I loved the first chapter. Then everything fell apart for me and never came back together again. While the author covered a lot of ground in the story, the character development was exceedingly flawed. The great grandaughter was the worst though all of them just picked up character traits like one would collect lint, without rhyme or reason. I think the author tried to make good points about the development of Texas and I just wished those points had been wrapped in a better story. I had intended to get American Rust but didn't bother after this disappointment.
I can't imagine anyone who would enjoy this book.
Write a decent book.
There wasn't a single thing about this book that was enjoyable and the reader was pretty bad as well.
The plot was poor and the dialogue was was like dogs barking. The supposed love story was adolescent and unmoving.
I loved the slow and easy pace of the story. It took a little while to grab hold but once it did, every day it would draw me in and rock me in its beautiful language.
When Jack's wife died and they finally had a moment of closeness and understanding with each other after a lifetime of quiet unhappiness.
Having heard Wendell Berry speak, Paul made me believe that it was the wonderful author doing the reading.
I entered so deeply into this world that it took me days to want to read anything else.
I would love it if audible offered more of Berry's non fiction such as "What Matters- Economics for a renewed Commonwealth" and "Bringing it to the Table".
I love stories set in a cold stormy location and ones that allow me to look at my own reactions to things I have not previously considered. I knew there would be little happiness but the storytelling and the language was a complete treat.
For me it was the fact that the author found and used records that were ambiguous at best and constructed a story that told a different truth than the verdict the courts imposed. Their world was so hard and joyless but I was never depressed by it.
Perfect pitch and pace for this story.
I will happily read anything Hannah Kent writes.
I feel so lucky that these presentations have been captured by Audible and made available to writers everywhere. One reviewer said of his books that it was like going fishing. What a great way to spend an afternoon.
I love hearing about the world Elmer Kelton inhabited. He is so genuine that I really do wish I could have known him. You may not learn how to write but you will get to how he experienced life.
After reading King's memoir on writing, I thought I would give this a try and it was fantastic. What a bright, articulate man he is and so enjoyable to listen to.
I have her original book, thanks to Anne Lamott's recommendation but now the audible version makes everything complete. I can listen to Brenda's inspiring words whenever I have a minute and they not only change the way I write but the way I live. The narrator is absolutely fantastic. Thank you, thank you.
This mini books captures two great teachers and like Vogler's Using Myth, I took notes all the way through. If you are learning to write fiction, run, don't walk, to get your copy. Kudos Audible and please do more of these as many of us can't get out to the conferences.
This presentation is taken from a Chris Vogler segment at a writer's conference. It is just fantastic, packed full of such good information that I took notes all the way through and of course laughed my head off at Chris's great sense of humor. I pray that Audible will do more "mini books" like this one especially on writing.
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