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Dara

Canon City, CO, United States

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  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (2205)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1079)

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "King's narration = One of my favorite books ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES. The writing advice is highly practical, and King reads it with such a personal flair that I can't imagine having digested this book any other way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt like he was reading it just to me - his inflections, his unique voice and tone, it made it a journey I will revisit often.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Highly inspired to get my writing career going, and will now use "Uncle Stephen" as the mentor in my head.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annie On My Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Nancy Garden
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings.

    Ornella says: "Exceptional"
    "Groundbreaking novel that falls flat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I highly admire the courage of Nancy Garden to write and publish this title twenty-five years ago when it was so sorely needed - and still is today. However, I found many of the scenes to be too lengthy and it lost my attention too many times. It may be a sign of the times in that YA books are more succinct nowadays, thanks to the shortening of our attention spans. It got preachy at times in the second half of the book, but again we have to remember when it was published. In that respect it was an important reminder of how far we've come in the years since the book was published, and how far we still have to come.


    What aspect of Rebecca Lowman’s performance would you have changed?

    I found the narration to be one of the most distracting parts of the book. I felt her voice was too


    Was Annie On My Mind worth the listening time?

    It was admirable to know that such a book was written twenty-five years ago for teens and featuring teens. But, not really worth listening to for the story itself. I did it mainly for research.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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