It strikes me that the vast majority of reviewers either haven't read this book, or wasted their time on a fruitless exercise. To those who haven't read the book, and reviewed it negatively, you are unintelligent unenlightened imbeciles to waste your time typing a review. To those who did listen to the book knowing they weren't going to like it, what an even greater waste of time.
Look, Bill O'Reilly is a polarizing figure. You either like him or you don't. If you like him then you'll like this book. If you don't then you won't. It's that simple. If you haven't run across him before, "The No Spin Zone" is his best work. This is very good too and happens to be the only work on Audible. I would check it out.
The first thing you need to know is that this book should be rated M for mature. From the first chapter there is a lot of adult language related to sex and drugs, so don't listen to this book around your kids.
I'm a huge fan of Johnny and Sean's so I was bound to like this story.
That said this book is their best effort so far. My favorite living authors include Spider Robinson, Jim Butcher, and now Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt.
This book is Atlas Shrugged meets The Matrix meets Yesterday's Gone. Yet that comparison doesn't do justice to the scope of the world these guys have imagined. The world of The Beam is as big as the Star Wars universe, or Robert Heinlein's future history stories, or Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.
I started this book 2 days ago and I couldn't stop listening. This audiobook is a fully immersive experience. I usually don't like full cast readings where each narrator narrates from a particular point of view. But all of these narrators worked very well together.
What I particularly liked was that each character had their own voice. And the narrators really made an effort to make each character's voice performance uniform throughout. Each character's particular accent was maintained as much as possible by every narrator reading the book. Each narrator shift was seamless and felt like a point of view shift in the movie or television show. This performance sets the standard of excellence for books that have multiple narrators.
If you enjoy dystopian futures, richly developed characters and landscapes, fully developed worlds with their own stories to tell and gritty SF you will LOVE this book!
If you've read at least 3 self help books you know that reading self help books won't change your life UNLESS you take action. If you've ever set a goal to do something huge and feel demoralized when you don't complete it, this book will teach you how to gain momentum and accomplish bigger goals by making your goals "stupid small."
This is the best self help book I've ever read because it taught me why big goals don't work for me and, more importantly it taught me how to get myself to take the actions I need to succeed.
I generally don’t buy audiobooks that are less than eight hours long. I like long books that are engrossing and will take me a while. I took a chance on this book because I like Sean and Johnny. And I love Simon Whistler.
This book is Isaac Asimov meets Animal Farm with a smidgen of Terminator in there. It’s a little slow at the beginning. But after about a half-hour I was hooked. I can’t wait for season two! I only wish there was more swearing, because hearing Simon swear with his British accent is hilarious!
But seriously, if you like your science fiction with robots, revolution and the hint of violence, you’ll love this book!
This is light and fun entertainment that doesn't take itself too seriously. I really enjoyed the irreverent sense of humor the book maintained throughout.
I laughed more than once while listening to this book. I expected to enjoy it because I like Johnny as an author. What I didn't expect was to like it as much as I did! The narrator really got Reginald's voice down. It really helped the humor of the book shine through.
If you want your fiction to be serious, gritty and realistic this book is not for you. If you like a story with a sense of humor that has the ability to make fun of itself I think you'll love this book as much as I did.
Before picking up, "Write. Publish. Repeat." I knew nothing of the authors. I bought the book because I was searching answers in my quest to make a living as an independent author.
After reading this book I don't have all the answers, but now I have a better understanding of what it will take in terms of effort, perseverance, and resilience to make a living wage as an independent author.
The thing is, it's not easy, and to their credit the authors never pretend it is. It is doable, and at least from a marketing and technology standpoint this book gives you some good pointers.
There are two areas where the audio falls short. The first, which Johnny and Sean admit themselves, is that the book doesn't teach you how to write fiction. It doesn't really teach you how to write. It just says write a lot of good fiction, find an audience, and sell them related books.
Of course, "Write. Publish. Repeat." does have some specific suggestions on how to do that.
The reason I gave the overall product four stars is because it's not meant to be read in one sitting. And if you're just listening it's hard to navigate and find the section of the book you need to listen to at any given moment. I had to buy the e-book to facilitate my navigation of the material.
It was well worth it and I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get serious about self-publishing.
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