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I am a political junkie and the US Constitution is particularly interesting and important to me. I feel very strongly that the Bill of Rights is an important part of what defines the US democracy so I was thrilled to see a series of lectures about the first amendment.
Professor Finn clearly knows his material very well and has a good sense of humor.
With that said, he tries to cover too much material in the amount of time allotted for each lecture. As a result, he ends up raising an important question or issue, citing the case and the decision and reading (some times at length) from the court's decision & the Justice's opinions.
What he does not do, but would have made this a five star listen, is to take some time to "decode" the extremely thick, legal comments made by the judges into "plain English." I would have liked to hear him say something like, "so, what Justice so and so is stating is that Free Speech can be restrict if and when."
I found myself rewinding a lot because the material is so densely packed. Worth checking out if you like to listen hard and pay attention to your books (or lectures). Do not buy it if you want to space out and absorb.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
Simplify it by presenting a clear outline then, point by point, explaining the particular point and giving one or two simple examples. While not a simple topic, Prof. Finn presents it as though addressing a Law School audience. Audible needs (and has) a wider audience who should hear this material.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Glad it was over.
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