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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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  • Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (533)

    Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet

    G. House Sr. says: "Better and Better"
    "Better and Better"
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    The Sophie Katz mysteries gets better and better. In Vows, Vendetta, and a little Black dress, she sets up her latest novel Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend in Vegas. Davis does a marvelous job threading the ending of one mystery with the beginning of the next. Another strong suite is her continual rounding out of Sophie’s supporting cast. She allows the characters to grow and develop along with the central mystery. This growth started several novels ago and strongly continues.

    In this Novel, the story starts innocently as Sophie consoles herself with her friends in Vegas after she and Anatoly split. Finding out he was - is married was too much. And, then the roller coaster ride starts the free fall. The series is great and you should definitely read this. If you haven’t got caught up on the series, you should go back as do so. This novel doesn’t really give anything away from the early novels so you should be pretty safe.

    Sophie Katz is a strong central figure. There is a lot to admire, make you laugh and shake your head. The cast of charters work well together and you probably won’t guess what’s going to happen next. If you like the Stephanie Plum, Scarpetta or Pendergast series, this is a great addition to you reading lists. I highly recommend it and there is a hook to the next installment -- but you'll have to read it to find it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dynamic Dialogue: Letting Your Story Speak (Red Sneaker Writers Book)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By William Bernhardt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Dynamic dialogue can turn an otherwise ordinary novel into a delightful read, but dull, uninspired dialogue will cause readers to lose interest and try something else. In this book, bestselling author William Bernhardt, renowned for his handling of dialogue, explains his techniques for making characters come to life through their words. He explains the importance of matching character and dialogue, of avoiding dialogue that's “on-the-nose,” and the value of using dialogue to suggest what no one will say aloud.

    G. House Sr. says: "Excellent advice, brief and on-point"
    "Excellent advice, brief and on-point"
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    I think this short read helps demystify great dialog. As a writer, this book makes you think about technical writing issues. As a reader and consumer, this book helps you become aware of the rules and guidelines of dialog.

    Bernhardt, divides things up into bite-sized chapters and provides exercises at the end of each for the purpose of honing skills. He avoids lengthy cut-and-paste examples and instead focuses on concise examples. I believe any series reader or writer will benefit from this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flying

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Every other weekend, Stella buys a ticket on the next flight out of town and leaves her life behind. Home is a place with too many memories, and departure is the sweetest possible distraction.

    As soon as she arrives at her destination, Stella visits the airport bar. She orders a drink and waits for the right guy to come along. A bored businessman, a backpacker, a baggage handler just off shift. If he's into a hot, no-strings hookup, he's perfect. Each time is a thrilling escape from reality that gives the term layover a whole new meaning.

    G. House Sr. says: "Characters fall well short of the mark"
    "Characters fall well short of the mark"
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    Flying is about woman named Stella. Stella had endured a personal tragedy that precipitated her divorce. She has a practice of picking-up men by flying to a city and hooking at arbitrary bar for a one-night-stand. Here is the thing, you never quite connect with Stella. Also, Matthew, her eventual love interest, is just not likable on any dimension. Why Stella would put up with him, I have no idea -- he should have been given the heave ho -- seriously. Also, her abrupt changes have her breaking character several times, very jarring in a bad way.

    The revelations happen late and timed at awkward times. You could forgive that a bit if the timing wasn't so ill timed that it leaves you shaking your head. Also, the supporting characters have massive unresolved issues and act in ways that leave you scratching you head as well.

    I usually like what Megan Hart writes but this is a dud. I would definitely pass.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Katie French
    • Narrated By Carla Mercer-Meyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    They've escaped the Breeders, yet their journey has just begun. Riley and Clay are once again on the run from the Breeders. The group may have escaped the deranged experiments at the hospital, but as one of the world's last free women, Riley can never be safe. On the road back home, Riley and her crew are captured by a band of savage men. Their destination: the Citadel, run by a bizarre religious prophet named the Messiah. Somehow he knows their secrets. He wants them to join his group of Believers, but only if they'll drink the baptismal water and swear allegiance.

    G. House Sr. says: "Series continues to be be Meh"
    "Series continues to be be Meh"
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    This follow on novel to "The Breeders" series is an improvement over the first novel. Yet,it still has many structural problems and holes. First, the pace of the plot moves way too slow. Second, the plot has way to many answered questions that future novels won't answer. Third, we see a little character development in Riley but the other characters stagnate. For example, French is leading you down one road with Clay (Riley's love interest) and then abruptly does and about-face and sweeps a whole bunch of things under the rug and then moves in a different direction - very jarring.

    The truth is, I want to like this series but I can't seem to get there. Yet, I also can't seem to say enough is enough. It's like eating creamed spinach -- it's kind'a good. Mercer-Meyer really needs to pick up the pace of narration. She read s-l-o-w and this is very distracting. The whole thing should be read in 8 hours instead of 10.

    This YA novel, I give it a solid sideways thumb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduced by Sunday: Weekday Brides, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Meg Rosenthal: Matchmaker by day, realist by night, Meg is not about to get swept away by a charming, darkly handsome businessman in a designer suit. She's come to a beautiful, secluded resort to evaluate the private island's potential for her agency, not to ogle its owner. But there's something about the magnetic man that's hard to resist, even for a woman who refuses to fall in love.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Gritty, roamnce -- A Great Plt"
    "A Gritty, roamnce -- A Great Plt"
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    Book 6 in the series is set in the Florida Keys. It is a continuation of from previous books. Meg meets Valentino, the owner and proprietor of an ultra secret, ultra-primate resort. When the ultra-private nature of the resort is threatened and that of Michael personal life (Movie Star) is jeopardized, the good guys embark on a good old who-did-it. Except, this who-did-it has a flavor of a thriller that gives the overall novel more depth and texture -- well done. This is a romance novel, heavy on the romance (very light on the sex scenes). Although parts are predictable, the narrative moves along and the plot points are riveting. Tanya Eby continues to turn in great performances.

    In this book we meet Valentino's sister Gabby. My money is on book seven being about her. I hope so, because we learn a great deal about her in this novel and it will be interesting to see how she evolves. Bybee has done a great job keeping the series fresh and interesting. I give it a big thumbs up and look forward to book seven. Give it a read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elect: Elite Eagle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rachel Van Dyken
    • Narrated By Douglas Berger
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family's enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him. Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family's sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend... But Trace isn't ready to give up on a future with Nix.

    G. House Sr. says: "Most monotonous love triangle - weakest girl ever!"
    "Most monotonous love triangle - weakest girl ever!"
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    This novel last eight hours and seven minutes, about 8 hours too long. The plot of the book is about a love triangle between Nixon and Chase who both have a thing for Traci all set in the back drop of the mafia controlled high school. I have to say, I have never read a weaker characterization of the girl, Traci, in any novel of this genre ever! The author presented her as a simpering, co-dependent, fragile china doll, who can't barely even think let alone sort out a relationship. The two men didn't fair much better in terms of the authors depth other than 'I Love You' no but wait, 'I love you more'. 'No you take her" lines. after a half hour such drivel and then we have seven and half hours more to go. The plot was like watching a ping-pong match between two amateurs only intent on returning each others volley -- the white ping-pong ball being the girl. Back and forth over the net again and again with the same choices the same dialog - over, and, over, and over, and over ... You get my drift. I kept waiting, hoping -- but no joy!

    The only bright spot was at the very, very end where a sub-character woman steps up and makes it more interesting (see my seven minutes comment). If the next book is about her, maybe you should give it a read. But for this book, it is a define NO! Don't bother. Find someone who listed or read it and let them tell you about it -- it will save a lot of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: A Boomerang Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Noelle August
    • Narrated By Amanda Wallace, Andrew Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They're sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret. Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well, one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post-hookup taxi to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

    G. House Sr. says: "Interesting Simultaneous Growth Story"
    "Interesting Simultaneous Growth Story"
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    This is a very well written feel good story. The whole idea is that Mia and Ethan have a one-night stand but wind working together, each an intern at Boomerang -- a dating service. There is only one permanent position though. The story is about all of the various blockages and obstacles, not so much about the conflict between the two. I like that August did a reasonable job developing the characters the main characters. She came up a little short in developing the supporting players if she intends to build on them in following works. This is nothing that cannot be overcome.

    The narrators Wallace and Eiden do a solid good job. The novel is written alternating chapter perspective. This is becoming more common these days and each chapter opens with a question, more like a riddle.

    If you are looking for a sultry novel, this is not it. It's packed with eccentricities and subtle humor. I reiterate, feel good. I recommend it as a read and I will read the next one in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Belly Diet: Lose Up to 16 lbs. in 14 Days!

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Zinczenko
    • Narrated By David Zinczenko
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (52)

    Zero Belly Diet is the revolutionary new plan to turn off your fat genes and help keep you lean for life! Nutrition expert David Zinczenko - the New York Times best-selling author of the Abs Diet series, Eat This, Not That! series, and Eat It to Beat It! - has spent his entire career learning about belly fat - where it comes from and what it does to us. And what he knows is this: There is no greater threat to you and your family - to your health, your happiness, even your financial future.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous, Short and to the Point"
    "Fabulous, Short and to the Point"
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    I thought this book was very informative and cutout a lot of the junk that is in books of this genre which are there simply to plump up the page count. Also, the accompanying PDF is awesome. I like the exercise plans all laid out with pictures and instructions. The book is read by the author which helps for emphasis in just the correct spots. I give this a big thumbs up for anyone looking to drop some belly fat!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rachel Van Dyken
    • Narrated By Sarah Franco
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    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…

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiny main character - no real tension"
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing Personal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Jaci Burton
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (119)

    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.

    3 of 4 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
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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