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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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  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2251)
    Performance
    (1976)
    Story
    (1974)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
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    Everyone you care about shows up in the conclusion of this riveting trilogy. From the first chapters, you are thrown left and right from one event to the next. You barely recover from a harrowing drop to only experience a jolt up then down as the plot spirals twists your emotional gut like a taffy puller. This Prendergast novel is far and away among the best. This is Lincoln and Child’s second trilogy within the Prendergast series. The first one, starting with Brimstone and ending with Book of the Dead, was fabulous. This trilogy, starting with Fever Dreams is even better -- you can believe it.

    I give outstanding marks to Rene Auberjonis, the voice of series. His steady guiding tone makes the story seamless and enjoyable as always.

    One of the best things about the Prendergast series is all of the characters are multi-dimensional. This trilogy humanizes Prendergast is a way that was badly needed. Good job authors in anticipating the needs from your audience. I have come to know these characters and enjoy seeing how they evolve. It’s hard to believe that the authors were able to get so much backstory into this action packed plot. I warn you, you won’t always get what you want, but as the song goes, you’ll get what you need. Two Graves a must, must, listen!

    32 of 36 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
    (72)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    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
  • 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
    (32034)
    Performance
    (25137)
    Story
    (25220)

    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.

    4 of 5 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
    (89)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    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

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