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  • On Writing Well Audio Collection

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By William Zinsser
    • Narrated By William Zinsser
    Overall
    (244)
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    (88)
    Story
    (85)

    This expanded audio collection presents William Zinsser's On Writing Well, the classic teaching book that has sold more than 1 million copies, together with a new 90-minute section that tells you how to write a memoir.

    Kindle Customer says: "Zinsser lays out"
    "Zinsser lays out"
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    What did you love best about On Writing Well Audio Collection?

    Zinsser lays out focal points of good writing in a way that makes sense and is easily applied to writing. I have listened to and read many helpful books on the elements of writing, but this is a good place to start no matter what skill level you are at. Zinsser not only tells you what to do, he shows you. Here are a few other books I have found helpful.

    Stein On Writing, by Sol Stein (if you are serious about writing, get this book, in audio or print).

    The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard.

    Three books by Roy Peter Clark:
    Help! For Writers
    Writing Tools
    The Glamour of Grammar

    The Elements of Style (the original, unedited version by William Strunk).


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

    I have not, but he did well.


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

    I could have, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it was helpful.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3068)
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    (2806)
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    (2831)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "A very good and unique story."
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    Where does Dracula [Audible Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best so far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Jonathan Harker, but Dr. Van Helsing is a close second.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first chapter has quite a few good scenes with Harker in Dracula's castle. The scenes with Dr. Helsing talking of Dracula and his history is interesting as well.


    If you could rename Dracula [Audible Edition], what would you call it?

    The Sacred Wafer! Just kidding. That would be terrible. The beginning first chapter could be it's own mini story called Jonathan Harker's Diary. The first chapter is very possibly my favorite (partly do to the awesome narrator) so I could read and or listen to it by itself.

    It was originally named the UN-DEAD, but I like Dracula far better then that.
    The name just looks cool in red letters and is menacing in itself.

    I don't think things like God's Unholy is better then the simply evil Dracula.
    The full name of Dracula could be used for a book specifically about him in his younger years right before he become a vampire. Since Bram Stoker is long past deceased his great great (possibly more great) grandchild (I forget his name but he is also a writer and has written a sequel to Dracula,) could write it.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the story. The way in which it is told (through letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, ship's logs) lends realism to the story and a kind of off kilt feeling to the events that gives a unique and observing experience.

    I am not really a fan of horror, but I would suggest this to anyone looking for a good story well told and a new experience in storytelling.

    Bram Stoker is one of many talented Irish Writers.
    Dracula is known by many as his most remarkable work

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bram_Stoker

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