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Clinton

Birmingham, AL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • CatoAudio, 12-Month Subscription

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
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    (9)
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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.

    Clinton says: "Actual intelligent discussion of current events"
    "Actual intelligent discussion of current events"
    Overall

    Yes, believe it or not, there is a refuge from the partisan rhetoric of the Democrats and Republicans. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank devoted to the proposition that the government should stay out of your bedroom and out of your wallet, to the greatest extent possible. This is the notion on which our country was founded, though modern politicians and pundits tend to forget that. I have found the discussions and lecture excerpts on Cato Audio to be both interesting and informative. The only drawback is that they leave me angry with both the Republicans and the Democrats. I think that if you listen to a few of these, you will agree that most Americans are actually Libertarians, even if they don't yet know it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5264)
    Performance
    (2612)
    Story
    (2664)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Still stunning"
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    Where does Snow Crash rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    naturally, the skateboarding pizza delivery girl and heroine


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes, and because this book is so good, Davis's performance seems much better. Or perhaps he likes reading this book, too!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    several


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone old enough to remember life before the internet, this book described what we would come to know as the World Wide Web. Technically, the WWW predated the book by a couple years, but the public was almost completely unaware of the Web when the book was published in 1992 - I certainly was! I don't want to give too much away, but let's just say that as with any great SciFi (or whatever genre Stephenson may be) writer, the technologists (black and white hats alike) are still working to make his visions a reality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21283)
    Performance
    (12776)
    Story
    (12903)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "surprisingly wonderful"
    Overall

    I think I had heard of Ender's Game before I bought it, but maybe that's just 20/20 hindsight. It was fabulous! A great novel, scifi or not - and I like scifi, so it was particularly terrific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5955)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (537)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Fascinating!"
    Overall

    As the authors point out in advance, there is no unifying theme among the studies discussed in the book, except that they all demonstrate Levitt's genius. The data he analyzes seems meticulously gathered, and his conclusions are sound, in part because he is careful not to claim too much. Too many "experts" claim to know more than they do, and end up deceiving the American people. Levitt is refreshingly honest about his research and results.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CatoAudio, 1-Month Subscription

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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"
    "Actual, intelligent discussion of current events"
    Overall

    Yes, believe it or not, there is a refuge from the partisan rhetoric of the Democrats and Republicans. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank devoted to the proposition that the government should stay out of your bedroom and out of your wallet to the greatest extent possible. This is the notion on which our country was founded, even if modern politicians and pundits tend to forget that. I have found the discussions and lecture excerpts on Cato Audio to be both interesting and informative. The only drawback is that they leave me angry with both the Republicans and the Democrats. I think that if you listen to a few of these, you will agree that most Americans are actually Libertarians, even if they don't yet know it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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