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Joseph Schifilliti

joe the shmoe

Georgia | Member Since 2004

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  • The Jefferson Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (732)

    Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing....

    Eric says: "Great listen; great narration, worth the credit"
    "A silly piece of fluff"
    Overall

    Not even Scott Brick can make dramatic a story as silly as this. Skip this one.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (503)

    In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

    MJ says: "Best in this series"
    "I like that f*#!%n Flowers"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Deadline to be better than the print version?

    It was a great performance, so I believe the audiobook has its singular charms


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The town whore was an interesting minor character


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    I've heard enough of this series that he IS Virgil Flowers


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without giving anything away, I enjoy the "regular guy" side of the main character


    Any additional comments?

    The interplay of this books main character and and the related series with Lucas Davenport is an added aspect that is for some reason quite enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2103)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1499)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "SciFi Theology"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Calculating God the most enjoyable?

    Imagining the otherness of extraterrestrials along with the similarities


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert J. Sawyer before, how does this one compare?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The explanation of how our sense of mathematics is related in part to our anatomy. Maybe not so much a great scene but a curious insight


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    God is real and not what you think


    Any additional comments?

    I applaud the effort. It is hard enough to try to make science fiction seems plausible. Trying to add god into the mix would seem wholly unworkable. I think this is well done in that regard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Shortly after Army lawyer Sean Drummond starts working for the Office of Special Projects, a CIA cell which handles the most dangerous threats, the White House Chief of Staff is found brutally murdered. A note left by the killer promises more victims, including the President.

    William says: "The President's Assassin--A Killer Read!"
    "Goofy story, thank goodness for Scott Brick"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Brian Haig and/or Scott Brick?

    The only thing that saved this performance was Scott Brick's reading. The author seems to have written a story of silly one dimensional idiots who eventually morph into two dimensional goofs. If the Secret Service, FBI, CIA and politicians are this stupid there is little hope for the country.


    Has The President's Assassin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Love the genre, but I am embarrassed when the characters are this petty and silly.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Scott Brick is a welcome voice and an excellent narrator but there is only so much he can be expected to do with this flimsy tale


    Do you think The President's Assassin needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Noooooooooooo


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7018)
    Performance
    (6506)
    Story
    (6521)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Here's Dannnnyyyyy"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Stephen King can be trusted to take you to the edge of the chasm of hell and then drop you in. And then miraculously bring you home.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sympathy I came to feel for the evil ones, The True Knot.


    Who was the most memorable character of Doctor Sleep and why?

    Abra


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1075)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (425)

    Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform.

    Stephen says: "No connection to new heroine"
    "When will the bad guys learn?"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty?

    Typically I love Baldacci and McLarty but the story was so cliched. I imagined that Baldacci wrote it on a dare to be trite.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    Yes, but my impression of him has gone way down. I would be very choosy.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ron rocks, as always


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It attempted to answer the question of how many bad guys would make the mistake of given our heroine one last word.


    Any additional comments?

    Goofy premise, absurd plot, ridiculous details.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (563)

    The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

    Elicka says: "Inflection of narrator really annoying"
    "History revisited as an intimate insider"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Presidents Club?

    I felt like I was allowed inside an amazing secret society.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Whether I loved these individuals or not, I had a new appreciation for the sheer terror the office of President must often present.


    What does Bob Walter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading brings a lyrical timing to the prose much like Sinatra did for a song.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4293)
    Performance
    (3678)
    Story
    (3675)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "A depressing little world"
    Overall
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    Story
    What would have made Defending Jacob better?

    Better character development of Jacob


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Art of Fielding


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s voice?

    Better for comedy


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The legal thriller aspect had some minimal attraction for me. However, that is at the heart of my criticism. This book is not certain what it wants to be. Not a legal thriller. Not a love story. Not a coming of age saga. Basically, I did not think it was much of anything.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zero Game

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (155)

    Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are playing a mysterious game. It's a game almost no one knows about: not their friends, not their coworkers, and certainly not their bosses, who are some of the most powerful senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill.

    Rodney says: "Great political novel"
    "Zero Game is complete absurdity"
    Overall

    I enjoy Scott Brick and this author can occasionally turn a phrase, but overall I would have rather saved the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2834)
    Performance
    (1350)
    Story
    (1360)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Be Careful what you wish for..."
    Overall

    I seriously wanted another Odd Tomas book. Unfortunately, I should have been willing to wait until Mr Koontz had the time to develop a more reasonable story. The character and the tale are stretched in ways rather unimaginable to the Odd Thomas we found in the first 3 books. Certainly the character and the narrator are enjoyable. However, if the first story of the series were this weak and uninspired I doubt there would be a reason to generate a follow up book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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