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Karen Loewenstern

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  • The Lincoln Myth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (389)

    New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours. September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln.

    Morrell says: "Painful and Confusing"
    "Lincoln and the Mormons"
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    If you could sum up The Lincoln Myth in three words, what would they be?

    unknown Mormon history


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    No. I find him too dramatic. I only listen to stories read by him when they are highly recommended by friends. He irritates me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3303)
    Performance
    (2487)
    Story
    (2499)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Listened to it twice, and may again"
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    If you could sum up Cloud Atlas in three words, what would they be?

    an amazing novel


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it carries an interesting theme through hundreds of years.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Replace Scott Brick, every sentence read by him is too dramatic.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1973)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (961)

    The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back, ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

    V.A. says: "Not bad"
    "Weird Book"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Book of the Dead the most enjoyable?

    The story was pretty good once you got past Scott Brick's narration.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    He is too dramatic, every sentence is dramatic. I found him to be very irritating.


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

    Neither.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1720)
    Performance
    (1535)
    Story
    (1554)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Funny, funny, funny"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared the most enjoyable?

    The way the 100 year old man keeps getting into trouble and then out again by accident.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The 100 year old man. He had a fantastic life accidentally meeting world famous characters like Truman, Stalin, Franco, etc. He invented the atomic bomb at Los Alamos even though he was a janitor, and he accidentally gave the secret to the Soviets-amazing.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    The 100 year old man.


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

    Laughed like crazy.


    1 of 1 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
    (2961)
    Performance
    (2555)
    Story
    (2569)

    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....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Exciting, fast paced,."
    Overall
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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
    (248)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    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
    (543)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (451)

    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.

    Richard Delman says: "Too much. Too much. Too much. Too much. Too much."
    "Great blast at Miami life, could use less detail"
    Overall
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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
    (99)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    “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"
    Overall
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    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
    (86)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    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
    (4412)
    Performance
    (1877)
    Story
    (1895)

    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.

    Jill Pagano says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "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

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