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Steve

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Listener Since 2005

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  • Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert McKee
    • Narrated By Robert McKee
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (236)

    Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress, and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese, and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives, and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.

    Justin says: "Excellent"
    "Good abridged version"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ignore S. Buck's review that states this is only 5 chapters of the book. It is the entire book in an ABRIDGED version, as the description states. It is just broken up into 5 Audible "chapters" that do not relate to the chapters of the book. Doubtful that this person actually listened to the audiobook.

    In any event, it is a good intro to McKee's book, and may encourage you to buy the complete print edition for a fuller experience of McKee's teachings.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mark Lee Gardner
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Billy the Kid - a.k.a. Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, and William Bonney - was a horse thief, cattle rustler, charismatic rogue, and cold-blooded killer. A superb shot, the Kid gunned down four men single-handedly and five others with the help of cronies. Two of his victims were Lincoln County, New Mexico, deputies, killed during the Kid's brazen daylight escape from the courthouse jail on April 28, 1881.

    Gerard says: "Wonderful - a well told history of the Old West"
    "Title is a bit misleading"
    Overall

    Gardner appears to have twin goals in this book. One is to write an authoritative history of two already well-documented historical figures, and the second is to spin an entertaining Western yarn. Unfortunately, his research seems to be primarily from better works that have preceded his book, such as BILLY THE KID: THE ENDLESS RIDE by Michael Wallis, and BILLY THE KID: A SHORT AND VIOLENT LIFE by esteemed Western historian Robert Utley, who also wrote an excellent history of the Lincoln County War. Gardner's annotations are skimpy and rather vague, and many of the "untold" parts are simply imagined by Gardner for the sake of spinning his tale.

    The other problem with Gardner's book is that is much more about Garrett than Billy. The entire Lincoln County War is skimmed through in a chapter or two, and Billy is killed by Garrett just a little past the midpoint of the book. What fills almost the last half of the book are detailed accounts of events throughout the remainder of Garrett's life that are really not all that interesting, and undeserving of the volume of pages devoted to them. I guess is the "untold" part, but the greater availability of documentation of these events does not create absorbing reading.

    The third problem with this book is the reader Alan Sklar. The worst type of audiobook actor is the frustrated actor who needs to show off how many dialects he can perform, regardless of the appropriateness of their usage, particularly in a nonfiction work. Sklar imagines himself here as an old rodeo hand from some 50's TV show, but the hundreds of "killins'" and "ridins'" in his narration do not enhance the story, nor do his pepperings of cheesy Irish and Mexican accents . . . they just add a comic element to the story that it can do without.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Direct Selling 101: Achieve Financial Success Through Network Marketing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Neil, Dana Phillips
    • Narrated By Neil Phillips, Dana Phillips
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Neil and Dana Phillips were both working in education when they started doing a little direct selling on the side, almost 30 years ago. Their business quickly grew, and soon their income tax bill was more than Neil had earned as a tenured university professor! Now, this inspiring husband-and-wife team shares their award-winning expertise to help you claim the personal prosperity you deserve in Direct Selling 101.

    Bob says: "Very disappointing"
    "Wish I could rate this less than 1 star"
    Overall

    This audiobook is so bad I'm trying to get a refund from Audible. The title and descriptive copy is completely misleading, as it has nothing to do with network marketing. It is entirely about "party" selling like Tupperware (where they came from), Mary Kay etc. Even if you are a woman interested in this kind of marketing, this program is worthless. Tedious and redundant with very little useful info and a LOT of filler. The male co-author actually has the gall to refer to himself as "Doctor" Phillips throughout the program -- though the source of his "PhD" cannot be found in any of his credentials.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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