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Ameritopia

By: Mark R. R. Levin
Narrated by: Adam Grupper,Mark R. Levin
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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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Great book deserved better audio production

I gather that this audiobook was rushed out the door, which is a shame. I hope someday they can re-record it with Mark Levin doing the intro with the kind of passion and emphasis that he gives his radio audience. He read it very quickly, in a bit of a monotone. Then the other narrator takes over, but it's very hard to catch the difference between the lengthy quoted passages, and Mark's own words. May I suggest a third narrator take over for the quotes? Like Richard Dawkins did in his recent books? Much easier on the ear, and easier to keep straight. Performance aside, this is a stunning book which makes clear the evil philosophies that have led us down the rat hole of statism. I recommend it to anyone who wants to flesh out the theoretical underpinnings of modern conservatism and libertarianism.

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Man's basic nature : Liberty

In this book, Mark Levins reiterates the goals of our founding fathers when they gathered to write the constitution and form our unique brand of American democracy. By tracing patterns of thought by the greatest thinkers of the western world, Levin clearly explains the flaws of logic and lack of appreciation for man's true human nature that have led to the 'group think' socialistic aspects unduly praised today by popular culture.

This book gives a logical explanation of where conservative ideals originate and how their simple goal for all men to pursue happiness in liberty has become corrupted since World War I. Levin's book describes how a socialist strain of 'do-good'ing that has turned our government into a "Nanny State." The goals of which run counter to individual freedoms, daily liberty and pursuits of prosperity.

The negative spin put on the desire of conservatives to keep government out of our daily lives is a disingenuous, but rampant criticism in today's culture. This book lists point by point historical evidence that the socialist characteristics of government, praised by liberals as humanitarian, have the effect of strangling individual self determination and is therefore detrimental to the American way of life.
Levin's book ignited a new interest in the Constitution in me as he explained the origins of political and economic conservatives' desire to keep Americans free of tyranny. I'm not certain how a liberal-leaning American would accept the premises raised by Levin. But I found his arguments compelling, if not sad. By this account, we have strayed a long way from what our founding fathers envisioned.

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poor quality reading (audio book only); content+++

What did you love best about Ameritopia?

all the content is excellent, info that should be familiar to schoolchildren, should be taught to all school kids. I wish I had had ANY of this content taught to me in the 1960s and 1970s. People simply don't know much of this stuff.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Adam Grupper and Mark R. Levin ?

This is the problem area. Adam's voice drones on like a computer synthesized voice. The worst part is being able to determine )or not) whose voice Adam is reading. Is he reading a quotation of another author, or Mark's own words?

I guess it doesn't matter so much WHO reads it, as long as that differentiation can be discerned. A good way improve that would be... to use one male and one female reader when male/female quotes are being read, reserving Mark's words for the main narrator.

This is only real point I care to make (improve the narration). The subject matter is very dry, and it's slow on the uptake, good (or substandard) reading matters more than usual, perhaps. All the ways people expressed their thought in past centuries or past millennia even, their writings take more attention or energy to fully appreciate.

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An Amazing Book but please update the audio

Would you listen to Ameritopia again? Why?

Great information but it is read in a monotone voice by levin and the other narator. Non of the passion in the radio show. Great info but please read it better.

What did you like best about this story?

Great illumination on how the world works. Idea wise I would rate it as A++

Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Grupper and Mark R. Levin ’s performances?

Nope because I think the narration ruined the book. I can't read any more because of my eyes but I might have to bribe a friend to make a recoding for me.

If you could give Ameritopia a new subtitle, what would it be?

How Utopias don't work :)

Any additional comments?

Can they please redo this audio? I would buy a better version again.

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Levin nails it

In this book, Levin describes very clearly the philosophical sources of the ideology/utopianism that is driving the destruction of capitalism, free markets, individual liberty, and private property rights in our country and elsewhere today. "Statists", "Liberals", "Progressives", "Socialists", and "Communists" will not appreciate the way Levin lays plain the historical failures of their ideal societal models, either by their inevitable descent into totalitarian regimes, or by economic unsustainability. Beyond that, Levin describes very clearly the philosophical sources for the natural morality of capitalism, free markets, and individual liberty that led to the development of our Declaration of Independence and US Constitution.

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Important Information for Saving America

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

vital
necessary
timely

What other book might you compare Ameritopia to and why?

Liberty and Tyranny - both books explain how leftists have been destroying America, and why Americans must return to our founding principles enshrined in the amended constitution.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narration was dry, but did not deter from the importance of the material.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book encouraged me to defend liberty.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this important material, and defend liberty against totalitarians.

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Levin Does It Again!

If you liked Liberty & Tyranny, you will LOVE this book. Mark does an amazing job of condensing some pretty complex subject matter into understandable, thought-provoking, meaningful, and enlightening bits of insight and wisdom. Along with being one of the greatest thinkers of our time, Mark is a great communicator. While Adam Grupper did a great job with the narration, Mark's delivery is so much more compelling. I wish he read the whole book.

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Excellent book with very in-depth facts, history.

As always, Mark Levin authored an excellent book with very in-depth facts and historical perspective in it. His books are always extremely educational and eye-opening with all the details he writes about. He cites many historical examples from the past to the present to back up his research and conclusions.

Mark Levin is the most knowledgeable conservative and US constitutional legal scholar in the world. I would recommend this book to anyone who cares about the direction of where America is going and what's happening in our goverment and politics today.

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Best conservative book out there

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

Everyone should recommend this audiobook it will give you a solid understanding of our nation.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I had always known that stateism was a prevailing ailment of our county but never had a strong grasp of just how far back the usurpation of liberty went.

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How do the establishment think about you.

What did you love best about Ameritopia?

What a history lesson about the people past and present who would tell me how to live my life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Plato. He gave great thought, time and effort to explain just how stupid and retarded I am.

Any additional comments?

This book solidified my understanding of how the progressive would like to control my life verses what the Constitution allows the federal government to do. The contrast is stunning and makes me afraid for, not me, but my son, daughter-in-law and three young grandchildren. I am very afraid for them.

If you do not understand what the enemy wants to do to you, you cannot defend yourself against them. The result is tyranny or liberty.

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