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I'm just through the Introduction and can't believe how funny, insightful and provocative Steyn is. Not going to matter if Martha's Vineyard is under water if we're living in a bankrupt, Sharia-ruled country. Good to read an author who understands that losing in Iraq is not an option.
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I like the content of the book--you have to be interested in a conservative analysis of the middle east and current affairs. Steyn displays great breadth in his scholarship, skipping around effortlessly between Greek philosophers, Shakespeare, and contemporary pundits. His acerbic wit is hilarious; as readers we'd laugh a good deal harder if our own demise wasn't the butt of the joke.
The problem I have with the audiobook is the narration: monotone, pedantic, and hardly ever seeming to "get" Steyn's humor. I miss Steyn's Aussie accent, which can carry sarcasm like the British do without really offending because it all sounds so--jovial and good natured. This narrator sounds merely ponderous, without any of the lightness the language demands. He has this really annoying practice of ending sentences with an ascending tone, like he's asking a question when he's not. Completely affected!! I think it's a book that's more enjoyable read rather than heard, at least in this rendition.
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I already had a copy of this book in paperback but I bought the audio version as well for the pleasure of listening to what I already knew to be a superb book. Steyn's "America Alone" (along with its companion piece After America) is one of the essential books of the last decade. Everyone should read this book, especially those who would wish to disagree with it. Both funny and truthful, it says so many of the things which need to be said but which are usually smothered in silence due to fear of political censure. Steyn turns a searchlight of truth upon the realities of contemporary western society and reveals just how self-destructive ideological correctness has been, and will continue to be in the future as its unplanned consequences play out. The book is a few years old now but it's still as relevant as ever. If you haven't read (or listened to) this book yet, buy it.
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What made the experience of listening to America Alone the most enjoyable?
Steyn's writing is always interesting.
What did you like best about this story?
Plenty of facts to ponder.
Have you listened to any of Brian Emerson’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No. To be honest, I would have preferred Steyn to read his own book
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I was left feeling somewhat uneasy about the political future of the USA, and Europe. Any one who likes their ideas to be challenged would find this an interesting read. Perhaps not the very best of Steyn, but superior to many political writers today.
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