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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: June 15, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003S830JO
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However, about half way through (and I will not give away any spoilers) Beck starts to put the first half of the book together in a way that made me understand what he was doing. It really starts to get good. The last half was a complete page turner for me.
Also, make sure to read the afterward at the end of the book. It was interesting to know how much fact was in the book. He also discusses how facts can be twisted (even by conservatives). IE, not all the conservative spiels in the book are what Glenn himself believes.
Overall, I was very happy I read it.
I knew very little about Glenn Beck before I purchased this book. Of course I had heard his name, and that he was a radio personality, but that's about it. I read a little about him before beginning the book, learning that he is a "conservative libertarian." With that being said, it didn't really matter to me, a good book is a good book, no matter the political implications or insinuations.
About the book: The plot was weak, it could have used a lot less quoting and preaching and a lot more character development and background. I found myself being thrown into a whole lot of speeches and little narrative or story development.
The original character descriptions were good, but I found myself wanting to know more about them, who they were really, where they came from, and what they were thinking. The protagonist of this story was the only character that was explored deeper than a name, physical description, and a little about their backgrounds. I wanted to know more about them ESPECIALLY what they were thinking.
The writing was a little below average. Mr. Beck just isn't that good of a story teller, I found myself drifting through the quotes and preaching, wanting them to be over so the story could continue...which it never really did. There was never a climax in the story, and the ending left a lot to be desired.
You would have expected to learn a lot more of the elder Mr.Read more ›
Based on the striking cover alone, I was expecting it to be about a big-government dystopia. In actuality, it is about the run up to the same. If you're a fan of Glenn's, that sounds like a good story in theory.
In practice, though, I'm sorry to admit that Glenn's (or the author(s) ghosting as Glenn) narrative style fails to engage. Specifically, the mechanics of "show, don't tell" are wontonly discarded. Large portions of this book consist of characters giving speeches. Soliloquies, really. The villain rants about his philosophy at length in his board room to a captive audience. The protagonist and his newfound friends deliver long speeches about their own philosophies at a rally, literally on stage. It's painful to be reading a story while actively cringing at how hamhanded an approach the author is taking in using these cheap shortcuts. It's a political story that wants to have big ideas, true, but it still needs to function foremost as a story.
My other gripe is the romance that develops between the protagonist and the opinionated constituationalist he falls for. While there is a twist to this subplot, the mushiness that the writer employs in describing their relationship is cliche.
The book does have something to recommend it, though.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In the political climate that we live in today, the book was very enlightening without scaring me to death. Am I more aware? Yes. More skeptical of every news story I hear? Read morePublished 13 days ago by SUSAN B. ELLIOTT
Glenn is a writer that makes you really think about the real world around you and to take a good look at your roll in it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pamela A. Bogdan
In my household my wife is a much and quicker reader than I am and so our opinions differ, I find Beck to be monotonous and bashing, my wife on the other hand, finds him more... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Al Vielma
I have to admit, I was not expecting this book to be as good as it was. Glenn Beck has a very fluid writing style and tells this story through the eyes of a surprisingly relatable... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Erin Miller
Great book. Need more like it. I'd like to know about other Christian novels like thisPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not what I had hoped
Looked for something with a tad more guts in the story