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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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  • Would You Eat Your Cat?: Key Ethical Conundrums and What They Tell You About Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jeremy Stangroom
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Are you authoritarian or libertarian? Are we morally obligated to end the world? And just what’s wrong with eating your cat? Would You Eat Your Cat? challenges you to examine these and many other philosophical questions. This unique collection of classic and modern problems and paradoxes is guaranteed to test your preconceptions. Jeremy Stangroom creates contemporary versions of famous dilemmas that explore the morality of suicide and the ethics of retribution. He then delves into the background of each conundrum in detail and helps you discover what your responses reveal about yourself.

    irene says: "Not very interesting"
    "Would You? Could You? Should You? - Probably"
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    This short book offers up 25 dilemmas in five differing categories. The author seeks to help you see both sides of the argument by pointing out those arguments that float and those that sink in the philosophical cesspool. By offering a moral barometer and characterizations like 'if you agree with x then you are mostly likely are a kind of y' he attempts to herd the listener into their ethical position. As with most philosophers, the author offers simple mind experiments luring you into a snap answers, then he makes it a tinsy more complex, twists it just so, does a bait and switch and before you know it you are agreeing that a villain should end the world or suicide is okay.

    The organization of the book is problematic for listeners. He first poses each question, one after another, without fluff which loads you with all of these questions, then in part two he deconstructs each one of the 25. For someone listening who does not have a pen and paper while driving down the highway considering whether a 'train conductor should kill one person, five or 500 if the one person is your mother' I found it a touch too overwhelming. You should listen to this book in a place where you can write and jot some notes.

    What's is good: it is brief and to the point. Not so good: as usual philosophers don't seem to see grey, its just this evil, that evil and more evil disguised as evil. Give it a listen, at least you will conclude whether you'll think Buffy is tasty.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Frostbitten: Women of the Otherworld, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (273)

    The Alaskan wilderness is a harsh landscape in the best of conditions, but with a pack of rogue werewolves on the loose, it's downright deadly. Elena Michaels, the Pack's chief enforcer, knows all too well the havoc "mutts" can wreak. When they hear of a series of gruesome maulings and murders outside Anchorage, she and her husband, Clay, journey to Alaska in the dead of winter in order to hunt down the dangerous werewolves.

    Anne says: "Another great one...but"
    "A Alaskan Home Run -- Must Read"
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    This novel more than any others has a theme and premise that you will connect with. In this book we learn about the abuse Elena endured during her childhood, how she dealt with it and how she has become a stronger better person. We also get a full understanding of her growth with Clay. I have to applaud Armstrong for delivering a clean, concise theme without coming off preachy. It was believable and uplifting. This book was by far and away her best and, for me, made the series work while.

    Unlike other series, by book ten you might be questioning the resolve to continue. I highly recommend that you listen to this book. If you've liked the series so far, this one will keep you listening even after you have arrived at you destination. Jen Taylor does her usual excellent job and delivers great performance.

    I am anxious to listen to the next and hope Armstrong continues to belt them out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Living with the Dead: Women of the Otherworld, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (210)

    Robyn Peltier moved to Los Angeles after her young husband's sudden death. Though she's still grieving, the challenges of her new life as the PR consultant to Portia Kane - the world's most famous celebutante wannabe - can sometimes be amusing, even distracting. But when her client is gunned down in a nightclub, Robyn is suddenly on the run as the prime suspect in the murder. And as more bodies pile up around her, it seems like only Hope Adams, Robyn's best friend, and Hope's somewhat spooky boyfriend Karl are on Robyn's side. But it's not the police Hope is worried about, and the only way Hope can keep her friend alive is by letting her enter a world she's safer knowing nothing about.

    Jonathan says: "Great Story brought down by terrible naration"
    "New Blood - Excellent Plot"
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    We meet Hope Adams in this book. Now Hope is a brand new character in the series and plays the main character. She has a pension for Chaos. Through Hope we learn a lot more about Karl Marsden who appeared in earlier books in not so flattering ways. In this work, he make the full transition from bad guy to good guy.

    This series is excellent as the plots vary and keep interest. I like the universe of characters. Armstrong sticks to her theme, premise and does an excellent job of putting a plot around them. I leave it to you to figure out what they are. Jen Taylor's narration is first rate.

    It is a excellent next read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Single by Saturday: Weekday Bride Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (200)

    Karen Jones The petite blonde married a Hollywood star, yet she’s the one who spends every day playing a part: the part of a happy wife. A year ago, she agreed to wed a famous actor to defuse rumors about his personal life. Now, her divorce sits just around the corner, along with a five million dollar payout.

    G. House Sr. says: "An Uplifting Story with a little romance thrown in"
    "An Uplifting Story with a little romance thrown in"
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    Bybee keeps the series new and interesting by changing up the plots in interesting ways. Unlike other series which offer cookie-cutter plots, Single by Saturday is the story of Karen who is a dedicated volunteer to help young teens. The story is about what she is willing to sacrifice for others and a message about how to stand by the people you value in life. Bybee offers example after example of strong support through Karen's actions and the actions of her friends.

    This book has romance but more importantly it shows the value of great friends and family and their value. This book is light on the raw romance and more heavy on relationship aspects and the value of individuals' ethics. I give it a thumbs up and I think the series is alive and thriving.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Redeployment

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Phil Klay
    • Narrated By Craig Klein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Must Read - Fantastic Heart Rendering Shorts"
    "A Must Read - Fantastic Heart Rendering Shorts"
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    This book is a collection of short stories. Each story makes its point but leaves you with something to consider. The author does not preach but offers a perspective the each and every main character's POV in each short. This offers us the opportunity to experience the circumstances first hand and unfiltered. Some of the stories are more traumatic than others. There is a touch of gruesomeness of war, but no more than you would find in a Steven King novel and these stories are real. I like the book precisely because it make you think instead of telling you how it is.

    Although the narrator is good, the transition from one story to the next sometimes jars you as the narrator switch personas without changing voice. It would have been more effective if there were two narrators alternating each short.

    The other thing that will be a little challenging is understanding all of the three letter acronyms. For example FOB mean forward operating base. Luckily I have a good grip on the vocabulary, but for some, you are going to have to use the Internet. My wife, daughter, and boyfriend of daughter are reading it while I listened. It is a part of our book circle. My daughter's boyfriend recommended it and it has been a excellent choice. I would recommend for a club setting. Those you loved Kite Runner may find this book interesting. I give it a thumbs up.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car.

    G. House Sr. says: "Series badly needs to change focus"
    "Series badly needs to change focus"
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    There are so many things about the novel I do not like, I hardly know where to start. The novel starts with seven pennies against a wall and a shooting -- so far so good. But Cornwell does the same, tired thing, she make this whole novel about her inner circle casting doubt on those close to her. With so much intelligence and abilities in her, Benton, Lucy, and Marino, your would like that she could conjure up a plot line that doesn't have one of her own family suspected of stuff (I won't spoil). You see her laying some groundwork for future additions to the series which is okay. She really needs to get out of this self-doubt kick with Scarpetta and get everyone sharing information with each other taking a nasty as hell crime with intricacies like she has done in the past. A little more depth on supporting cast will do and it would be nice to see the character grow a bit -- okay maybe there was a little in this novel, but we need to see more. This plot is tired -- time for a change.

    I love Lorelie King -- but NOT in the Scapetta series. For those of you who know, she narrates the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie is a ditzy comic character. Her voice makes Scapetta sound like Plum and Benton like Joe Morelli -- not a compliment. Go back to having Kate Reading do the narration -- no disrespect to Lorelie King.

    Overall, this story is a meh. Try not to be too disappointed, it's worth the credit but I wouldn't rush to listen to it like I did.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (521)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
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    This novel opens with a surprise on Pendergast's doorstep. This novel explores the Pendergast tree and dig into his history. I liked this aspect. I like that Constance green is back in the picture. The whole series is a modern day Sherlock Holmes series of stories (with many different Watsons). Rene Auberjonis is the long time narrator and does an outstanding performance.

    If you have not read any of these novels, you really have a great deal of work ahead of you. I love these novels because they are heavy on thrill and very light on blood and gore. I recommend you read this latest, more of the Pendergast story is always interesting.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unwary

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Booklist calls MaryJanice Davidson’s New York Times best-selling Queen Betsy series "sexy, steamy, and laugh-out-loud funny". In Undead and Unwary, vampire queen Betsy Taylor and her savvy retinue sink their teeth into a delicious problem - how to out-devil the devil.

    G. House Sr. says: "Davidson breathes new Life into Hell"
    "Davidson breathes new Life into Hell"
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    For the last couple of novels, Davisdson has floundered. But in the last novel she set the stage for a confrontation between Betsy and her sister Laura. In Undead and Unwary, that confrontation plays out. I am please to report that this novel is excellent and a fabulous return to the fun spirited early books which made this series fun. We have a lot to chew on, Betsy matures, Laura doesn't disappoint, Jessica is hilarious, and the aunt and some new friends. Okay, you have to read it for yourself.

    Wu does a fabulous job narrating as always. If you are a fan of the series, do not delay as I did. Another thing I liked in this novel was the way Davidson referred to her previous novels like footnotes instead of summarizing what we already knew -- a great device.
    Go ahead a chomp it on down. You'll be glad you did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Married by Monday: Weekday Brides, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (270)

    Carter Billings: With sandy blond hair and Hollywood good looks, Carter could have any woman he wants. When he makes his bid for governor of California, he knows he must settle down and become a family man. His choice for a running mate between the sheets: matchmaker Eliza Havens. Eliza Havens: Eliza’s happy that her best friend has a wealthy, adoring husband. It’s the husband’s best friend - sexy, dashing Carter Billings - that drives her crazy. No man has ever squabbled with Eliza this much…or made her heart race this fast.

    G. House Sr. says: "Great Feel Good Book - Fresh Plot"
    "Great Feel Good Book - Fresh Plot"
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    I like the fresh plot. Though the romance formula is in tact, Bybee offers and interesting plot in this second of a series. Also, she does a good job laying the groundwork for follow-ons. This novel is self contained, as was Book 1. This series creates a universe and a set of woman within the universe. After listening to two, it is clear where she is going but I think the plot lines will have enough variety to keep one interested.

    As a critique I would liked to have amped up the conflict. I also would have liked to see a little more depth from Eliza -- all in all, a nice listen. Pull up a chair near the fire, surf the web on you iPad and listen away. Eby does a good job narrating. I give it a thumbs up.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • White Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (226)

    Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

    Susan says: "Superb narration"
    "Disjoint Narrative w/Funny Moments Dusted Throuout"
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    White teeth is about two families: Jones and the Icbals. The setting is England in the 60-90s. the plot follows the early development of the families and how they morph and change. If it sounds boring -- it is. The first half of the novel can be deleted and no one would miss a thing. I suggest you start right half way through if I haven't dissuaded you. The only, and I mean only thing that this novel has is hilarious moments dusted throughout here and there like pigeon droppings. Smith manages to turn a phase with the best of them. I very much liked those parts.

    I am sad to say that I didn't feel connected to any of the main characters although a few background characters were entertaining at times. Even the humor couldn't carry this novel over the goal line. If the first part of of the book could be deleted, then the last fifteen minutes covered so much ground I though I was reading a cliff note of a cliff note.

    Who is going to like this novel better that I? My guess is young people (in their twenties) who have an off-beat sense of humor and are into quirky and perhaps a bit of satiric humor. If it weren't for the ha-has, I would have given it a one. Although, I admit Goldfinch was brutally worse coming in at zero stars -- so there is that.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4458)
    Performance
    (1803)
    Story
    (1827)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Complex tale that hits you in the heart"
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    I wasn't sure about this book at first. I really had no concept of how the plot could be held together. The story opens up on the slow side, in my opinion, but rapidly you are drawn into the work. At first you might be thinking the novel is about Henry but then you might change you mind as you get further. Knowledge is power and the shifting tides of time of this novel help you understand how power ebbs and flow with the seasons of life. I was surprised by how central sex was to this novel, of course it was handled tastefully, but the the author did not gloss over how relationships and emotions intertwine with the characters.

    This book is more about the relationship between them than time travel. Time travel is a vehicle to bring poignant moments into focus. Indeed, time travel is the author's tool for cutting out the mundane and focusing on the interesting. There is not a science fiction novel -- this about about two people who find each other and grow. This is about love and despair and sacrifice. I think you should give it a read even if you are little shy about science fiction. It will be enjoyed, in my opinion, by those who have experience with relationships. It more of a coming of age novel than anything else. By the way, I hear there is a squeal in the works.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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