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Bernie Cullen

Yardley, PA USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer (editor)
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Karen White, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (293)

    With this anthology, best-selling author Brad Meltzer introduces 21 original stories from today’s most prominent mystery writers. In Laura Lippman’s "Waco 1982", a young reporter stuck with a seemingly mundane assignment on lost-and-found boxes unwittingly discovers a dark crime. In Joseph Finder’s "Heirloom", a scheming neighbor frightens the new couple on the block with an unnerving tale of buried treasure. In R. L. Stine’s "High Stakes", a man on his honeymoon gets drawn into a bizarre bet involving a coffin, a bet he may pay for with his life.

    Sharon says: "Worth the Credit"
    "Wonderful Collection"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box the most enjoyable?

    The stories are great. Not all of them are equal and some I liked less, but there are so many of them that are excellent and extremely enjoyable to listen to.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    A very well narrated group of stories. Performances were generally fun to hear.


    If you could rename Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box, what would you call it?

    Pandora's Gift


    Any additional comments?

    I still haven't finished all of these wonderful contributions, but most have been very enjoyable. I would encourage any mystery lover to acquire this wonderful collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David J. Schenker
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The ancient Greeks left the world that came after them-particularly our own and our ways of seeing it-an incalculable legacy. Mention politics, philosophy, law, medicine, history, even the visual arts, and we barely scratch the surface of what we owe this extraordinary culture. How can we best learn about these people who have given us so much, who have deepened and enriched our understanding of ourselves, and whose world remains far closer than we might imagine? The 36 lectures of this sparkling series from a frequently honored teacher is an outstanding place to begin.

    Bernie Cullen says: "Excellent course"
    "Excellent course"
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    If you could sum up Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature in three words, what would they be?

    He gets it


    What did you like best about this story?

    Few academics fully understand the context of the works at the time they were produced and performed. Professor Schenker understands and articulates the performance aspects of the work. Homer was sung, not just recited. It was a form of entertainment and was focused on the ancestry of the audience. This is highly overlooked.


    What does Professor David J. Schenker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well constructed and well preformed lectures hold the interest of the listener just as the works discussed were designed to hold the interest of the audiences of the time.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Write a Book That Doesn't Suck and Will Actually Sell: The Ultimate, No B.S. Guide to Writing a Kick-Ass Non-Fiction Book

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Rogan
    • Narrated By Gregory Zarcone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Learning how to write a book is easy. Learning how to write a book that doesn't suck and can actually make you money - and set you up for a full-time writing career is harder.

    But it's nowhere near impossible. And it's far more doable than you can imagine. The trouble is, most books offering tips on how to write a book fail to address two key considersations: 1) Most self-published nonfiction books suck. 2) It's almost impossible to make a living from one self-published nonfiction book.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best Book on Non-Fiction Writing"
    "A Game Changer"
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    Would you listen to How to Write a Book That Doesn't Suck and Will Actually Sell again? Why?

    No. I do not need to know more than I have learned.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It motivated me to write a book I never would have dreamed I could or would even want to create. I did it in less than a week and submitted it to Amazon for Kindle publication.


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

    A very easy to listen to method of learning material that might not be as easy to read.


    Any additional comments?

    All I can say is that reading this book has enabled me to accomplish something beyond my own imagination. Thank you Michael. I would like to tell you personally how well your method works.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Human Language

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (285)

    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    Saud says: "You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again"
    "Important lectures"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Story of Human Language the most enjoyable?

    It explained much of what I did not understand about language and its evolution. These new concepts will enable me to piece together my other historical interests and the complexities of ancient civilizations.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some points with which I do not totally agree. I believe there is more to animal languages than the professor (eg. songs of whales) and I would have been interested in hearing more thoughts about the written word (though that is a subject for an additional set of lectures). But this is excellent overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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