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Snowlady

Anchorage, AK | Member Since 2010

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  • Writing Creative Nonfiction

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Tilar J J. Mazzeo
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    Bringing together the imaginative strategies of fiction storytelling and new ways of narrating true, real-life events, creative nonfiction is the fastest-growing part of the creative writing world. It's a cutting-edge genre that's reshaping how we write (and read) everything from biographies and memoirs to blogs and public speaking scripts to personal essays and magazine articles.

    Snowlady says: "Durable reference for aspiring writers"
    "Durable reference for aspiring writers"
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    What did you love best about Writing Creative Nonfiction?

    The scope of the book was excellent. It covered almost every major topic relevant for anyone who contemplates writing a book or article for publication, from sentence structure to marketing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. This book was much more interesting and memorable when broken up into different sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated the sincerity and passion that Professor Mazzeo brought to the topic. The examples of techniques she used from her own writing experience were more personal and therefore engaging when told in her own voice. Having said that, I personally found her reading voice to be somewhat off-putting.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Who Asked You?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, Carole DeSanti, Phylicia Rashad, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (258)

    Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.

    JALAYNE says: "brillant"
    "What a great book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The story was compelling and the points of views of the characters were fascinating.


    What other book might you compare Who Asked You? to and why?

    Very unique book - hard to compare


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    All of the characters were pitch-perfect; probably the central character, Betty Jean, was my favorite, but it is really hard to decide


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have listened to it in one sitting. However, I listened to it while running for exercise and found myself yearning to go running so I could listen to more of the story. It was the best motivator!


    Any additional comments?

    I could relate to so many of the characters. They were alive. The narration was as good as watching any hit stage performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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