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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.

Sherborn, MA, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • You Slay Me: Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (372)

    You Slay Me is a lusty romance novel with amusing supernatural undercurrents. When courier Aisling Grey is dispatched to Paris to deliver a priceless dragon statue to a rich and eccentric female collector, she finds the intended recipient the apparent victim of a demonic ritual. And that's just the beginning of Aisling's discoveries.

    E. Moore says: "You Slay Me, With Dry Mouth"
    "Yup, I was slain! - Yikes. Pass, Pass, Pass"
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    The story is set in France about a main character named Aisling Grey. She is likable enough but just way to much of a caricature for my taste. To be sure, there are a number of times where there are light moments and humor, but they are way too far apart to save this novel. The central plot does not create enough conflict that you get overly interested. It is more of a lackadaisical plot that bobs and weaves but with no real drama. If it weren’t for the daemon dog, Jim, I don’t know if I could even have finished it.

    The Narration by Barbara Rosenblat is just plain horrendous. First Aisling Grey is supposed to be 32 in this novel. Rosenblat’s voice for her maker her sound like she is in her late forties and not at all attractive. The voice she uses for Aisling’s daemon, Jim, sounds like Steve Urkel from Family Matters. If you do ignore my review and listen, do not use enhanced mode, she has the most annoying unbecoming narration habits – you can hear her swallowing almost every sentence. I think that her narration is horrendous enough to ward you off the series – pardon the pun. I notice that Rosenblat has done other novel for MacAlister – not good.

    I admit, I’ve read positive reviews. However, if you like this book I would steer you to Betsy in MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead series. That’s a vampire series that’s got a lot of laughs with excellent narration. I have to say punt on this and the others in this series – usually the first book is the best and if they get worse from here – oh boy and Aisling is a big don't care.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rachel Van Dyken
    • Narrated By Sarah Franco
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much - but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same…

    Amazon Customer says: "Best Series Ever"
    "Whiny main character - no real tension"
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    This appears to be the first of two novels. Elect and it follow-on Elite. I have listened only to Elite. Based upon the first novel, I can already predict the best thing that could have been done was to write one novel by crushing them together and then edit aggressively. I blame this on the publisher. The conflict escalates so slowly that you almost miss it. As filler, the author has to throw in much whiny dialog. She introduces a sub character at the beginning leading you to believe that she will play a big role and then she vanishes except for the last five minute entry.

    The narrator, Franco adds to the whiny tone.

    I really have not much to say positive about this novel. With a few lines of editing, it would be better as a YA instead of romance of which there is not. I'd give it a read if you into YA but as a serious romance novel -- thumbs down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing Personal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Jaci Burton
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    When his shy but dedicated executive assistant Faith Lewis tells him that she'll do everything in her power to make sure that he succeeds, she's shocked to realize that Plan B equals her-in other words, he wants to marry her. Faith reluctantly agrees, burying the heavy crush she's had on Ryan for years. But the shy virgin is going to have to live with, sleep with, and reveal so many secrets to the enigmatic man who sees this as a logical business deal.

    G. House Sr. says: "Recycled Plot -- Decently Retold"
    "Recycled Plot -- Decently Retold"
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    The plot is old and tired. Executive assistant marries boss to fulfill boss' will requirements. Yawn. Nothing new in the plot nor in the characters. I suggest this book only if you have not read the plot-line before -- otherwise pass. It's not that this novel is badly written, nor badly narrated as much as it is utterly unremarkable. Burton gets you to connect with the main character so this is why I give it three stars -- barely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Breeders: Breeders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Katie French
    • Narrated By Carla Mercer-Meyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Sixteen-year-old Riley Meemick is one of the world's last free girls. When Riley was born, her mother escaped the Breeders, the group of doctors using cruel experiments to bolster the dwindling human race. Her parents do everything possible to keep her from their clutches - moving from one desolate farm after another to escape the Breeders' long reach. The Breeders control everything and they're hunting Riley.

    G. House Sr. says: "YA Novel Barely Good"
    "YA Novel Barely Good"
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    This Young Adult novel is based upon a post-apocalyptic notion that the human race has dramatically reduced the female population though (event to be disclosed). A group, called the breeders, are trying to repopulate the race. So much for the premise. The setting is a cross between the wild west and downtown Detroit. French does a poor job in plot, she chooses to move the main character (Riley) from event to even without a good reason for her actions. Though she does have one central goal, there is little back-story. Some auxiliary characters are in the story to quack like a duck in the background. While others change and morph in unexplained ways.

    Carla Mercer-Meyer pulls of a med-western twang accent for the characters that barely carry the story for the women and completely missed for the men. Though another narrator cannot save the weak plot no matter what their skills.

    I am somewhat interested in what the outcome of the next book.It would be good if it were a short story but as two or more novels -- eeek. Oh well, if I have the time, I will circle back and listen to book two. There are many other YA series to get hooked on, this one isn't one of them. If you do listen to book one, you will probably do book two just for kicks. So, I do recommend you pass and thus you have no decision to make.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30544)
    Performance
    (23861)
    Story
    (23945)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Didn't Quite Live Up to the Hype"
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    I am way late in reading this this novel. I have had numerous people tell me how much I would love it. They raved and raved. I thought it was better than average. I will read book two, but not right away. I found it tiring to listen and although I usually listen about 2-3 hours per day, I found myself only getting in about half of it.

    There are so many characters, a multitude of locations and hints of story lines and histories. I think Dotrice is a good voice -- but he nearly put me to sleep several times.

    Perhaps book two will help me gain momentum with the series. I recommend listening in small doses. I am one of the minority who only thought it to be so-so.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy for Her: A K2 Team Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Sandra Owens
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden, Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    When his best friend and fellow Navy SEAL, Evan Prescott, died in his arms on the battlefield, Logan Kincaid gave his word to watch over Evan's widow. But for two years he kept his distance... torn between honoring his solemn vow and succumbing to his secret love for his fallen comrade's wife. But when Dani Prescott desperately reaches out to Logan for the help only he can give, he rushes to her side - determined to fight for her safety as fiercely as he fights against his own buried desire.

    G. House Sr. says: "A solid feel good romance - the series has promise"
    "A solid feel good romance - the series has promise"
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    This novel purports to be the first in a series. The stalker plot is solid and has medium level of conflict and tension. I like they way Owens evolves the story in that is not heavy handed in either message or foreshadowing; she also places a good deal of emphasis on developing the hero.

    The novel is written for two view points: Dani (widower) and Logan. The narrator offers a solid performance. If you enjoy you romance with a touch of a thriller, then this novel is for you. Give it a read.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen: Women of the Otherworld, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (330)

    A war is brewing - the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half-brother from supernatural medical testing, but he's fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing. Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength - a strength she never knew she had - as she fights to keep her world from shattering.

    G. House Sr. says: "A fitting end to a fabulous series"
    "A fitting end to a fabulous series"
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    In this last book of the series, all of the characters make their final appearances and contribute to a complex plot. Armstrong manages to spin a yard of thriller intrigue that has you seeing death, rebirth, renewal and endings. I am very happy with the endings and how loose ends are tied up. Savannah is the main protagonist, along with Adam, they go up against a group intent on killing tens of thousands of innocents.

    I will miss these characters. The narrator, Parker, finishes with a stellar performance. This series will appeal to those who like a supernatural bent to their romances. The supernatural is not over the top and is definitely swapped out by the thriller aspect. I recommend the whole series. Nice job Armstrong.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spell Bound: Women of the Otherworld, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (346)

    At last, in the novel every Kelley Armstrong fan will need to own, all the major heroines and heroes of Otherworld are united. It's been 10 years since Bitten, the first novel in Kelley Armstrong's New York Times best-selling Otherworld series. In that time hundreds of thousands of fans have ravenously devoured the adventures of Armstrong's witches, demons, and werewolves. Now, in Spell Bound, she brings them all together for her most sweeping tale yet.

    G. House Sr. says: "Will Savanna Grow-up -- The Big Question"
    "Will Savanna Grow-up -- The Big Question"
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    I didn't realize that this series was going to end with a trilogy focused on Savannah. In this second to last book, Savannah finds herself without her powers and really questioning herself about her own self worth. It's a little disconcerting to she her confidence stripped away and then slowly build. Will she admit her feeling for Adam, will she escape? What will happen in the third book?

    Okay, Armstrong does a great job with this second of the trilogy and next to last book of the series. This is a must read and I move on with eagerness to the third and last. This is a must read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saint Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (1722)
    Performance
    (1539)
    Story
    (1542)

    Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

    withpatience says: "the narration was good as always, the story was no"
    "The Ends Justifies the Means"
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    We have walked the path with Odd Thomas for quite some time. In the first book in Pico Mundo he loses his Stormy, the love of his life, and we meet Bodocks. Next, evil in an old Hotel then on to defeating a corrupt genius in a monastery. We move to Magic Beach where he meets Ana-Marie an enigma in her own right and a nice addition to the story. On to bring down a house of horrors and everlasting life, on to cults and Edie Fisher (another great character) and finally leading us to his last adventure. Throughout his walk, we have laughed at his wit and turn of phrase, enjoyed his humility and his adventures. Through his friends we can feel for him and through his enemies we admire him. I would like to think that Koontz wanted us to see a little of ourselves in Odd and perhaps for us all to have something to aspire to.

    I very much enjoyed the series, if you peel back some of the supernatural facade, Koontz presents us with a cohesive theme and plot line throughout. This is a thoroughly uplifting series about love, humility, respect, determination, and love. I applaud Koontz for bringing the series to closure, so many authors let series linger. During the entire series, Baker has been a great voice of Odd Thomas. The first book was made into a movie and although true to the novel, I like the novel much better.

    These books will appeal to everyone of all ages that have a bent for the supernatural. I challenge those who are not so taken with the genre to give the first one a read because the characterization off Odd is so worth the journey. I loved in the last novel all of the loose ends are tied and we understand things. I can't give this series a higher recommendation. Read this series and you might get hooked on other Koontz’s novels. Another one of my favorites is Innocent. Please start with novel one and give them a go.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6517)
    Performance
    (5747)
    Story
    (5726)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
    "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
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    I have waited and waited for the sequel. After loving the first installment, which is a bit of a cliffhanger in some respects, I was looking for an engaging follow-on -- and this one delivered. The Reckoners are back. After killing Steelheart in book one, they focus on a new Epic in good old New York City. Except the city is new called Babylon Restored and I will say is that is involves water but no more.

    Sanderson paints another stunning mini-universe in Babylon that is just as impressive as Newcago. We get some new Reconkoners as well in the new high epic to have. MacLead Andrews narrated the last novel and he pulls out another excellent performance in this once as well.

    If you are a fan of Divergent, Hunger Games, X-Men, and YA type novels in general , you will love this series. Since this is only book two, I highly suggest you go back and read book one before you read this one or you are going to 1) get too many spoilers for book one early on in this book; 2) miss a ton of back story that is needed to really appreciate this installment; and 3) well, book one is great. What are you waiting for?

    19 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Waking the Witch: Women of the Otherworld, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (236)

    Savannah Levine, sorceress, i's having a hard time convincing her adoptive parents, Paige and Lucas, to take her seriously as an adult. She's working as the research assistant at the detective agency they founded, and when they take off on a romantic vacation alone, leaving her in charge, Savannah finds herself itching for a case to call her own. Suddenly, she gets the chance she's been waiting for: Recruited by another supernatural detective, she travels to Columbus, Washington, a small, dying town.

    G. House Sr. says: "Outstanding Plot and Theme"
    "Outstanding Plot and Theme"
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    Alright, we are on book 11 and this series is going strong. Of particular note is the strong plot. I have to admit, I did not guess what was going to happen in this latest installment by Armstrong. This novel is the first one to center in Savannah where she is the clear protagonist/hero of the story. We are getting a very much humanized (pardon the irony) view of her personality and the changes which differential her from Paige and her mother Eve.

    This book has absolutely no sex in it and is really all about character development and interaction and the deepening complexion Savannah's thinking. One key in a novel such as this is how complex the characters are and how they interact -- and it is excellent in this installment. This novel is all about the complex interactions of the small group of characters. Paige and Lucas are on vacation we see a little of Adam.

    If you are a fan other series you are really going to like this one. My recommendation -- start listening immediately.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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