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Darcy

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • How to Write a Book ASAP: The Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your First Book Fast!

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Garrett Pierson
    • Narrated By Tom Underwood
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Discover inside secrets to writing and publishing a book fast. It doesn't matter if you want to write a novel or a non-fiction book: Garrett Pierson's tools and strategies will guide you step by step. There are many mind-boggling and complicated ways of writing a book at our disposal. This is not one of those. In fact, this book is perfect for someone who wants a simple, flexible, and streamlined approach to start, write, and complete a book fast.

    Pam says: "Surprisingly Useful"
    "Lots of great information"
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    If you are wanting to write that novel you've been meaning to your whole life, this is a great place to start. Lots of information and a way to plan out your prose. If you need a great starter kit, this is it.

    Narration is also excellent!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Goldman
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    Past and present civilizations failed and fail for many reasons, but the number-one predictor of a civilization’s survival is its sense of religion—or lack thereof. So argues David Goldman in How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too). The strength of a civilization’s religion affects its purpose, its fertility rate, and ultimately, its fate, says Goldman—who then argues that, contrary to popular belief, Islamic countries are in the last throes of death while Christian America is in a position to flourish.

    Darcy says: "Is this really the future?"
    "Is this really the future?"
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    The week I first started listening to this book, the President of Iran came forward to tell his population to have more babies. From then on, this book had my attention as statistical truth.

    There are many things you cannot argue with and, numbers and data are one. Goldman lays out the future of many of our world's civilizations through the use of demographics. From there, he offers a few explanations for why many civilizations are willing themselves out of existence.

    For instance, the change in attitude of children now becoming a financial liability rather than an asset. When a society reveres children as an expense, these are the first signs that the civilization is on its way to decline, if not extinction.

    Whether you agree with Goldman or not, this is certainly a read that will make you think. Highly recommend this thought provoking book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3274)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1272)

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    annhere says: "AWE INSPIRING!"
    "Not worth your time"
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    I've heard about this book for well over a decade (credit the Oprah effect) and bought this to satisfy my curiosity. And, like most Oprah recommendations, this book fails to deliver.

    I found it quite repetitive. I think I can sum up the book in one sentence: Be in the moment and pay attention to everything around you using your five senses. That's pretty much it. Tolle then goes on...and on...seemingly to pad the book so it could be salable.

    The narration is comatose. Do not read this while driving a car! You will go to sleep.

    There are other parts of the book that make me question what Tolle did with his life. He claims to have sat on a park bench, soaking up the atmosphere for two years. How did he do that? What did he do to eat? Where did he get the money to do this? Is the author a trust fund baby? I don't know many people who could sit on a park bench for two years and just observe. The rest of us have something called "responsibilities" which seems to be the one word missing from this book.

    There are better books out there. Pass on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (2213)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1086)

    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!"
    "Highly Recommend"
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    Great book for those who want an autobiography plus a guide to how Mr. King finds his muse. There is some great advice here for writers. It is also a cautionary tale of addiction and, fortunately for Mr. King, redemption.

    I love the fact that it was narrated by Mr. King himself. It adds to the authenticity of the experience as well as his emotional response to things like adverbs and facilitated writing retreats.

    Go ahead and get this. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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