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Michelle

Michelle Huss

LEMON GROVE, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

    Troy says: "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!"
    "Brilliant"
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    Would you listen to William Shakespeare's Star Wars again? Why?

    Yes, without a doubt. The performance drew me into the story. Not everyone will like it, but I loved it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character and always has is Darth Vader. He is mysterious, (well before he became a cute blond boy with a bad hair cut), ruthless and knows how to get a job done, but these are not the reasons I like him. Vader is the symbol that even the worst of us, (me), can find redemption.


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

    Variety. I know I can make up the possible voices inside my mind but listening to the different characters provides that variety. I still enjoy reading the books. I have a kindle fire, I get whisper sync with professional narration. Speaking of which, when will these books become whisper sync?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have always had extreme reactions to Star Wars ever since I was a kid and experienced Star Wars for the first time, I still have extreme reactions as if I read or watched or listened for the first time. Star Wars had and still has a way of capturing my imagination and holding it for long periods of time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love Shakespeare, you will love this audio book and the second one which is also on Audible and I am waiting for The Jedi Returneth to come out and starting to get impatient.I do recommend this book if for nothing else a means to get away for a while and learn the proper King James language and expand your vocabulary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emerald Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brenda Pandos
    • Narrated By Mary Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    To be normal, 16-year-old Julia Parker would shed her empathic gift in a second. Life has been difficult since her mother's mysterious disappearance ten years earlier - an event she witnessed, but can't remember. Julia's situation becomes more complicated after a near death experience from a blood thirsty stalker. As high school students go missing it is clear there is a connection to her own experience - past and present. Someone has to stop the madness....

    Michelle says: "Enjoy this series"
    "Enjoy this series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Emerald Talisman to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I like audio over print due to my busy schedule and prefer the spoken word over music or especially TV


    What other book might you compare The Emerald Talisman to and why?

    Sookie Stackhouse, because the main character is strong and when the main character gets issues from life she stands straight backed and tall. She has an ability that helps give her an edge over those who wish to do her harm.

    Somewhat Twilight except when she has an issue with the opposite sex she has a reasonable time of sadness she does not drone on and on for chapters being depressed and throwing pity parties and disrupting the lives of everyone around her and her life does not end when one she had issues with does not see her.

    I know I am being vague but I do not want to give too much info I like the entire series and do not want to ruin it for anyone.


    What about Mary Morgan’s performance did you like?

    her careful reading and her professional behavior on the mic.


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

    When she learned of her mother and the part the object of her affection had in trying to help her mother.


    Any additional comments?

    I am getting impatient waiting for the next two books in the series.
    I gave only a little bit of information as to not ruin the book for anyone. I enjoyed this series and I want others to enjoy it too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (497)

    The recently orphaned Sisters Grimm find out from their Granny, who they thought was dead, that they're descendents of the legendary Brothers Grimm. Now they must take over the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives in a town where fairy tales are real. Their first case: a giant is destroying the town and it may have something to do with a boy named Jack and a certain famous beanstalk.

    Tina says: "Funny twists"
    "Huge fan of Brother's Grimm, (Sister's Grimm too)"
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    Would you listen to The Fairy-Tale Detectives again? Why?

    ***Not going to be very clear to prevent spoilers***Yes I would this is a fun story. Some of the mystery in the story I picked up right away while other mysteries I missed when I should not have. The characters are well written even the existing characters which large roles are very well written. The bad guys are not the bad guys in this story. but those who are suppose to be good guys are not. The mysteries I missed I understood during the unfolding. I had a lot of fun listening to this book that is not just for kids.I do apologize for the vague description, but I do not want to give anything away from this book or any of the others because they are all great, (all the ones I have read).


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a huge fan of Brother's Grimm and the characters and stories. I still read the Grimm fairy tales. I like how the characters are created even those we know. We see them from many sides and think of them differently. This is very creative and great.


    Have you listened to any of L. J. Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he made the book even more fun


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I did too.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the books I have read of the series and I hope there are many more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2468)
    Performance
    (2326)
    Story
    (2340)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "Better than the first"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have the original audio book of this book, but this one better due to the outstanding performance. I love the performance of this book so much better than the first. The narrator sounds like he is acting not just reading and the narrator got the names and pronunciations correct in this one unlike the first.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have this book in many formats it is my favorite of the Thrawn Trilogy. I like the depth of all the characters


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

    This one is only the second one I have listened to and was okay at seeing him as narrator, but much more pleasantly surprised at how well he narrated this novel. This is an outstanding performance from him. I really like Johnathan Davis as well, but they made a great choice with Mr. Thomson.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    All the above at different and various places. I like when a book draws me in and makes me part of the story instead of just a listener. This book is one of those types of books.


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding book and wonderful performance. Thank you for this outstanding option.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Holy Bible - KJV: Proverbs

    • NONE (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By George W. Sarris (publisher)
    • Narrated By George W. Sarris
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    George W. Sarris is an accomplished actor, narrator, and spokesman. He served on the Board of the Screen Actors Guild in Boston, and has been a spokesman for radio and television commercials and industrial films for companies such as AT&T, BMW, Burger King, Duracell, Honda, Pizza Hut, Sprint, and UPS. Mr. Sarris holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Speech from Northwestern University, and Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

    Michelle says: "Daily Proverb"
    "Daily Proverb"
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    Reading a proverb a day can help you and guide you in what you can do better, what you should do and what you are doing well. When you meditate on God's word daily God will speak to you through His word and allow you do His will in His word and God can then direct your steps in the way He wants you to go. I am trying to read a proverb a day for the next year and try to follow what the book says in hopes of becoming more pleasing to God and delighting in God's word, will and way.

    God bless

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (182)

    The overthrow of the Republic is complete. The Separatist forces have been smashed, the Jedi Council nearly decimated, and the rest of the Order all but destroyed. Now absolute power rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious - the cunning Sith Lord better known as the former Senator, now Emperor, Palpatine. But more remains to be done.

    Alex says: "Audiobook Unleashed"
    "Decent Start"
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    I will try to give my thoughts and opinions on this book without giving away anything that could spoil the book for anyone.

    What I liked about this book; I like the building of the characters and their relationships with each other. I liked the struggles and victories and yes loses various characters experienced. I enjoyed how the plots between story and character steadily moved forward.

    What I did not like about the book; I did not like how Vader was portrayed concerning his ability and place within the force. I would have liked the book to have been unabridged.

    I have read the reviews concerning the second book, but I want to know how the events play out with Starkiller and Juno and Starkiller and Vader and if the plot accurately portrays Vader closely to the story lines some of us knew and loved as children.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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