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Missouri | Member Since 2017

  • 2 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 793 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2018

  • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Bayles, Ted Orland
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing free will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.

    zozobraswife says: "Amazing!"
    Where does Art & Fear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one that I will return to again and again like a mantra. I'm so happy that it is available in audio now. I can listen to it driving back and forth to the day job - the job that allows me to buy any art supplies I need but keeps me too busy to remember where my studio is and too tire to go there when I do remember.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Art & Fear?

    "The hardest part of artmaking is living your life in such a way that your work gets done, over and over..."

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

    No. This performance would be my first for him.

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

    "It is easier to paint in the angel's feet to another's master-work than to discover where the angels live within yourself."

    Any additional comments?

    I've read Art & Fear two or three times over the last several years. My paperback copy is worn and underlined. It's a book I go back to when I get stuck in my art. Yesterday, I was looking for my copy, couldn't find it and turned to Audible. I was thrilled to find it here! The prose is sometimes beautiful and sometimes sarcastic. The writers don't take themselves too seriously. That being said, they never fail offer the encouragement I need when I start doubting my artistic integrity.

    30 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Passion, Betrayal, and Killer Highlights

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The last time Sophie saw sexy P.I. Anatoly Darinsky, he practically danced a jig when she waved goodbye; a normal reaction for a man who'd nearly bought the farm trying to protect her from her own foolishness. What are the chances he'd agree to take incriminating pictures of her sister's philandering husband? Or that he'd let her tag along, you know, for research?

    Jessica says: "Great Chick Lit Mystery"
    "Good Narration! Vapid Storyline?"

    I enjoyed Gabra Zackman's narration. I purchased this book based on Ms. Zackman's skill alone during Audible's recent "first in a series" sale. (I think it was actually the 2nd book in this series so I'm a little miffed about that one.) I adored Gabra's work with Maria V. Snyder's Study Series.

    I love Jane Austen. I love the urban fantasy genre. I like a good mystery. I really have a broad range of literary likes. I didn't find many redeeming qualities in this story. If you want a really light read with some humor and a VERY predicable storyline, download it. Keep in mind that even mild mannered listeners will want to slap Sophie's sister Leah before the book is done. If you want humor, solid character development and interesting plot twists that keep you guessing and interested, check out Kim Harrison, Maria V. Snyder, Charlaine Harris, Sarah Addison Allen or Carrie Vaughn. I don't think I'll download another in this series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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