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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 2012

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  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (332)

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. Every day more than 15 million people earn their keep by persuading someone else to make a purchase. But dig deeper and a startling truth emerges: Yes, one in nine Americans works in sales. But so do the other eight. Whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others.

    Howard Gutowitz says: "90% inert filler. Author can do better"
    "Evolutionary Assertions codified form the 2010s"
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    Pink’s central premise is that most people sell in one way or another and that many of our conceptions about selling are not true or only barely so. For example, extroverts do not make the best sales people – ambiverts do. If you want to know what an ambivert is, you’ll have to listen to the book yourself. I have read dozens of business books and most of them can be condensed down to two or three central ideas and the rest of the work is really window dressing. Pink’s book is not packed with antidotal evidence and arcnae stories supporting his points; rather he attempts to support his opinions with research and a smattering of statistics or at least hinting that statistical evidence exists.

    I purchased a hardcopy so I could make notes in the margin. On balance, I think this and Drive, his previous book, are pretty good and worth the listen. I thought Drive was better but To Sell is Human has a number of good tips that if practiced may increase your sales effectiveness.

    17 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George Packer
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (184)

    In The Unwinding, George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives. The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.

    Janet Pittman Henley says: "Can't understand the low ratings!"
    "Nicely woven threads of contemporary history"
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    I really like the way Packer has attempted to make his points about how America has unwound. He has chosen to pick out of number of personalities and historical figures that we know and other folks we don't and wind them around each other in a cohesive contemporary history tale.

    If you like history, you will like this book. However, if you are a memoir fan you will not because he skims the surface of people and there are personalities you may not like or agree with. Also, if you are fiction reader lover an only tolerate history you should pass.

    I think that Robert Fass did a nice job narrating, his voice is pleasant enough. I think this book could have benefited from editing; maybe as much as 1/3 could be lopped off. With all that said, I do recommend this book to the history buff and for both liberals and conservatives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eleanor & Park

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (453)

    Set over the course of one school year, in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love - and just how hard it pulled you under.

    Ashley says: "Must Listen"
    "Pure Heartstrings -- A Great Story"
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    This novel's plot was not what I was expecting -- but tuned out to be more than I could have hoped for. It is a fresh story, with a steady plot-line that you won't guess. There is something in this story for everyone. Rowell manages to tell this teen story without resorting to over dramatic devices. There is plenty of tension and conflict and the story raises as many why's as it offers answers. This book appeals to folks of all ages. It helps you remember first love, so it does appeal to the romantics in all of us.

    The story is told both form Eleanor's and Parks perspectives in alternating points of view which enhances the story. Often, this device can be distracting; but not in this novel. There are many nerves that get jangled as the story unfolds. I highly recommend you read this wonderful story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6241)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1610)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "A Timeless Story of Guilt and Redemption and Hope"
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    I had been told that this book was wonderful. I have to admit that after the first 1.5 hours of listening I was bored out of my skull. If I hadn't committed to read it for the book circle I'm in, I would have stopped. Then like a sudden gust, they story took shape and I was hooked. This is a story about guilt and coming of age in a country of turmoil. It is about friendship,jealously, fear, betrayal, redemption and anguish. But is also a story of hope and determination.

    The story is read by the author and though his pace his slow, I think he makes the book come alive. There are plenty of allusions that after you complete the novel that you will ponder. If you are a romance, sci-fi or thriller lover you will find this book tiring. Yet, if you like thrillers and near-to-true-life stories, it is a must. I give it a solid thumbs up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Humans Involved: Women of the Otherworld, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (189)

    Reluctant to upstage her fellow spiritualists on a reality TV show, Jaime Vegas tries to suppress her talents, as she has done her entire life. But there is something lurking in the maze of gardens behind the house: a spirit without a voice. And it won't let go until somehow Jaime hears its terrible story. For the first time in her life, Jaime Vegas understands what humans mean when they say they are haunted.

    Joan says: "An Absorbing Read"
    "Necromancer, Werewolf and Magic - Good Read"
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    Jamie Vegas is the main character in Armstrong's book 7. She has played prominent supporting roles in a couple of the previous books and it was good to finally see a story revolve around her. In this tale, she is in Hollywood to tape a reality TV show and she discovers evil and of course Jeremy (Alpha Werewolf) shows up to help de-tangle things as both sidekick and love interest. This is a major thriller and a littler romance.

    Merlington continues to improve as the narrator of the series. I think she has finally hit her stride.

    This series is interesting as the various factions of supernaturals are revealed and interact. This general genre is in vogue and this series is a good read in that vain. I give it a thumbs up -- keep going on to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lisa Desrochers
    • Narrated By Anadelle Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Have you ever gone just a little too far? Lexie Banks has. Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it's more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he's been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years...and is so off limits. It's a good thing she's leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome. But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can't seem to escape trouble.

    G. House Sr. says: "Romantic tension keeps you at the edge"
    "Romantic tension keeps you at the edge"
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    There is nothing better than a novel that keeps the romantic tension throughout. In this love triangle, you can not help but have empathy for everyone involved. At points, you'll be screaming, "no," then later "text him/her," "don't." I liked very much the main character, she was funny as well as kept you involved as she changes and considered.

    This was my first novel by Desrochers, and as an incurable romantic -- I give it a thumbs up.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4429)
    Performance
    (4054)
    Story
    (4054)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Twists, turns and Trauma -- Thmbs Up"
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    This novel is about the journey of a boy who loses his mother and progresses though a series of tribulations. The novel opens slowly as you bond to the boys mother and then she is killed off (not a spoiler). It has its slow parts and is rapid dramas. The listen is about 30 hours so you have to dedicated.

    This is not a mystery or sci fi, rather it is clever coming of age story disguised as flashback fiction. This book will likely not appeal to those who love biographies or memoirs. It is not a who-done-it or thriller. Now that I told you what it isn't, it is a well written novel with poignant moments and good characterizations. Give it a read.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted: Women of the Otherworld, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (207)

    Eve Levine - half-demon, black witch, and devoted mother - has been dead for three years. She has a great house, an interesting love life, and can't be killed again - which comes in handy when you've made as many enemies as Eve has. Yes, the afterlife isn't too bad. All she needs to do is find a way to communicate with her daughter, Savannah, and she'll be happy.

    G. House Sr. says: "Witches, Ghosts and Angels -- Oh My!"
    "Witches, Ghosts and Angels -- Oh My!"
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    Vampires being all the rage, I like this series because it has a mixture of werewolves, ghosts, witches and other beasties -- a sprinkling of vampires. Don't be fooled by the title of the series, there are plenty of men woven into the story. This story in particular is about Eve, the mother of Savannah from a previous novel. In this novel, she is sent out after a Nix as a sort of supernatural bounty hunter and you follow her jaunts as she tracks this nasty creature down. Eve is a mixture of good and evil herself and so the theme is" if you want to catch a criminal, send a criminal" -- but can Eve be reformed from bad witch to -- what?

    In order to appreciate this novel, you really should read at least book 2 and book 4; you could skip book 1 and 3 as they are other storylines. I do think reading the whole series is very worthwhile. Also, don't expect sex to be the focal point of these works, they are slight romance and mostly fantasy. If you enjoy the fantasy genre, you'll like this series.

    Laural Merlington does a great job in narration. Overall, I continue to find these works light and engaging without be macabre. I recommend you give it a read -- great airplane trip time killer.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Hitler: New Scientific Evidence That Hitler Escaped Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jerome Corsi
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    In 2009, three US professors with access to Adolf Hitler’s alleged remains startled the world with scientific DNA proof that the skull and bones that Russia had claimed since the end of World War II were Hitler’s actually belonged to a middle-aged woman whose identity remains unknown.

    Benedict says: "I was taken aback ..."
    "Questions with No Answers -- Not better than conje"
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    All that Corsi manages to do is to throw more doubt on historical accounts. He offers little interesting data. He discredits early historians with already known facts that are easily to find on the Internet. The only redeeming quality of the work is that he brings these (possible) fact-conjectoids together in his book. He offer conjectures supporting his hypothesis in which the definition of the word fact must be used loosely. I'd suggest you pass.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • First Love

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Emily Raymond
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Axi Moore is a "good girl": She studies hard, stays out of the spotlight, and doesn't tell anyone that what she really wants is to run away from it all. The only person she can tell is her best friend, Robinson - who she also happens to be madly in love with. When Axi impulsively invites Robinson to come with her on an unplanned cross-country road trip, she breaks the rules for the first time in her life. But the adventure quickly turns from carefree to out-of-control....

    Jennifer L. Phillips says: "James Patterson where are you?"
    "Too Close To Home - Thumbs Up"
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    This book hit very close to home and was very unexpected. I cant't go into detail without spoiling and I won't do that that. But, both the place and subject matter resonate. Don't read this book without a tissue handy. The formula has been done before; but the way in which the novel unfolds is rather unique and there are numerous surprises and very nice moments. It leaves your wondering and feeling. Give it a listen.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bargain: Billionaire Games, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sandra Edwards
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Julian de Laurent needs a temporary wife. Camille Chandler needs a job after he inadvertently gets her fired. If she agrees, he'll pay her five million to marry him. It's just a business deal, but neither could have foreseen what happens next, especially Camille, when she learns he's capable of stealing her heart.

    G. House Sr. says: "Pleasent Romantic Diversion"
    "Pleasent Romantic Diversion"
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    Okay, you read it 10 times and each time it seems just as cliché as the one before, you know guy hires girl, they fall in love, endure problems with families, blowup at the end and eventually overcome and live happily ever after. You know this on page two! Does that stop you from reading? No. You just listen because want it to be true.

    This book is good, with the appropriate drama and romance. You want the smug people to be put in place and you get your wish. Give it a read.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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