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S.

HOUSTON, TX, United States

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  • The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator), Agnete Friis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (416)

    Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend, Karin, leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet.

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "Fantastic thriller!"
    "Well crafted suspense played out in a new environm"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Boy in the Suitcase to be better than the print version?

    Exceptionally rendered story in which exactly the right amount of information is given at each stage to build incredible suspense. I have been a passionate reader for 50 years, so that often I can guess plot development and resolutions. This novel kept me guessing!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1720)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1352)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Extraordinary story and brilliant narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to Rules of Civility the most enjoyable?

    The richnes of the vocabulary, the masterful suspense, the deep morsels of wisdom.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katy. Her power of observation of telling details of body language, manners and customs. Especially, because she kept an ongoing comparison of these as they are lived in the higher strata of society and at the level of the middle class.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Lowman – was your favorite?

    Katy. Rebecca Lowman achieved a rare marvel of comming across as I would imagine the character, with her background and personality to sound.

    Her voices for ALL the other characters is incredible. She created a singular voice for each person, which brought across age, gender, status and approach to life.


    Who was the most memorable character of Rules of Civility and why?

    Katy. For her premature wisdom of realizing how we are each born with certain gifts or characteristics and the choice of what to do with them. Then a few years ahead in life there are a few moments when some unusual oportunities present themselves to us. And it is up to us to be ready, to recognize them as crossroads and make decisions which will affect the rest of our lives.


    Any additional comments?

    For me it is the best book I have read in the past 5 years and I would nominate Rebecca Lowman for Best Reader 2011.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christos Tsiolkas
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Isaac, a young Australian photographer, is travelling through Europe. His whole life he has longed for the sophistication and wealth of the Europe of his father’s stories, the Europe at the centre of civilisation and culture. But behind the facade of a unified and globalised contemporary society, he finds a history blasted wasteland, a place forever condemned by the ghosts of its unspeakable past. Dead Europe is an unsettling ghost story about blood lust, blood libel, and blood revenge.

    Mordechai says: "overwhelming and appalling"
    "Culturally enlightening, but way too gross"
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    It tells in a fashion which makes it easy to follow related stories. These contain diverse cultural traditions and customs of several nations. It also presents various mindsets regarding migration.

    The terrible downside is the detail in which the author describes intimate scenes and his character's craving for blood and excrement.

    The performance is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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