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Michael Burton

San Diego, Ca | Member Since 2000

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  • CatoAudio, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (1 hr and 14 mins)
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    CatoAudio puts you right in the middle of the important policy debates going on in Washington. This 60-minute audio magazine features inspiring discussions from well-known intellectuals, pundits, political leaders and Cato scholars. Previous recordings have included Milton Friedman, Hernando de Soto, Anne Applebaum, Alan Greenspan, P. J. O'Rourke, and Steve Forbes. From a libertarian view of limited government, free markets, and civil society, CatoAudio is your window to the ideas of freedom.

    Tobin says: "Great If You're a Libertarian"
    "Think Tank"
    Overall

    Fed up with lack of objectivity at the New York Times, CNN, and Fox. Shoddy reporting has become all to common, leading to mini-scandals at major outlets. UPI stories purporting to be news, reading more like op-ed pieces. Heaven forbid somebody should actually think about, and analyze a topic. Cato has its own bias ... towards individual freedom (with the expected caveat ... not at the expense of others freedoms). Yes, it's an overly simplistic summary of a complex position, but this is a review, not a philosophical treatise. As expected, some of the articles will offend liberals, some will offend conservatives, and some will offend both. Most topics cut rather short. Definitely disagreed with some analysis ... but found it very interesting, nonetheless.

    26 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Cowboy and the Cossack: A Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscovery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Clair Huffaker
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (51)
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    Fifteen Montana cowboys and 500 longhorns are embarking on a one-of-a-kind Wild West adventure: a cattle drive across 1,000 miles of Siberia. The clash of cultures between East and West, American six shooter and Russian saber, begins immediately when a band of Cossacks arrives to escort them to their destination. Cowboys and Cossacks must work together or they’ll never survive the journey, which includes a meeting with the warrior Genghis Kharlagawl and his army of bloodthirsty Tartars.

    Marie says: "A timeless classic"
    "Excellent!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cowboy and the Cossack the most enjoyable?

    Wonderful surprise to see this come out in audio format. Buccaneer press re-released this a few years back, in a library edition, and was happy to replace my lost paperback edition. The audio edition was a great way to reread it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Courage, danger, humor, growth. A coming of age story, for a younger member of the cattle drive.
    There's a reason they made several of Huffaker's books into movies ... they have the ethic, and spirit you expect in a classic western.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1050)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Nicely done. Best narration available"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great series, that was dying for an Audible update. For any fan of the harboiled genre, with an extra touch of wit, and homespun philosophy.


    Any additional comments?

    Best of the 3 narrators I've heard. Darren McGavin was previously my favorite, but ... a bit over-dramatic for my taste, and I only found an abridged version of McGavin, and a very scratchy version of the other narrator's unabridged recordings, so this new version wins on multiple counts. Gave the narrator only 4 stars, because ... have to leave room for the 5 star narrators ... like Patrick Tull. As far as the story ... you'll either love McGee ... or you won't. Obviously, I love the series, and look forward to the chance for another re-read, this time not only in audio format, but with the audio quality of Audible's format ... a far cry from my old cassette versions.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Flashman and the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (87)
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    (26)
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    Flashman is back! When the memoirs of Sir Harry Flashman, the celebrated Victorian soldier and scoundrel, first came to light 30 years ago, we were introduced to adventures related with verve, dash, and meticulous historical detail. Now come three new episodes in the career of this eminent and disreputable adventurer.

    Michael Burton says: "But I hate Anti-heroes!?"
    "But I hate Anti-heroes!?"
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    A wondrous exception! An imaginative dash thru historical situations makes for an amazingly fast paced, humorous read. Took a few minutes to get used to the readers pace, and tone, but after that, really liked him, also. Not for the prudish, but sexual situations are well written, and in good fun, not some sort of thrown in appeal to teenage prurient interest. Check out Amazon for reviews of the author's other Flashman novels. Can only pray they will add his other Flashman books. Perhaps not Fraser's best, but excellent nonetheless. More humor than the O'Brian books, and as good, in their own way.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Anti-Americanism

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jean-Francois Revel
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
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    (34)
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    Angered by assaults on a nation he knows and admires, the distinguished French intellectual Jean-Francois Revel has come to America's defense in Anti-Americanism, a biting and erudite book that, paradoxically, given his country's especially vehement attack on the U.S., spent several weeks last year at the top of France's best seller list.

    Brett says: "Required listening"
    "Informative"
    Overall

    Nicely done. Explains why this is not a recent issue, but rather part of a long term pattern. Draws together pieces that have been exposed elsewhere, and creates a well put together, nicely paced book. Well narrated, as well.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
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    In a stunning follow-up to her number one best seller Slander, leading conservative pundit Ann Coulter contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue, from the fight against Communism at home and abroad, the Nixon and the Clinton presidencies, and the struggle with the Soviet empire right up to today's war on terrorism.

    Mark says: "A bizarre phenomenon"
    "Refreshing"
    Overall

    If not for the plethora of liberal choices available, I'd have to complain of the one sided arguments. As it is, I've heard the other side often enough, to supply my own filters. Coulter provides the other viewpoint, in a compact, entertaining manner. Some very damning stuff. Occasionally nears simple namecalling, but considering the opposition's tactics, hard to hold it against her. It is, after all, a piece of popular non-fiction.

    19 of 26 people found this review helpful

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