This is, so far, the best book I've consumed about writing. Stein's advice is practical and his experience as an editor shows in every sentence and paragraph - yet he uses a humble tone. He successfully includes plenty of examples to clearly get across each point. The book is interesting, lively, extremely well paced and hard to put down. If you are a beginning writer, in fiction genre or nonfiction genre, Stein has real answers for all. He gives the listener concrete niches in which to place information and lessons about writing. He takes you by the hand and shows, while telling, and instead of creating MORE anxiety and insecurity about writing, which is what I have found many writing books end up doing, Stein eases the effort of creating on the page. I listened to this book every chance I had and have already ordered a hard copy. I also ordered some of his novels because this title was so well done. Finally, I cannot say too much about the incredible narration of the book by Christopher Lane who didn't get in the way of the material but in a professional and sincere voice imparted what was on the pages as though he himself had written the book. You cannot go wrong with this title.
Like other reviewers of Harrold's titles, I was at first skeptical but, still, I was desperate to believe that I could retain tons of information for a re-certification exam in medicine. Amazingly, I am remembering the information that I am cramming, 12-16 hours daily, while before listening to this recording it seemed I was too nervous and fearfully negative to allow the information to stick. I kept telling myself I was too old to remember, due to the constant negative input we get in this society about declining mental faculties with age. I discovered my brain is working fine and my memory is intact, plus, with age, so is my understanding!! Thanks Mr. Harrold, it works! I listen at least 3-4 times weekly, while lying in bed, and I fall peacefully asleep to his soothing voice and positive affirmations. Hypnosis worked for me 30 years ago and it is working now. I enthusiastically recommend these recordings and am ordering a few more- weight loss next folks!!