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Anthony William Schillaci

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  • Jaws

  • By: Peter Benchley
  • Narrated by: Erik Steele
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,568

Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was number 48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted number-one spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, but not for the obvious reason

  • By John M on 07-21-10

Jaws: The Review

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

One word summary: Uncomfortable

There were so many parts of this book that made me feel uneasy. The characters are bitter and rarely likeable. This book is less about a shark and more about cynicism, conflict, and greed.

I dont think that takes away from the story. The characters are interesting and have some depth and development. Benchley paints a good picture of the mind for the reader, and provides lots of environmental detail and character feelings. The dialogue is a little broken and bland in some parts, but it isnt confusing.

Good book, I read it numerous times as a boy and yeah I realize now I was probably too young for that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: Most Wanted

  • By: Rae Carson
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

Set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss. When the job goes disastrously wrong, Han and Qi'ra are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A solid if uninspired Star Wars adventure

  • By Joey on 05-25-18

Another win for the new canon

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Saskia delivers another stellar performance in this exciting story that explores the origin of Han and Qi'ra's relationship and their first adventures together.

I like it for its emotional character development, everyone experiencing some sort of heartbreak or loss in the ruthless underworld of Corellia.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last Shot

  • Star Wars
  • By: Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson, Daniel José Older, January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,221

It's one of the galaxy's most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren't your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize - first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's a letdown and boring

  • By Brien on 04-19-18

Lando's back in this buddy adventure story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-18

My interest in finishing this story waned, but the conclusion was a feel-good moment. January LaVoy and Marc Thompson deliver exceptional performances, but Older needs a bit more time under his belt. His performance is a one trick pony, humorous but sometimes dull and confusing. That said, Older shines in the first-person as seen in the Star Wars "A Certain Point of View" short story collection that he was a part of.

I think overall this book is a good introduction to the Solo movie (as I'm writing this the movie is currently 2 weeks away from its release date.) But most importantly it dives deeper into the history and personalities of Lando and Han.

  • Thrawn (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,811

In this definitive novel, listeners will follow Thrawn's rise to power - uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice To Have Thrawn Back, But...

  • By Michael Hicks on 09-06-17

I hope there's more to the story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-17

Excellent narration performance yet again by Marc Thompson. His performances of Thrawn and Eli are fantastic polarizations, and his versatility shines with the Emperor and Governor Pryce.

I like what Zahn did with Thrawn in this book. He is shown to be a man of honor, one who upholds the law, which casts another perspective on the character and Imperials in general.

I felt like the ending was a bit shoehorned in and I wish his last promotion was less predictable. I like how the story bookends into Rebels, and I can't wait to see what Dave Filoni has in store for the 4th & final season of the show.

What will happen to Thrawn (and Vanto for that matter) in the end? We can only hope there will be more chapters to their story.

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,281

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

A seemingly unfinished idea, yet...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-17

An interesting take, almost an alt-history-sequel of TKAM. I suggest going into the story knowing there will be continuity differences between both books, and radically different character traits. Witherspoon's narration is one of the best I've heard period, and I hope to hear more of her works in the future.

I feel like this book was never released because somewhere between writing this and "TKAM" Lee's perspective, maturity, and experience changed, and I think she wanted to forever define her characters in the ways that we know them from To Kill A Mockingbird.

Read it and enjoy it.

  • Star Wars: Ahsoka

  • By: E. K. Johnston
  • Narrated by: Ashley Eckstein
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,606

Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars and before she reappeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa - and the Rebel Alliance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The highs were high! But the lows, very low.

  • By K Michael on 11-03-16

Blast it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-16

A fantastic story well-written and well-performed. I only wished we were able to plunge deeper into the feelings and relationships of Ahsoka. This book is ripe for a 3 or 4 part series.

  • Furiously Happy

  • A Funny Book About Horrible Things
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,283

Audie Award, Humor, 2016. In Furiously Happy, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small doses.

  • By Shawna on 10-18-15

Furiously Funny #387

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-16

Not sure how many previous reviews already had the same title, but 387 seemed like a good number.

It took me awhile to get through the book, but that's only because I too have severe white coat syndrome and that part of the book nearly made me faint. Do they make a pill for that?

It was good.

Funny.

Real helpful.

But seriously... those pills? Anyone?

  • I Know What I'm Doing - and Other Lies I Tell Myself

  • Dispatches from a Life Under Construction
  • By: Jen Kirkman
  • Narrated by: Jen Kirkman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 524

Jen Kirkman wants to be the voice in your head that says, "Hey, you're okay. Even if you sometimes think you aren't! And especially if other people try to tell you you're not." In I Know What I'm Doing - and Other Lies I Tell Myself, Jen offers up all the gory details of a life permanently in progress. She reassures you that it's okay to not have life completely figured out, even when you reach middle age (and find your first gray pubic hair!).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now that's entertainment

  • By Keiran McLaren on 03-20-17

"Ya don't seem very funny, tell me a joke"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-16

You are a master of words Jan Kirkland, and I'm one of your biggest fans. You were in my town last week but I didn't know you were coming. I wish you had other books or maybe even a podcast or something. I hope you make it big someday.

Well written, well-spoken, lots of laughs, and lots of cringey moments just like this one.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Bassoon King

  • My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy
  • By: Rainn Wilson
  • Narrated by: Rainn Wilson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094

For nine seasons Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute, everyone's favorite work nemesis and beet farmer. Viewers of The Office fell in love with the character and grew to love the actor who played him even more. Rainn founded a website and media company, SoulPancake, that eventually became a best-selling book of the same name. He also started a hilarious Twitter feed (sample tweet: "I'm not on Facebook" is the new "I don't even own a TV") that now has more than four million followers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite narration!

  • By Johanna on 11-13-15

As a former bassoonist...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-16

I highly recommend this funny, witty, humble autobiographical story. Rainn's life is an adventure in the purest sense, and he tells it so honestly. I laughed (a lot), shed a tear (just one), and admittedly had to pause during the one gory scene (thanks for the forewarning).
I would also like to thank parenthetical statements for existing, and I may or may not have written this review in hopes that Mr. Wilson, in case you are reading this, would want to play Dungeons & Dragons with me and my not-weirdo friends.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Single Ladies

  • Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
  • By: Rebecca Traister
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton, Rebecca Traister - introduction
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816

In a provocative, groundbreaking work, National Magazine Award finalist Rebecca Traister, "the most brilliant voice on feminism in this country" (Anne Lamott), traces the history of unmarried women in America who, through social, political, and economic means, have radically shaped our nation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, destroyed by narration

  • By Theresa Holleran on 03-06-16

A must-read for every man

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-16

This is the most influential book/piece of journalism I have read on women in my adult life. That might mean I need to "get out more", but to say it has reshaped my views (as a man) on women, marriage, and singlehood would be an understatement. Even the relationships between the female members of my family and I have improved drastically in the last few weeks.

I'm terrible at reviews, I don't care.

MEN, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful