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.
talking about how to write an outline.
Too much talk about story philosophy. Not really about writing an outline. Gave up.
Cannot say, since I don't have the print version.
Not applicable- non fiction book
I don't know
I have listened to this book over and over throughout the years, having first downloaded the series from the Great Courses website, and as I gain in knowledge, about the writing craft, I find this series more and more valuable to my growth as a writer, picking up new details I'd previously missed, with each listen. For those who find the lectures too pedantic, I'd suggest checking out Writing123 dot com, which too is based upon the same concepts presented in this series, as laid out by Francis Christensen. You will get a simpler graded set of lessons to help you master the cumulative sentence structure. This is a college level course, and the professor has to present a complete background in order to make it academic, but the 123 website, on the other hand, offers a simpler road to the treasure,The brilliance of this book is in the details, and details are perfect for the writer-philosopher. Please do not rush through the lessons, but instead, take one at a time, then master the concepts, and then move on to the next lesson. That is my opinion on how to best gain from this audible book. Have paper and pen at hand.
A refreshing break.
He read his own book, which most of the time is great, if the book is excellent, as this was, and the author confident in his knowledge, like this guy.
Everything. It's non-fiction so the performance was less relevent than a drama.
I don't know- too much to write. I don't like the question.
Just liked the book a lot. He's straightforward, anxious to share information to find real talent, an knows his field. He is my favorite character. Wish he gave more examples though.
I couldn't listen long enough to comment on the entire plot, because the writing was so stereotypical and pedestrian. I am sick and tired of black women being portrayed as desperate whores and sexual animals. When the first character encountered women on the stoop of her complex, they sounded like B in heat. What made it worse is that they were married. Then the married woman climbs stairs, cannot catch her breath, but perseverates on and on about this guy being so attractive and sexy that she was willing to entertain sexual fantasies about him, without knowing him, and go on and on about what she wanted to do with and to him. In the middle of respiratory failure, this guy asks her if she's all-right, and her mind leaves her physical distress as she lusts after some stranger? Please. give me something with plot twists and depth, and dialog between human beings and not people ready to jump into bed with people less familiar than even strangers. How far the mighty have fallen.
Not at all.
There were no favorites, at all. No insight, predictable, and formulaic.
Nothing. The narrators are accomplished actors and voice-over-greats.
It seems like some non-black wrote the book, or some black person who has joined the band-wagon of portraying black women as lust-ridden-animals, abandoning all logical thoughts or action in order to think or act on endless lust. I could not finish the book-junk in, junk out. I am longing to read meaningful stories by substantive black authors, but I suppose such books could never pass the muster of the system of you-know-what, in the West. If you portray all black men as criminals, all black women as sex crazed whores, then I guess you have a best seller. Also, in most black books, black people have miserable lives, etc,, which is why I rarely buy fiction books written by modern black authors. This is my opinion. I have found, with rare exceptions, that nothing in any form of media, save the occasional honest documentary, or actual lectures on YouTube, remotely reflects the real lives and characters of actual black people, who are the most diverse group on earth, Give me something where they aren't criminals, or downtrodden by racism, or sex-crazed-dogs, or on drugs. I guess that's what sells, but I'm not buying.
In my opinion, the strength of the Monk TV series, like the series, "House", is the special skills the main character possesses. I don't want to here from the whiny assistant, nor do I care about her point of view. I expected hard core Monk, spotlighting his point of view and his many skills and special diagnostics of criminals and their acts, which were lacking, as far as I could see. I was so agitated and frustrated with the narrator's voice, as well as the lack of substance of the story, I could not finish. Perhaps if I'd gone further I'd be pleasantly surprised, but I found this to be too great a chore.
New fable, undermining established belief systems, seemingly designed for atheists, youngsters and those who have yet to form their own beliefs about God and Jesus. Propaganda of the NWO in my opinion and I couldn' listen beyond the first 30 minutes. How pathetic. Nothing here less fantastic than the traditional story of creation. Like Greek mythology I suppose. Lots of books like this coming out. Thought this was scholarly. Guess I should have previewed it longer. Beware.
I am grieving the loss. It has been a very long time, before this series, that I was so deeply drawn into a saga. Consequently, I haven't known how to react now that it's over and I know the author is dead. It's strange. You must read all 3 books in order to appreciate this author's ability to weave a complex tale and create such realistic characters. His prose are great and his style skilled, in every way. I feel as if I am grieving in that I know Steig Larsson is gone and Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander with him. I wish American authors possessed the depth of soul and expression to write as honestly as this Swedish author but I suppose the machismo and warlike attitude of America precludes such a thing. I am at a loss. What to read now? After experiencing such interesting characters and well spun stories I am at a loss. Well, I guess it is back to Alexandre Dumas. In closing, I highly recommend the series. Thank you.
I have come to really appreciate this author. The book has a great plot, all loose ends are tied together and the characters are all memorable. I started with his first book, open and shut, and liked it so much I paid the full retail price for this title. Most of all, I love the author's use of irony and sarcasm. He's a firecracker and demonstrates the author's intelligence. Wholly recommend this book for intelligent readers, especially. Wish there were more titles out there like this one, more authors with Rosenfelt's talents.
I downloaded this title after watching the Tavis Smiley interview, as well as others. I am excited that this Genre, namely African American Fantasy, is now available to youngsters so they may expand their inner views and widen the scope of self perception. This will inevitably effect the sights they set for their futures. This book, as books go, is okay but I am not a youngster nor am I into fantasy. He tells a solid story and that is what counts. He speaks to this generation and that too is good, in my opinion. The author has a good command of literary devices, is a decent wordsmith and I think will go far. I commend him for his efforts and encourage people to do a search in google to see the wonderful interviews and comments about CLE. It's about expanding the black archetype to include characters beyond the negative stereotypes and this author has succeeded. On one of the interviews, I think you can find it on youtube, the interviewer mentioned that African Americans are buying more books than anyone else right now. Of course you will probably only hear it here or on a handful of sites. Kudos to CLE.
I read the poor reviews of this book and agree with each and everyone of them. The characters were stereotypical, the dialog predictable, the main character's brother so irritating I'd skip ahead and the plot, well, unbelievable. I don't believe this is unusual in today's novel so I gave it a 3. The many rave reviews puzzle me. Perhaps if you are young or inexperienced or are thrilled with stereotypes, this book is for you.
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