, from the source, with grace and even some humor. There are also roadmaps offered for how to practice more libertarian lifestyles, although some of it seems difficult to achieve unless EVERYONE is on board with this philosophy.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed listening to the Questions and Answers at a good pace, not to slow and not to fast. The narrator's voice is perfect for this and she kept my attention throughout the listen. I was a little sorry when it was over because her tones are soothing and also interesting to the ear.

What does Marie Rose bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have listened to this narrator in other books and this is a departure for her in terms of the non-fiction subject matter. But Marie Rose's inflection was spot on and gave off just the right vibe - friendly, knowledgeable, not preachy, not hard sell. She conveyed the subject matter in a sensible, light and pleasant way that didn't come off as bossy or argumentative. When people discuss politics they can be sometimes condescending, but the narrator thankfully avoided being heavy-handed with the political opinions in the book.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I learned a lot more about Libertarianism from listening than I ever thought I would. The notions that Libertarians have on animal rights and animal conservation, for example, was not something I had thought about before. I'm still digesting all of the thoughts and information in this book; it definitely gave me not just food, but a whole banquet for thought.

Any additional comments?

I was given this audiobook in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States
  • 04-19-17

The book we all need

One of the biggest problems in spreading Libertarian ideas is they are often counterintuitive. This book give short answers to address most of the common questions we get when promoting liberty.

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good one

maybe not the book for swaying a non libertarian but a great rescource for existing or those wishing to learn more. not representative of all libertarians which author points out. the performance was good but given the subject matter it may come off snudy to some.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Justin
  • Algonquin, IL
  • 11-02-15

More of the same

Would you listen to Short Answers to the Tough Questions: How to Answer the Questions Libertarians Are Often Asked again? Why?

No. I got everything I needed the first time.

Would you recommend Short Answers to the Tough Questions: How to Answer the Questions Libertarians Are Often Asked to your friends? Why or why not?

If I ever encounter a person with burning questions about Libertarians - sure.

What does Marie Rose bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She narrated the book in a clear unaccented way I enjoy. I am a fan of narrators that do not embellish or "interpret" what they are reading. She does an excellent job delivering the content in a smooth and relaxed voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

What does this question even mean? It is 8 hours and 17 minutes long. I have listened to a book in a day, but there were interruptions. This book was a bit beyond my interests for me to listen to in one sitting. Also, I received the book for free so I could review it. And I can honestly say it's hot stuff if you are a Libertarian, but I am not. I think I am a Scorpio, or at the very least a person who takes beliefs and politics serious enough not to form an opinion after one book.

Any additional comments?

I would have found the book more engaging with a primer on Libertarianism. I would at least like to know a basic history and a few interesting characters. This whole subject was a bit of a head scratcher. I remember being enthralled by the subject a five years ago, but now it just feels naive. When I was in my early twenties I read Atlas Shrugged and thought it was amazing. Now I am more interested in how real people deal with real life.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great guide for spreading the ideas of liberty!

After finishing this book you will be better prepared to confidently respond to challenges to libertarianism in a well reasoned manner.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • EP
  • Walnut Creek, CA United States
  • 01-18-16

The "Good Neighbor" Philosophy

Would you consider the audio edition of Short Answers to the Tough Questions: How to Answer the Questions Libertarians Are Often Asked to be better than the print version?

Probably, because I don't have the print version. It was easy and pleasant to listen to, though. In fact, it was a very enjoyable "read" (listen)-the writer definitely put forth a powerful argument on the benefits of Libertarianism! The only part that was a stretch for me were the answers on Fascism and Terrorism-I think they might be a bit unrealistic

What other book might you compare Short Answers to the Tough Questions: How to Answer the Questions Libertarians Are Often Asked to and why?

I'm not sure, as this was a one-of-a-kind book!

Have you listened to any of Marie Rose’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No-this was my first

If you could give Short Answers to the Tough Questions: How to Answer the Questions Libertarians Are Often Asked a new subtitle, what would it be?

An Argument for Libertarianism

Any additional comments?

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Informative but repetitive

This book is great for what it is and I enjoyed listening to it. My only real gripe is the author using the same examples in multiple questions and that made it easy to lose focus on the original questions asked while I was driving. I have a feeling this is more of a problem with the medium of audiobooks than it would have been if I read it.

All in all, this is a great resource for learning how to boil down some of the hard to explain philosophical points of libertarianism into digestible sound bites. 8/10 would listen again

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  • Philip
  • Ann Arbor, MI, United States
  • 03-06-17

Good story, kindergarten voice narration

Good story, kindergarten voice narration. The narrator tells the story with a smile and occasional giggles.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good content but robotic sounding narration

Very well thought out answers for the most part. There were only a handful of answers I felt were glazed over. I am an experienced student to the philosophy of Anarchy and I did enjoy the book. I would recommend it to anyone trying to become more confidant in answering the questions freedom minded individuals get bombarded with.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful