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  • Write. Publish. Repeat.: The No-Luck Guide to Self-Publishing Success

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt
    • Narrated By Simon Whistler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In Write. Publish. Repeat., they tell you how exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any independent author can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable career with their writing.

    Monica Leonelle says: "An organized version of the podcast"
    "MUST Read for Indie Authors"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beam: Season 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Choose Enterprise and the government stays out of your way, leaving you free to sink or swim - no help for the drowning. Choose Directorate and all are equal, fed, sheltered and entertained by the government, every need provided for, and every man another cog in society's machine.

    Roland J. Denzel says: "Dystopian doesn't get better than this!"
    "Gritty Dystopian SF at its BEST!!!"
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    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!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen Guise
    • Narrated By Daniel Penz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (67)

    One afternoon - after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise - I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day). I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books.

    Sara says: "Breaks Things Down Into Tiny Do-able Bits"
    "Best Goal Book I've Read"
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    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.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Robot Proletariat, Season One

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
    • Narrated By Simon Whistler
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Having long since replaced humans in the back hallways and servants' quarters of the ultra-wealthy, new models are acquired, render their service, then are quietly deactivated when obsolete. But then we gave them the ability to learn. One household is about to find out that, while Asimov's laws are immutable, humans are about to experience an uprising of a different sort. This first, surprisingly heartfelt episode of a new series puts the listener in the shoes of the the soulless who serve.

    Erasya says: "Uniquely "fleshed-out" robot protagonists"
    "Asimov meets Animal Farm"
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    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Johnny B. Truant
    • Narrated By Matt Josdal, VOplanet Studios
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    When overweight treadmill salesman Reginald Baskin finally meets a co-worker who doesn't make fun of him, it's just his own bad luck that tech guy Maurice turns out to be a two thousand-year-old vampire. And when Maurice turns Reginald to save his life, it's just Reginald's own further bad luck that he wakes up to discover he's become the slowest, weakest, most out-of-shape vampire ever born, doomed to "heal" to his corpulent self for all of eternity.

    colleen says: "Amusing concept"
    "Refreshing, funny take on vampires stories"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who's Looking Out for You?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Who's Looking Out for You? is a book that boldly confronts our worst fears and biggest problems in a post-9/11, post-corporate-meltdown world. Its sage, candid advice on regaining control and trust in these troubled times will resonate with the millions of readers and viewers who have come to believe in Bill O'Reilly as the man who speaks for them.

    Charles says: "Balancing The Reviews"
    "To Review the Reviewer..."
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    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.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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