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salt lake joan

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salt lake city | Member Since 2008

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  • Elmer Kelton Tells the Truth

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Elmer Kelton
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Here are four of this famous author's speeches, recorded live. Known for his award-winning fiction, Elmer Kelton is highly sought after as a keynote speaker. His vast knowledge of, and passion for, the subjects he uses as backdrops for his novels is evident in these finely-crafted, humorous talks.

    salt lake joan says: "Spend time with someone you want for a friend"
    "Spend time with someone you want for a friend"
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    I love hearing about the world Elmer Kelton inhabited. He is so genuine that I really do wish I could have known him. You may not learn how to write but you will get to how he experienced life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Old Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wendell Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Bringing the earthiness of America's past to mind,The Memory of Old Jack conveys the truth and integrity of the land and the people who live it. Through the eyes of one man can be seen the values of Americans strive to recapture as we arrive at the next century.

    D. Farnham says: "Beautiful Appreciation of Life"
    "Magical Writing"
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    What did you love best about The Memory of Old Jack?

    I loved the slow and easy pace of the story. It took a little while to grab hold but once it did, every day it would draw me in and rock me in its beautiful language.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Memory of Old Jack?

    When Jack's wife died and they finally had a moment of closeness and understanding with each other after a lifetime of quiet unhappiness.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Having heard Wendell Berry speak, Paul made me believe that it was the wonderful author doing the reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I entered so deeply into this world that it took me days to want to read anything else.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love it if audible offered more of Berry's non fiction such as "What Matters- Economics for a renewed Commonwealth" and "Bringing it to the Table".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Burial Rites: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (225)

    A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her.

    Yvonne says: "One of the absolutely Best Books"
    "A rare gem"
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    What made the experience of listening to Burial Rites the most enjoyable?

    I love stories set in a cold stormy location and ones that allow me to look at my own reactions to things I have not previously considered. I knew there would be little happiness but the storytelling and the language was a complete treat.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Burial Rites?

    For me it was the fact that the author found and used records that were ambiguous at best and constructed a story that told a different truth than the verdict the courts imposed. Their world was so hard and joyless but I was never depressed by it.


    What about Morven Christie’s performance did you like?

    Perfect pitch and pace for this story.


    If you could rename Burial Rites, what would you call it?

    Another Truth


    Any additional comments?

    I will happily read anything Hannah Kent writes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1134)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Poorly executed story"
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    I loved the first chapter. Then everything fell apart for me and never came back together again. While the author covered a lot of ground in the story, the character development was exceedingly flawed. The great grandaughter was the worst though all of them just picked up character traits like one would collect lint, without rhyme or reason. I think the author tried to make good points about the development of Texas and I just wished those points had been wrapped in a better story. I had intended to get American Rust but didn't bother after this disappointment.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Writing the Western Novel

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Sink into the easy Texas drawl of celebrated Western novelist Elmer Kelton, the son of a Texas cowboy and a five-time Spur award winner. In this live workshop recording he'll share insights about writing in a genre that doesn't always receive the respect it's due. Kelton discusses literary prejudice against Westerns, suggests ways to find a fresh slant and create unusual characters, and reviews trail drive novels. Some of his over 2 dozen novels are: The Day the Cowboys Quit, The Time it Never Rained, and Eyes of the Hawk.

    salt lake joan says: "Another wonderful experience"
    "Another wonderful experience"
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    I feel so lucky that these presentations have been captured by Audible and made available to writers everywhere. One reviewer said of his books that it was like going fishing. What a great way to spend an afternoon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (806)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "Good for you, Stephen King"
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    After reading King's memoir on writing, I thought I would give this a try and it was fantastic. What a bright, articulate man he is and so enjoyable to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence, and Spirit

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Brenda Ueland
    • Narrated By Pat Carroll
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    In her 93 remarkable years, veteran freelance writer, memoirist, and writing teacher Brenda Ueland published some six million words. She once said there were two simple rules that she followed absolutely: to tell the truth, and to not do anything she didn't want to do. Such integrity both distinguishes and defines If You Want to Write, her best-selling classic that first appeared in the late 1930s and has inspired thousands to find their own creative center.

    Ronnie says: "The most inspiring book"
    "Thank you life, for the gift of Brenda Ueland"
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    I have her original book, thanks to Anne Lamott's recommendation but now the audible version makes everything complete. I can listen to Brenda's inspiring words whenever I have a minute and they not only change the way I write but the way I live. The narrator is absolutely fantastic. Thank you, thank you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero's 2 Journeys

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Hauge, Christopher Vogler
    • Narrated By Michael Hauge, Christopher Vogler
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (88)

    Make your story the best it can be on two levels. Hear each superstar teacher present his unique approach to story telling.

    Jane says: "I enjoyed this."
    "Another winner for writers"
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    This mini books captures two great teachers and like Vogler's Using Myth, I took notes all the way through. If you are learning to write fiction, run, don't walk, to get your copy. Kudos Audible and please do more of these as many of us can't get out to the conferences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Using Myth to Power Your Story

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Christopher Vogler
    • Narrated By Christopher Vogler
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    This delightful workshop covers how you can use the myths and fairy tales that link us all to give your story more oomph. Get ready to laugh while you learn, because the speaker is a natural storyteller and a witty observer of life. Whether you're creating a screenplay, a novel, a play, a computer game, a puppet show, or just an entry in your journal, your story will be richer, it will touch more people, and it will have more meaning and depth after you listen to Chris Vogler's talk.

    Charles says: "Use the Hero's 2 Journeys Instead"
    "What a bargain"
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    This presentation is taken from a Chris Vogler segment at a writer's conference. It is just fantastic, packed full of such good information that I took notes all the way through and of course laughed my head off at Chris's great sense of humor. I pray that Audible will do more "mini books" like this one especially on writing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dan Fagin
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    One of New Jersey’s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution.

    Beezie Reader says: "Toms River Resident"
    "Absolutely outstanding."
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    When I was a little girl we drove through the town of Tom's River nearly every summer Saturday on our way to go crabbing at Island Heights. Adulthood had me moving around the country and I lost touch with the town, the one with the charming name. And then I found this book. Not only do we get a great telling of the story, an understanding of a most interesting legal process, a sense of the pain of aftermath, and finally we are left with the question, what if anything can society reasonably do. For those readers who might be interested, I would happily host a blog to revel in a full fledged discussion of the book's many angles. To Dan Fagin, thanks for a fantastic experience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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