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dawnfyre

Buffalo, NY USA | Member Since 2013

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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (612)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!"
    "Behold, a Tale Most Excellent Doth Unfold!"
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    What did you love best about William Shakespeare's Star Wars?

    It was fun to tie the phrases the author used back to other Shakespearean works. I was disappointed when Darth Vader's response to being flung out into space was only, "what's this." I was hoping to hear him say something more along the lines of, "my Empire for a stabilizer!"


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

    R2D2 plays the role of the Fool to its fullest and the internal monologues were sculpted from a solid character building stock.


    Any additional comments?

    Leia's mournful song after the destruction of Alderan was the only bit where I reached for my fast forward. Truthfully, that was the only part that stretched the linking too far in my mind's eye. Well, that and in some cases my ear picked out a modern phrase that stuck out for a moment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freehold: Freehold, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Z. Williamson
    • Narrated By Molly Elston
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne.

    Philip says: "Robert Heinlein reincarnated?"
    "Bureaucracy vs Libertarians on a Planetary Scale"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Freehold to be better than the print version?

    I've read the print version and the accents were the only thing that threw me. There were some sections that I skipped in the print version that I listened through.


    What other book might you compare Freehold to and why?

    The level of war and military detail are very similar to the Hammer's Slammers series.


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

    The accents. She held them faithfully throughout the book but they weren't what I had in my mind when I read the book.


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

    No. There is too much detail and action for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book before there was a series. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the other stories!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1141)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    Theresa says: "Enjoyable Story Ruined by Awful Narrator!"
    "Fun twist on Love, Magic and Yankees!"
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    Great reading combined with a whimsical take on magic in the modern day made for a story I actually stayed up late to finish listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1782)
    Story
    (1785)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riveting military sci-fi"
    "Compelling Space Opera but choppy reading"
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    Would you listen to Ark Royal again? Why?

    Absolutely! Lister's reading, while a bit choppy for my taste, does not detract from the story. The story itself is compelling and will have more "nuggets" with each listen. For the first time since first reading the Honor Harrington series by David Weber, I finally have a story & series that I can return to over time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Without a doubt the major characters are thoroughly developed, but not with flash-backs or exposition. You learn about them as the story progresses and grow to appreciate them.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ralph Lister?

    I plan to get the rest of this series so, yes. He's got a good voice and does well distinguishing some of the characters (not so well for others) and maybe it's just the full-on British accent that sounded stilted to me.


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

    I wouldn't say extreme but one side-plot among the starfighter CAG and one of his squadron commanders was a bit wrenching.


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely not a story you can listen to with kids in the car! Most of the time you think it's safe except for some language issues, however there are some graphic sex scenes in other parts that come out of nowhere.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    Hot on the heels of the New York Times bestseller William Shakespeare's Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jed Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. These two plays offer essential listening for all ages.

    Amazon Customer says: "Liked the first one? You'll love the sequel."
    "What Fun or Behold! The Wookie Doth Sing"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back?

    It's a toss-up between the dialogue between the AT-AT units during the Battle of Hoth or the banter between the guards and asides brought out by all of the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interaction with Yoda.


    Any additional comments?

    You read the title correct. In the first book Leia sang at the destruction of Alderaan and it set my teeth on edge. Here we are serenaded after Han's carbonite encasement by both Leia and Chewbacca. The sound effects are better and the side comments are fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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