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G. House Sr.

I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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  • Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car.

    G. House Sr. says: "Series badly needs to change focus"
    "Series badly needs to change focus"
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    There are so many things about the novel I do not like, I hardly know where to start. The novel starts with seven pennies against a wall and a shooting -- so far so good. But Cornwell does the same, tired thing, she make this whole novel about her inner circle casting doubt on those close to her. With so much intelligence and abilities in her, Benton, Lucy, and Marino, your would like that she could conjure up a plot line that doesn't have one of her own family suspected of stuff (I won't spoil). You see her laying some groundwork for future additions to the series which is okay. She really needs to get out of this self-doubt kick with Scarpetta and get everyone sharing information with each other taking a nasty as hell crime with intricacies like she has done in the past. A little more depth on supporting cast will do and it would be nice to see the character grow a bit -- okay maybe there was a little in this novel, but we need to see more. This plot is tired -- time for a change.

    I love Lorelie King -- but NOT in the Scapetta series. For those of you who know, she narrates the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie is a ditzy comic character. Her voice makes Scapetta sound like Plum and Benton like Joe Morelli -- not a compliment. Go back to having Kate Reading do the narration -- no disrespect to Lorelie King.

    Overall, this story is a meh. Try not to be too disappointed, it's worth the credit but I wouldn't rush to listen to it like I did.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (230)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
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    This novel opens with a surprise on Pendergast's doorstep. This novel explores the Pendergast tree and dig into his history. I liked this aspect. I like that Constance green is back in the picture. The whole series is a modern day Sherlock Holmes series of stories (with many different Watsons). Rene Auberjonis is the long time narrator and does an outstanding performance.

    If you have not read any of these novels, you really have a great deal of work ahead of you. I love these novels because they are heavy on thrill and very light on blood and gore. I recommend you read this latest, more of the Pendergast story is always interesting.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unwary

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Booklist calls MaryJanice Davidson’s New York Times best-selling Queen Betsy series "sexy, steamy, and laugh-out-loud funny". In Undead and Unwary, vampire queen Betsy Taylor and her savvy retinue sink their teeth into a delicious problem - how to out-devil the devil.

    G. House Sr. says: "Davidson breathes new Life into Hell"
    "Davidson breathes new Life into Hell"
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    For the last couple of novels, Davisdson has floundered. But in the last novel she set the stage for a confrontation between Betsy and her sister Laura. In Undead and Unwary, that confrontation plays out. I am please to report that this novel is excellent and a fabulous return to the fun spirited early books which made this series fun. We have a lot to chew on, Betsy matures, Laura doesn't disappoint, Jessica is hilarious, and the aunt and some new friends. Okay, you have to read it for yourself.

    Wu does a fabulous job narrating as always. If you are a fan of the series, do not delay as I did. Another thing I liked in this novel was the way Davidson referred to her previous novels like footnotes instead of summarizing what we already knew -- a great device.
    Go ahead a chomp it on down. You'll be glad you did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Married by Monday: Weekday Brides, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (258)

    Carter Billings: With sandy blond hair and Hollywood good looks, Carter could have any woman he wants. When he makes his bid for governor of California, he knows he must settle down and become a family man. His choice for a running mate between the sheets: matchmaker Eliza Havens. Eliza Havens: Eliza’s happy that her best friend has a wealthy, adoring husband. It’s the husband’s best friend - sexy, dashing Carter Billings - that drives her crazy. No man has ever squabbled with Eliza this much…or made her heart race this fast.

    G. House Sr. says: "Great Feel Good Book - Fresh Plot"
    "Great Feel Good Book - Fresh Plot"
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    I like the fresh plot. Though the romance formula is in tact, Bybee offers and interesting plot in this second of a series. Also, she does a good job laying the groundwork for follow-ons. This novel is self contained, as was Book 1. This series creates a universe and a set of woman within the universe. After listening to two, it is clear where she is going but I think the plot lines will have enough variety to keep one interested.

    As a critique I would liked to have amped up the conflict. I also would have liked to see a little more depth from Eliza -- all in all, a nice listen. Pull up a chair near the fire, surf the web on you iPad and listen away. Eby does a good job narrating. I give it a thumbs up.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • White Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (223)

    Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

    Susan says: "Superb narration"
    "Disjoint Narrative w/Funny Moments Dusted Throuout"
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    White teeth is about two families: Jones and the Icbals. The setting is England in the 60-90s. the plot follows the early development of the families and how they morph and change. If it sounds boring -- it is. The first half of the novel can be deleted and no one would miss a thing. I suggest you start right half way through if I haven't dissuaded you. The only, and I mean only thing that this novel has is hilarious moments dusted throughout here and there like pigeon droppings. Smith manages to turn a phase with the best of them. I very much liked those parts.

    I am sad to say that I didn't feel connected to any of the main characters although a few background characters were entertaining at times. Even the humor couldn't carry this novel over the goal line. If the first part of of the book could be deleted, then the last fifteen minutes covered so much ground I though I was reading a cliff note of a cliff note.

    Who is going to like this novel better that I? My guess is young people (in their twenties) who have an off-beat sense of humor and are into quirky and perhaps a bit of satiric humor. If it weren't for the ha-has, I would have given it a one. Although, I admit Goldfinch was brutally worse coming in at zero stars -- so there is that.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4444)
    Performance
    (1788)
    Story
    (1813)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Complex tale that hits you in the heart"
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    I wasn't sure about this book at first. I really had no concept of how the plot could be held together. The story opens up on the slow side, in my opinion, but rapidly you are drawn into the work. At first you might be thinking the novel is about Henry but then you might change you mind as you get further. Knowledge is power and the shifting tides of time of this novel help you understand how power ebbs and flow with the seasons of life. I was surprised by how central sex was to this novel, of course it was handled tastefully, but the the author did not gloss over how relationships and emotions intertwine with the characters.

    This book is more about the relationship between them than time travel. Time travel is a vehicle to bring poignant moments into focus. Indeed, time travel is the author's tool for cutting out the mundane and focusing on the interesting. There is not a science fiction novel -- this about about two people who find each other and grow. This is about love and despair and sacrifice. I think you should give it a read even if you are little shy about science fiction. It will be enjoyed, in my opinion, by those who have experience with relationships. It more of a coming of age novel than anything else. By the way, I hear there is a squeal in the works.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Personal Demon: Women of the Otherworld, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington, Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (220)

    Tabloid reporter Hope Adams appears to live the life of an ordinary working girl. But, in addition to possessing the beauty of a Bollywood princess, Hope has other unique traits. For she is a half-demon - a human fathered by a demon. And she has inherited not only a gift for seeing the past but a hunger for chaos - along with a talent for finding it wherever she can.

    A User says: "Good Series"
    "A Woven thriller -- the series continues to rock"
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    In Personal Demon we finally see the see a lot more of Carl Marsden. Till this novel, he has been a rather minor character even in the novel he was introduced. We are also introduced to a new type of supernatural -- Hope Adam, again i minor character from an earlier series. Paige and Lucas are back and we see some kicking of butt in the Cabals. One of the things I like about Armstrong is she doesn't recycle plots. She always has some original, something thrilling. Romance is a background for her story, binding the plot points together instead of being the itself.

    In this novel, there were two narrators which worked okay. I think is prefer one and Merlington gets my vote. If you read the series, this is a definite good read, it may stand on its own but you are missing a great deal. Give it a read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: Lux Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, Daemon's facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure. Surrounded by enemies, the only way Katy can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don't seem entirely crazy, but the group's goals are frightening...

    G. House Sr. says: "The Series Gets Richer and Ricer in intrigue"
    "The Series Gets Richer and Ricer in intrigue"
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    In order to appreciate this novel you have to start at the beginning. In Origin, the DoD takes the stage front and center. I will not say more about this; but what is outstanding is the way Armentrout continues to widen the the plot. In the first novel, you get lulled into thinking this is a trite YA romance about aliens, and by this book she has widened the scope and brought many serious issues to bear. She masterfully brings up relevant issues that affect us in society today. If you look beyond her story for her message, I think you'll be impressed with the questions she raises and her opinions she has offered so far.

    In this book, Eyre reads from Kat's POV and Shapiro from for Daemons's. This narration is especially potent in the audio book, I am not sure it would be as good if you were reading it. The author's ability to use dialog to move the story forward is excellent as is her character development. I highly recommend the book and I can't wait for the final outcome. If the last four books are any indication, it should be a hit. I hope so, because book three of Divergent and Hunger Games were such a disappointment. That said, on to book 5.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Onyx: Lux, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (260)

    Daemon's determined to prove what he feels for Katy is more than a product of their bizarro connection. So she's sworn him off, even though he's running more hot than cold these days. But they've got bigger problems.The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that Katy and Daemon are linked, Katy's a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who's got a secret of his own. He knows what's happened to Katy and he can help, but to do so, Katy has to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible.

    G. House Sr. says: "An excellent turn into suspense and thrill"
    "An excellent turn into suspense and thrill"
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    At the beginning of the series, you might be lured into thinking this is a YA teen romance. Well it is and it is very much not. In the second novel, much more Divergent esq., Armentrout does a fabulous job broadening the focus of the novel with surprising turns. Daemon and Kat are back and they stop the petty fighting and unite on a common goal -- can they overcome the DoD, who can the trust?

    Okay, Eyre does a great job narrating. If you are are a fan of hunger games, divergent, steelheart, etc. You will love the series and book 2. Give it a read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Obsidian: Lux, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (323)

    When 17-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she'd pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy Internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up...until he opened his mouth. Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It's hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he's an alien.

    Katheryne says: "Holy Alien Hotness"
    "Supernatural Teens Series Looks Promising"
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    ET meets Twilight in this teen novel. Daemon is an alien alright. Katy is the heroine and is really is a great counterpoint to Daemon. What you will really like the unfolding of the mystery of the story. They are many parallels to Twilight if you swap out vampires for aliens and roll everyone back to high school.

    The narrator's voice at the beginning is very annoying. But after a while, it settles in okay. It's hard to describe why it is not great; but it Eyre's voice doesn't detract too much from the story; so I'm not going to ding it. This is a good teen novel for all ages.

    I recommend it for a nice end of summer beach read.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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