You no longer follow Shawn Scarber

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Shawn Scarber

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Shawn Scarber

Dallas, TX | Member Since 2013

2
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 106 titles in library
  • 45 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Natalie Goldberg
    • Narrated By Natalie Goldberg
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Over a decade ago, when Writing Down the Bones first appeared, Natalie Goldberg started a revolution in the way we practice writing. Now, for the first time, Goldberg reads her classic work, while offering new commentary about the creative, spiritual, and practical dimensions of writing. This collector's edition also includes an exclusive interview with the author.

    Rivkeleh says: "Only misses a 5-star because of audio quality"
    "Struggling with process?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The writing process is far more than sitting at a desk and putting words down on paper. It is that, but it's also living a life open to the world around you and filtering experiences through a writer's lens.

    If you're looking for a book that will hold your hand and walk you through the process of writing a bestseller, this is not your book. However, if writing is your passion and you want to get a glimpse of what one particular writer's life can be, this is an excellent guide.

    Because the book was written early in Natalie's career as a writer, she has gone back over the chapters with some reflection. As a listener to this unabridged version you'll get a bonus review by the author of each chapter where she explores her thoughts and feelings on the subjects now.

    Understand there are many portions of this book that will different writers at different stages. For me personally, this book allowed me to let go of the idea that commercial success equals being a successful writer. Journalling to discover something new, writing short fiction for obscure magazines, hammering out bad poetry, these things all contribute to the process.

    So does spending time with friends and family, practicing yoga, running in the park, petting my cat, etc.. All of life contributes and Natalie does a great job of illustrating that in this very open, very accessible book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiction: Writing the Fantastic (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Panel 1103

    • ORIGINAL (52 mins)
    • By Aimee Bender, Lev Grossman, Victor LaValle
    • Narrated By Scott Timberg
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

    Shawn Scarber says: "A Quick Look into Literary Fantasy"
    "A Quick Look into Literary Fantasy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Of all the authors here, Aimee Bender was the most familiar to me. I was glad to hear one author point out that many, many authors in the science fiction and fantasy field have been writing Literary quality fiction for years. It's been common since the New Weird, but sadly very few Literary critics give it any notice.

    But it's good to see the established giving greater credit where credit has been long overdue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For the Love of Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Judy Leslie
    • Narrated By Susanna Burney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    For The Love of Ireland is a historical novel of love and loyalty, deception and honesty. It is about women fighting against traditional roles and gender discrimination during the 1880s. For The Love of Ireland is a work of fiction woven around actual events of the Irish Land League, a Chicago couple and the covert activities of the Clan na Gael.

    Gaele says: "this is one to savor and enjoy"
    "Absolutely loved for The Love of Ireland"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For the love of Ireland is an amazingly well developed historical novel that charts ten years in the life of Margaret Sullivan.

    Margaret writes for the ‘Chicago Tribune’ under a male pseudonym and at first she seems quite content with her arrangement. As a woman, few men would even consider the possibility she could be a journalist. This is a good arrangement for her politically ambitious husband, Alex Sullivan.

    When she journeys to Ireland and meets the charismatic rebel Michael Davitt, she instantly builds an attraction to both him and the social cause of freedom for Ireland from the brutal landlordism practiced during the late 1800s.

    This sets up Margaret’s adventure as she fights to help the Irish cause through her controlling and abusive husband and her own writing talents. The novel is an educational historical read, a close examination of the treatment of women during this time period, a suspenseful political thriller, and a romance.

    Often when an author has this many different threads, the novel comes across as tacked-together and haphazard, but Leslie has created a wonderful blend set to a pace that remains fast and yet still captures details specific to that time period. The characterization of Margaret, Davitt, and other historical figures is handled with great care allowing for a riveting story mixed with factual details.

    I actually listened to this novel read by voice actress Susanna Burney. Susanna did a wonderful job of capturing unique voices for all of the characters, accurately handling a multitude of accents, and delivering a quality performance.

    I’m amazed to discover this is a debut novel. It reads like a novel written by someone who has been writing bestsellers for years. If the quality of this novel is indicative of Judy Leslie’s future work I’ll be buying and reading [or listening to] everything she writes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.