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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 1 minute
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 22, 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002Q1IUPI
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Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Each of the twelve chapters takes a hot issue on which there is a wide range of disagreement in political and public life. The content (as well as the extensive list of sources he cites) can lead the curious reader to a more serious discussion of the issues, but the body of the book leans toward the polemical. In his defense of capitalism, critique of public education and unions, explanations of economics and the mortgage crisis, and other subjects, his listeners and others who are familiar with conservative and libertarian public policy will not necessarily find anything new here, but he puts it all together in an entertaining, simplified way.
This book is mostly for his fans. People who think they disagree with him would certainly do well to hear him out and reflect on his arguments, but they won't. I couldn't believe--actually, it wasn't surprising, just typical--the vitriol against him concerning his rally last weekend. Sharpton and his other critics all but called him out as a bigot, denouncing him loudly, but I never heard anyone say, "I disagree with Beck on the following points," with an engagement of his ideas.
If you like Beck, you'll love this book. If you don't, well, you might learn something. Be careful, though; he might just change your thinking!
I didn't get to listen to him often, but I remember being entertained.
So the other day I was shopping for Christmas presents and came across this audio book. What's another gift going to hurt? A gift to me, from me that is.
+ I found it to be very informative. The historical events presented were factual in nature. You can feel confident that your fact checking will line up.
+ I found his opinions to be informative as well. The evidence he uses (to base his opinions on) is solid.
+ It's full of Glenn's humor. I definitely laughed a bit.
+ This book has a great "independent" feel to it. It doesn't sound like partisan rubbish.
- I found a few portions of the book to be boring.
- There's a lot of information crammed into one book. Your brain might hurt a little.
- You probably won't enjoy it if you're a fan of big government.
The few portions I found to be boring were limited. In fact, I "read" this book in a record amount of time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think you will too.
**Also, if you're one of those people who's only heard negative things about Glenn Beck then you should definitely get this book. Judge for yourself and don't let others judge for you.**
If you're considering buying the Kindle edition, I would recommend going for the hardcover version instead. They've obviously expended a lot of effort on the graphical layout of the book, using sidebars and physical text arrangements to segregate some of the pieces of info from the main text. This just doesn't come through properly on the Kindle. You end up with main text interrupted by sidebar text and then continuing, sometimes on the next page. By the time you finish with the sidebar material you've likely lost track of what the main text was saying. In some spots there are several of these sidebars in a row and it becomes quite difficult to know if you're reading a sidebar or have transitioned back to the main text.
There is also fairly extensive use of graphics, which really do not come through well at all on the Kindle. Some of them are apparently in colors that are very low contrast when converted to the 16 gray levels available on the Kindle. These graphics are effectively illegible.
This is not meant to slam the book layout or even the people who did the conversion to the Kindle. I'm sure they did the best they could. There are some books that just don't lend themselves to ebook format (at least as it currently exists), and this is one of them.
I have the Kindle DX. I've not seen the book on a smaller Kindle, but I have to think the presentation would be even less readable.
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