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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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  • Stolen: Women of the Otherworld, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Nell Canning
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (486)

    In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, Elena Michaels is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the "other races" and their supernatural powers. Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormals - witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves - are then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game.

    Jay says: "great story...wrong choice for narrator"
    "Monotonous in the Middle -- Listen for Continuity"
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    This the second in a series by Kelley Armstrong. I especially like the werewolf world she has created. It is balanced, has ethics, rules and respect. Elaina is the central character in book two and you get to see her develop in her thinking an emotions on the positive side. On the negative side, the story drags on and becomes transparent in the final push to the end. Armstrong lost the central conflict in and the back half was an anti-climax.

    Nell Canning was outright horrible. She made Elaina sound like a forty-year-old chain smoker. Often, I had trouble distinguishing who was speaking and her dialog skills were a mess. This is a big miss for her.

    I liked the first book a great deal, and the second book brought forth some characters that also appealed. This is why I gave it three-stars. If not for the new characters, it would have rated lower. I appreciate the central premise and will continue with the series for now. Listen to this one for continuity purposes.

    3 of 4 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
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    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
  • Thirteen: Women of the Otherworld, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (319)

    A war is brewing - the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half-brother from supernatural medical testing, but he's fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing. Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength - a strength she never knew she had - as she fights to keep her world from shattering.

    Amazon Customer says: "LOVED IT!!"
    "A fitting end to a fabulous series"
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    In this last book of the series, all of the characters make their final appearances and contribute to a complex plot. Armstrong manages to spin a yard of thriller intrigue that has you seeing death, rebirth, renewal and endings. I am very happy with the endings and how loose ends are tied up. Savannah is the main protagonist, along with Adam, they go up against a group intent on killing tens of thousands of innocents.

    I will miss these characters. The narrator, Parker, finishes with a stellar performance. This series will appeal to those who like a supernatural bent to their romances. The supernatural is not over the top and is definitely swapped out by the thriller aspect. I recommend the whole series. Nice job Armstrong.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spell Bound: Women of the Otherworld, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (340)

    At last, in the novel every Kelley Armstrong fan will need to own, all the major heroines and heroes of Otherworld are united. It's been 10 years since Bitten, the first novel in Kelley Armstrong's New York Times best-selling Otherworld series. In that time hundreds of thousands of fans have ravenously devoured the adventures of Armstrong's witches, demons, and werewolves. Now, in Spell Bound, she brings them all together for her most sweeping tale yet.

    G. House Sr. says: "Will Savanna Grow-up -- The Big Question"
    "Will Savanna Grow-up -- The Big Question"
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    I didn't realize that this series was going to end with a trilogy focused on Savannah. In this second to last book, Savannah finds herself without her powers and really questioning herself about her own self worth. It's a little disconcerting to she her confidence stripped away and then slowly build. Will she admit her feeling for Adam, will she escape? What will happen in the third book?

    Okay, Armstrong does a great job with this second of the trilogy and next to last book of the series. This is a must read and I move on with eagerness to the third and last. This is a must read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saint Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (1198)
    Story
    (1200)

    Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

    G. House Sr. says: "The Ends Justifies the Means"
    "The Ends Justifies the Means"
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    We have walked the path with Odd Thomas for quite some time. In the first book in Pico Mundo he loses his Stormy, the love of his life, and we meet Bodocks. Next, evil in an old Hotel then on to defeating a corrupt genius in a monastery. We move to Magic Beach where he meets Ana-Marie an enigma in her own right and a nice addition to the story. On to bring down a house of horrors and everlasting life, on to cults and Edie Fisher (another great character) and finally leading us to his last adventure. Throughout his walk, we have laughed at his wit and turn of phrase, enjoyed his humility and his adventures. Through his friends we can feel for him and through his enemies we admire him. I would like to think that Koontz wanted us to see a little of ourselves in Odd and perhaps for us all to have something to aspire to.

    I very much enjoyed the series, if you peel back some of the supernatural facade, Koontz presents us with a cohesive theme and plot line throughout. This is a thoroughly uplifting series about love, humility, respect, determination, and love. I applaud Koontz for bringing the series to closure, so many authors let series linger. During the entire series, Baker has been a great voice of Odd Thomas. The first book was made into a movie and although true to the novel, I like the novel much better.

    These books will appeal to everyone of all ages that have a bent for the supernatural. I challenge those who are not so taken with the genre to give the first one a read because the characterization off Odd is so worth the journey. I loved in the last novel all of the loose ends are tied and we understand things. I can't give this series a higher recommendation. Read this series and you might get hooked on other Koontz’s novels. Another one of my favorites is Innocent. Please start with novel one and give them a go.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5381)
    Performance
    (4756)
    Story
    (4732)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "If you loved Steelheart you will love Firefight!"
    "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
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    I have waited and waited for the sequel. After loving the first installment, which is a bit of a cliffhanger in some respects, I was looking for an engaging follow-on -- and this one delivered. The Reckoners are back. After killing Steelheart in book one, they focus on a new Epic in good old New York City. Except the city is new called Babylon Restored and I will say is that is involves water but no more.

    Sanderson paints another stunning mini-universe in Babylon that is just as impressive as Newcago. We get some new Reconkoners as well in the new high epic to have. MacLead Andrews narrated the last novel and he pulls out another excellent performance in this once as well.

    If you are a fan of Divergent, Hunger Games, X-Men, and YA type novels in general , you will love this series. Since this is only book two, I highly suggest you go back and read book one before you read this one or you are going to 1) get too many spoilers for book one early on in this book; 2) miss a ton of back story that is needed to really appreciate this installment; and 3) well, book one is great. What are you waiting for?

    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Waking the Witch: Women of the Otherworld, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (231)

    Savannah Levine, sorceress, i's having a hard time convincing her adoptive parents, Paige and Lucas, to take her seriously as an adult. She's working as the research assistant at the detective agency they founded, and when they take off on a romantic vacation alone, leaving her in charge, Savannah finds herself itching for a case to call her own. Suddenly, she gets the chance she's been waiting for: Recruited by another supernatural detective, she travels to Columbus, Washington, a small, dying town.

    G. House Sr. says: "Outstanding Plot and Theme"
    "Outstanding Plot and Theme"
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    Alright, we are on book 11 and this series is going strong. Of particular note is the strong plot. I have to admit, I did not guess what was going to happen in this latest installment by Armstrong. This novel is the first one to center in Savannah where she is the clear protagonist/hero of the story. We are getting a very much humanized (pardon the irony) view of her personality and the changes which differential her from Paige and her mother Eve.

    This book has absolutely no sex in it and is really all about character development and interaction and the deepening complexion Savannah's thinking. One key in a novel such as this is how complex the characters are and how they interact -- and it is excellent in this installment. This novel is all about the complex interactions of the small group of characters. Paige and Lucas are on vacation we see a little of Adam.

    If you are a fan other series you are really going to like this one. My recommendation -- start listening immediately.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1014)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "A Window onto DoD and the times"
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    I like the book a great deal. First, it is read mostly by Gates and you get a real sense for the man and his mission. I like that I could connect what was happening in the news with his account form the inside. I found his characterizations of the politicians and senior military particularly enlightening, sometimes disappointing, but offered with a sense of realism that I enjoy.

    Anyone who loves contemporary history will find this work fascinating. Unlike MacNamera's mia colpa from Viet Nam, Gates tells it like he sees it. He is the only recent Secretary of Defense to serve under two presidents of differing parties. It is a good listen if only for this reason. I highly recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dreaming Yourself Awake: Lucid Dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga for Insight and Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By B. Alan Wallace, Brian Hodel (editor)
    • Narrated By Tom Pile
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Some of the greatest of life’s adventures can happen while you’re sound asleep. That’s the promise of lucid dreaming, which is the ability to alter your own dream reality any way you like simply by being aware of the fact that you’re dreaming while you’re in the midst of a dream. There is a range of techniques anyone can learn to become a lucid dreamer - and this audiobook provides all the instruction you need to get started.

    G. House Sr. says: "Very useful even if it just to get a better sleep"
    "Very useful even if it just to get a better sleep"
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    This book is a description of the process to meditation and how to apply it to dreaming. I found the instructions clear the author gets to the point very quickly. Even if you are not going to go through the whole program, I found much of the advice interesting and applicable better sleep in general.

    This book will potentially help anyone who has trouble falling off to sleep or trouble with stress and sleep. I would definitely give it a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Never Far Away: Never Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anie Michaels
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Ella wakes up to a world turned upside down, recovering both physically and emotionally from attacks she can't remember. Her only memory from the past weeks is a nameless voice that echoes in her mind, causing her heart to ache and her soul to seek "Him. "Living a life without Ella is no life at all, and Porter decides to do whatever it takes to remind her of their love. Recognizing Porter without remembering him, Ella reacquaints herself with this gorgeous man, their explosive chemistry, and the possibilities that lie ahead.

    Julie says: "Beautiful story well told"
    "Shold have follow my own advice to pass"
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    The first book left us in a cliff hanger situation with Ella having amnesia and she not remembering anything that happened in the entire book -- the end. Okay, so I'll admit to being curious, and we know what killed the cat. This book is 10hrs, the central tension was resolved in the first 30 minutes, then 9 hours of rambling through God awful dialog. If I had 10 cents for every time the Ella and Porter declared their love to each other, I would fund my audible reading library for life. It is a pity, because I do see flashes of talent in Ms. Michaels. She has just go to work on dialog and develop depth in her characters.

    As a second book, this was a big yawn. Put up a hand if you didn't think everything wasn't perfectly predictable. Anyone? Anyone? I thought not. I went through the middle nine hour desert hoping for something but only barely mediocre conflict poured into my ears. She relies on too cliched devices: letters (for example). Michaels has to amp up the tension, there is only so many times the two can fall into bed even for a romance novel.

    If you read book one, then okay, do as I did. Flip a coin. But it would save you 10 hours if you just say, "self, how would I want this to turn out?" then smile and pick another novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Never Close Enough: Never, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anie Michaels
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    The last thing Ella Sinclair needed on her birthday was a cheating boyfriend, a broken heart, and a dead car battery in a remote beach town. At her greatest moment of need, the protective and sexy Porter Masters comes to her rescue. Ella takes a holiday week at the coast to discover herself and finds that her attraction to Porter is potent and undeniable. Uncertain of their future together, Ella struggles to open her heart to trust again.

    Julie says: "I didn't want it to end!"
    "Stilted Dialog, Unrealistic Plot, Not Well done"
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    The first thing to grab you about this novel is the atrocious dialog. Not that the words themselves are inappropriate, more that the dialog is stilted and has a hollow empty feeling to the repartee. Timing is always a challenge in novels especially in novels where the time period is so brief. Michaels does a horrendous job in handling time and making a credible argument for her plot.

    Throughout the novel the conflicts were not intense and obstacles were easily knocked down and resolved involving a simple conversation or foreseeable even. Even her sister was so easily turned around as to tax belief. As for the end of the novel, it was easy to guess in what direction things were heading; the interactions at the end of the book not don't make sense at all -- none. there were numerous breaking of character which is never great in the final six minutes. It was as if she decided, oh hey, my publisher is giving me a contract for a sequel, I've got to do something that will give me a starting point. Let me throw in some non-nonsensical behavior not seen in the last 98% of the pages so I have something to work with.

    So wow, this novel is a train wreck. Yet, a train wreck with unresolved a who-dun-nit. Also in a train wreck it is hard to look the other way. Is it worth another 10 plus hours of her style on a plot that has great potential, or should I jut cut my losses? I don't know. I don't recommend this novel if you haven't already bought it. If you bought it, be prepared to be in a quandary about the sequel. I''m going to flip a coin to decide to go on. If I lose, I might make it best of three.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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