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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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  • Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1086)

    Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs - a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms...and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there’s more to this secluded haven than meets the eye - and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.

    Suzn F says: "Oddy Returns"
    "Wow - Koontz Cranks out another Hit"
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    Odd Interlude was released after Odd Apocalypse by six months. However, Odd Interlude takes place one day after Odd Hours ends and before Odd Apocalypse begins. For listening fans, this may be a little confusing at first if you’ve already listened to Odd Apocalypse because the timing is inconsistent with the character story arc. I went back and verified that the release dates were indeed out of sequence. No matter, Odd Interlude is a great story. One of the pleasant parts of this novel is the addition of a two kindred spirits: JoLeigh and Ed. I won’t spill the beans on who they are and the roles they play in the story; but, I will comment that Koontz does a nice job in allowing them to fold effortlessly into this tale.

    I really like the narration of David Aaron Baker. He has been the voice of Odd since the very beginning and his performance is excellent. He does a great job differentiating characters and imbuing them the emotion of the story.

    If you are a fan of the series, you will like the story. Although this story does not rely on the supernatural as much as the others, it is a fun listen and I believe is much more filled with humor than the darker Odd Apocalypse. If you are not a series reader, you can read this novel first. It will leave a lot of open questions and spoil the first Odd Thomas novel and Odd Hours, but that will be the extent of the spoiling.

    I continue to be a fan of the series. I hope to continue to see Oddy pick up some friends. I give a big thumbs up recommendation.

    21 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Obsidian: Lux, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (266)

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amy Alkon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

    Melinda says: "F-ing Funny and Factual"
    "Hilarious and a Direct Hit - Must Listen"
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    Okay, I didn't know what to expect. Within 20 minutes I was hooked. I was listening while BBQ'ing outside.When I came in my wife said, "you look crazy out there laughing to yourself while your flipping our burgers. Good thing I know you." It's not that this book is so side splitting, it's that Alkon can turn a phase and pick a perfect analogy. MacDuffie does a fabulous job on the narration.

    If you want to know how to handle you pesky neighbors, get those people at work to stop asking when you are getting engaged, or just how to say 'no,' then this book is for you. This is definitely for a person who does not mind strong language and suggestive analogies -- so if these things bother you, you should avoid this book. That said, Alkon goes on to be funny without being vulgar -- a neat trick. She also backs up her advice with reference to the latest psychology ; but, that part of the book is very scant so don''t get too nervous.

    I recommend that you listen to this -- it is well worth you time. I bought a print copy for my daughter to read -- she is going to love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Over You

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sarah Mayberry
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    Millions of women drool over soap star Mac Harrison. And scriptwriter Grace Wellington is no different; the hottie headlines all her wildest fantasies. She keeps him firmly in his place there, however, because her days have no room for such ego-driven men.

    Judy says: "Cute"
    "Familiar Story-line - Few Twists"
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    I think that this work has a pedestrian plot-line, damaged woman with trust issues given up hoping -- in comes hero. Mayberry does a good job with prose. I would have given this book three stars overall if it weren't for Zackman's strong performance. I didn't think this book rose to the level of complexity that I would like to see in this genre. I want more complexity and backstory -- Mayberry fails here. Depth is lacking.

    Give this book a listen if you are at the beach. It certainly is a feel good book and if you are in the mood for a happy ending without a great deal of drama -- go for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Earthquakes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Becky, Kelly, and Ayinde meet in a prenatal yoga class. When Ayinde's water unexpectedly breaks, all three of them rush to the hospital. They become lifelong friends while helping each other through the perils of early motherhood. Jennifer Weiner, best-selling author and storyteller extraordinaire, takes "chick lit" to new levels in the sparkly and stylish Little Earthquakes.

    G. House Sr. says: "Intricate tale of motherhood and redemption"
    "Intricate tale of motherhood and redemption"
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    Little Earthquakes is a novel that follows the lives of three women from shortly before their first born through their next nine months. The fourth woman is the main character, Leeia, and is a woman who recently lost her son Caleb. Weiner does an interesting job of weaving four plot lines with at least the premises together in a story that works. You really feel the joys, the sorrows and the emotions pour through in her work. I like very much that she chose the right level of drama.

    This is a novel that will appeal to those who have had children and are they are more grown -- perhaps teens or older. I would expect for those couples going through it, they might say it was too tidy of a story because they are in the soup . What I like most was Weiner's ability to get you to connect with women's problems in a way that made them understandable, likable and realistic.

    Johanna Parker is fabulous. Don't expect everything to wrap up like a fairy tale, I'm not saying it does or doesn't. I am just saying, don't have expectations. Let the story wrap you up. I highly recommend reading this excellent novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (735)

    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

    Amanda says: "Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans"
    "Excellent new spin in the Egyptology genre"
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    The premise is the tomb of the pharaoh that united upper and lower Egypt was never found -- Narmer. His tomb contains something of incalculable value -- of coarse.
    The central plot-line is interesting and a new slant on the same-old tired 'let's find a new pharaoh tomb' with new and varied challenges. All of that is good stuff. The subplots were pretty thin and mixed with mysticism that Child just really didn't pull off. I look for change of some sort in the main character -- they should have a pivotal moment of truth and start or stop doing something. The main character didn't -- he was static during the novel and didn't add much in the way of tension or illumination.

    I think Child should scrap the characters, keep the plot and try again; make me connect with the characters and care about them. There wasn't one character that I really want to know what happens to after the story is over. I also felt trial and tension points of the hero's evolution were weak. Instead of Child pushing you up a mountainside of conflict and reversals, it was more like a bumpy road of problems and resolutions with clumsy foreshadowing. Child is a great author and McClain did a good job of narration.

    So if I am so negative, why am I recommending reading it? Well it is written by Lincoln Child and I am a fan. Plus I return to the idea that the plot is interesting. Give it a listen it won't blow you away; but it does have entertainment value.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unsure: Undead, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    It’s no surprise to Betsy that her trip to Hell with her sister, Laura, landed them in hot water. Betsy isn’t exactly sorry she killed the Devil but it’s put Laura in a damnable position: assuming the role of Satan (she may not have the training but she looks great in red) - and in charge of billions of souls as she moves up in the world. Or is that down? But Betsy herself is in an odd new position as well - that of being a responsible monarch suddenly in charge of all things more earth-bound: like her vampire husband, Sinclair, who has gone from relieved to ecstatic to downright reckless now that he can tolerate sunlight.

    G. House Sr. says: "Weak: Undead Series Loses its Way"
    "Weak: Undead Series Loses its Way"
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    The first half of this book is a wandering series of sentences with no plot or theme. It is absolutely dreadful. You are four hours into listening and you are thinking, "what the hell is this story about -- literally?" The second half of the book at least has a plot (of sorts). I am tempted to think that Davidson mailed this one in, she had half a novel -- the end -- and no way of getting to it, so she just rambled with retreaded early book one-liners till she had enough pages.

    That being said, the second half of the novel was plausible if not disagreeable. Hated the ending, hated the premise of the ending, though Davidson had twisted the characters and motives in a way that well outside the bounds of the story-line well beyond a writers license to twist.

    I have no idea how, if ever, she will recover from the disaster which is book 12. This is a train wreck and I would suggest you avoid it even if you read the whole series. Wait for book 13 if there is one and read them back to back with the hope that 13 will be a resurrection of sorts. I am not holding my breath.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (2401)
    Performance
    (2256)
    Story
    (2247)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
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    The long anticipated book 8 of this epic did not disappoint. Its been a long time since I read her last and I have to say I missed her flowing prose and description. First the plot: in this book she opens and many plot lines as she closes down. One thing I am very satisfied with is her ability to eventually get around to bringing clarity and closure to early open questions. For example, she closes a question raised in book three -- this kind of attention to detail is commendable in a writer and Gabaldon certainly demonstrates her mastery in this work.

    She introduces more characters and lines in this book than I though necessary and I would have liked a little more focus on Roger and Brie and Jamie and Claire shifting some of the attention from Lord John and William -- after all they have their own series. That being said, she still crafts characters that I love and she does it with such grace and art. Got to love Jenny and Rachel and Ean and Dottie. The dialog of plain English was exceptionally well done.

    This book is something to be savored, I though Galbaldon showed more of the human side to Jamie and Claire (certainly how they are ageing) and I very much like they way she did. I've read some criticism about her history and timelines and only say to those critics it is historic romantic F-I-C-T-I-O-N and a great one at that.

    Must listen to book eight. Must listen to the series. Her blog says she hasn't started on book 9 and hints that book 9 might be the last. It will be torture to wait another two years but it will be worth the wait. Davina Porter rocks it out of the park -- who else can do Claire?

    Love the ending -- that all I'll say! Please listen to this series.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (898)

    Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.

    G. House Sr. says: "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"
    "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"
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    We want to learn something new about Stephanie, new about Ranger or Morelli. Yikes, the characters have turned into caricatures. I won't even bother to discuss the plot opening because you can pick any of the last 10 books, change the character names, pick a pedestrian crime of interest and viola you have this plot - yawn.

    Evanovich spiced up the language in this book a bit which was okay and Lorelei Kind did a good job as usual doing Stephanie. But we HAVE to see some forward motion in this series. Wow, now I am interested how long she can keep this series going without conflict or content. Do something Evanovich; give Morelli a love interest that threatens Stephanie and has Step do something; bring Ranger and Morelli to blows; have Stephanie move in with Ranger just to get him out of her system -- anything to stop the boredom.

    At this point, this series is car wreck -- you can't look away. Only listen if you must; otherwise pass. By the way, the movie "One for the Money" didn't help.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Angelic

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (104)

    As a half-demon master of the dark arts, Eve Levine isn't what anyone would call "angelic." That's exactly why the Fates chose her for the job. She's their secret weapon against the forces of evil. However, after five years, Eve is tired of being the designated rebel of the angel corps, expected to break the rules, then being penalized for it. When the leaderless djinn stage an uprising, Eve sees the perfect chance to get herself fired.

    G. House Sr. says: "Excellent short story -- Nice Character Develpment"
    "Excellent short story -- Nice Character Develpment"
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    This short story fits in very nicely with the entire series. The story centers around one of the prime players -- Eve Levine. Armstrong adds to her depth while creating the instant tension needed in a short story. The action is secondary to what you learn about Eve in particular; there is no romance. If you are reading the series, this is a definite must listen. I do not recommend you listen if you have not read the entire series; which or I should say witch is well worth your while.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Half Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Katie Finneran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    "My life is over," Piper DeWitt thinks to herself, awaiting departure in the overcrowded International Terminal of the Philadelphia airport for an overseas business trip, to romantic Paris no less. She watched as her husband, Tosh, put his own suitcase into the trunk of a taxi the day before.

    G. House Sr. says: "Short story dud! Save the credit."
    "Short story dud! Save the credit."
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    A good short story opens in the middle of action, this one did but the action was uninteresting. Originally published in a magazine, I found the premise reasonably but the character utterly unbelievable. Weiner did not convince me that Mrs. Piper DeWitt is believable. She failed to make her argument and to create any sort of conflict or tension. The 1 hour and 11 minutes were a meandering and rumination that is best left unread or in this case un-listened. The only bright spot was the narrator. Save the credit and look elsewhere.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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