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Donald

Paradise, CA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Stein on Writing: A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sol Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (344)

    Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

    ddsharper says: "Excellent Content and Listen"
    "A Must Read"
    Overall

    Stein slams you with example after example of good writing. The book holds you because it's interesting. All of a sudden you realize, 'I got this as a handbook to help with my writing,' and you go back to what he has presented so entertainingly to dissect nugget after valuable nugget of writing advice. This is an author who has written successful novels, plays and non-fiction. To top it off he has authored software for writing fiction, edited books of well known authors such as Jack Higgins and led a successful publishing firm. Beginning with the first paragraphs until you finish the book you encounter a unique situation of a successful critic, editor, writer and observer employing all his skills in the writing of this book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Immaculee Ilibagiza, Steve Erwin
    • Narrated By Lisa Renee Pitts
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (149)

    In 1994, Immaculee Ilibagiza's world was ripped apart when her native country of Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans. Miraculously, Immaculee survived the slaughter.

    Kim says: "What a triumphant spirit"
    "Captivating! Enthralling! Uplifting!"
    Overall

    Immacul?e Ilibagiza's "Left to Tell" is required reading for any of us suffering from bitterness, self-pity, PTSD or any other wallowing disorder. The book moves quickly feeding one with food for thought. The first person, non-fiction narrative makes me wonder how much immunity I have to the infection that inspired the killing spree in Rwanda. It makes me ponder as to whether I would have the strength and virtue of Pastor Murinzi the "local pastor" who harbored Immacul?e Ilibagiza.

    A great read for anyone desirous of breaking stereotypes. Immacul?e's story lacks the taint of bitterness that most of us would be incapable of eliminating in the recounting of such a horrific tale.

    Anyone who thinks such things couldn't happen in "their" town needs to fall on their knees and pray that it doesn't.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Medieval People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Eileen Power
    • Narrated By Roe Kendall
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In this classic of social history, the author describes the lives of six obscure men and women of the Middle Ages. She draws on account books, records, letters, diaries, and wills to make the life of those times as concrete and comprehensible as our own.

    Annette says: "great listen"
    "Interested in the English wool trade?"
    Overall

    This is a scholarly book with many quotes from medieval texts to stupify the listener. The book's pace picks up a little with the research on the Prioress, Madame Eglentyne, of Chaucer fame and then ends with dreary minutes passed in listening to the letters of wool merchants. It would have much more interesting to hear the story with the long quotes placed out of reach of the ear and into the marginalia. Hopefully the reader understands French and archaic English(read untranslated Chaucer to get an idea)as there are long quotes in French and archaic English.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Joan of Arc

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Mark Taheny
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In Joan of Arc, Mark Twain has written a riveting and remarkably accurate biography of the life and mission of one of God's great saints. Twain labored for more than 12 years bringing Joan's story to life, and the resulting book is a sparkling narrative filled with reverence and admiration. Joan of Arc follows the path of a young woman who rose from peasant surroundings to lead the armies of France to victory against England - ultimately paying for that victory with her life.

    Naomi says: "Interesting book marred by poor narration"
    "Needs to be broken up"
    Overall

    Most of the unabridged titles worthwhile listening to on Audible are broken up into managable, mobile device-friendly segments. You will find Joan of Arc is 14 hours and 34 minutes nonstop....A pain for mobile devices.

    Caveat....The work is historioid.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Calm Your Mind

    • ABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Matthew McKay, Patrick Fanning
    • Narrated By Matthew McKay, Patrick Fanning
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Calm Your Mind brings you four of the most effective techniques for turning attention inward, finding a calm center, and surrendering anxious thoughts to moments of peaceful reflection.

    Donald says: "Lives Up to It's Billing."
    "Lives Up to It's Billing."
    Overall

    I highly recommend this "audiobook" which is in reality a series of relaxation exercises. It starts with "Moving Band" describing a band moving down the body carrying with it tension. It ends with the "Pencil Drop" exercise. The exercises are easy to follow and unlikely to offend fundamentalist Christians.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Discoveries: The Multicultural Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Maya

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dick Teresi
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (62)

    In the tradition of Daniel Boorstin, the co-founder of Omni delivers an original work of history that demonstrates why modern science rests on a foundation built by ancient and medieval non-European societies. "If you think that modern science is rooted in the golden age of Greece, you owe it to yourself to [hear this] book," says Library Journal.

    Kevin says: "A worthwhile challenge"
    "A disappointment"
    Overall

    This is a read that would be best relegated to the reference section of the National Library of Congress.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful

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