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Karen Loewenstern

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Colorado | Member Since 2003

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  • Lay Down My Sword and Shield

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (345)

    Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney Hackberry Holland yields to the myriad urgings of his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends to make a bid for a congressional seat - and finds himself embroiled in the seamy world of Texas powerbrokers.

    Cat F. says: "The Publisher's Summary is Anemic"
    "A good book, not his best"
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    I love Burke, but I don't think this is quite a good as the others I have listened to. It starts out a little slowly, but then speeds up and has a great ending. Will Patton is terrific as always.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2688)
    Performance
    (2316)
    Story
    (2332)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Exciting, fast paced,."
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    What made the experience of listening to Six Years the most enjoyable?

    Jake Fisher's fight and flight scenes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake Fisher because he was tough and smart. But a bit too obsessed with Natalie.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have a different reader. I find Scott Brick too slow and dramatic. I had to listen to the book at 1.25 or 1.5 speed most of the time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The fight scenes were very exciting.


    Any additional comments?

    It seemed like the author had to add a lot of unnecessary detail to make the story book length.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aunts Aren't Gentlemen

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (124)

    On doctor's orders, Bertie Wooster retires to sample the bucolic delights of Maiden Eggesford. But his idyll is rudely shattered by Aunt Dahlia who wants him to nobble a racehorse. Similar blots on Bertie's horizon come in the shape of Major Plank, the African explorer, Vanessa Cook, proud beauty and 'moulder of men', and Orlo Porter, who seems to have nothing else to do but to think of sundering Bertie's head from his body.

    Charla says: "Always entertaining! Excellent Narration"
    "Another funny Wodehouse book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this and all of the Wodehouse books to friends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bertie Wooster is such a wonderful horse's rear end, but hasn't a clue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Bertie's trying to return the cat that he had stolen.


    If you could rename Aunts Aren't Gentlemen, what would you call it?

    Wooster has cat problems


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the english accent of the narrator. Wodehouse's use of the english language for Bertie's telling the story is perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (429)

    As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

    Cynthia says: "Masterful Story-tel!ing & Great Narration!"
    "Great blast at Miami life, could use less detail"
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    Cubans, Haitians, Russians, Anglos, old Jews, Art Basel, modern art in Miami. Wolfe blasts them all in his inimitable style. But it seems like he filled the book with more detail than is needed; in order to make the book longer?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr g: A Novel about the Creation

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alan Lightman
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    “As I remember, I had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe.” So begins Alan Lightman’s playful and profound new novel, Mr. g, the story of Creation as narrated by God. Bored with living in the shimmering Void with his bickering Uncle Deva and Aunt Penelope, Mr. g creates time, space, and matter - then moves on to stars, planets, consciousness, and finally intelligent beings with moral dilemmas.

    Diane says: "The Universe: A Fable"
    "Good first half of the book"
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    Performance
    Story

    I quit listening about half way through the book. It started very well, but then I lost interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Man in Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    A riveting story of money and power, luxury and deprivation, set in the booming city of Mumbai. At the heart of this novel are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown. Real-estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a building named the Shanghai, which promises to be one of the city’s most elite addresses. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in a retired schoolteacher called Masterji.

    Cariola says: "Witty, Sad, Outrageous"
    "Modern life in India, the good and the not so good"
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    I loved the story, and the narration. I was a little put off by the indian accent at first, but then really enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4251)
    Performance
    (1736)
    Story
    (1755)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jay says: "Informative and Engaging"
    "A book for everone"
    Overall

    This is an amazing book. It is about the few guys who figured out that the crash was coming and how to make a lot of money from it. All the the people are such unusual characters. A fabulous listen; never a dull moment. You don't have to be in the financial business to enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inimitable Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (165)

    Wodehouse weaves his wit through a wide collection of terrifying aunts, miserly uncles, love-sick friends, and unwanted fiancés. Bertie gets into a bit of trouble when one of his pals, Bingo Little, starts to fall in love with every second girl he lays his eyes on. But the soup gets really thick when Bingo decides to marry one of them and enlists Bertie's help. Luckily, he has the inimitable Jeeves to pull him out of it.

    Kate says: "Brilliant!"
    "Funny, Funny, Funny"
    Overall

    Another great Jeeves book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate Latitudes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1424)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (543)

    The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

    Eva Gannon says: "Perhaps An Early Work?"
    "Boring book"
    Overall

    I quit listening after about 1/3 of the book. It moves very slowly.
    The Master and Commander series by Patrick O'Brian are much better books with similar themes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stamboul Train

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    Aboard the Orient Express as it heads across Europe towards Constantinople, a relationship develops between Carleton Myatt and Coral Musker, a naive English chorus girl. Around them a web of espionage, murder and lies twist in this spy thriller.

    Darwin8u says: "Poignance and Power on the Orient Express"
    "Great thriller from the 30's"
    Overall

    I loved this book, and the narration. It gives you a good feel for Europe in the late 20's and early 30's.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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