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  • The Modern Scholar: Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion | Michael D. C. Drout

    The Modern Scholar: Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael D. C. Drout
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    Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world.

    Jade says: "A Very Unique Read...(J/K)"
  • The Art of Writing and the Gifts of Writers | C. S. Lewis

    The Art of Writing and the Gifts of Writers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    This volume of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis is part of a larger collection, C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces. In addition to his many books, letters, and poems, C. S. Lewis wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on ethical issues and the nature of literature and storytelling. Within these pages is a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.

    James says: "A Strategy for Collecting Lewis Essays on Audio"
  • The Modern Scholar: The Author at Work: The Art of Writing Fiction | Jenna Blum

    The Modern Scholar: The Author at Work: The Art of Writing Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jenna Blum
    • Narrated By Jenna Blum
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    New York Times best-selling author Jenna Blum has scored critical and commercial success with her novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. One of Oprah’s Top Thirty Women’s Writers, Blum has also taught creative writing at Boston University and master novel workshops for Grub Street Writers. Here Blum shares insights into the writing process and offers listeners the most important aspects of succeeding as an author.

    Bradford says: "One of the best writing how-to's I've ever read"
  • The Art of Fiction | Ayn Rand

    The Art of Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
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    Ayn Rand discusses how a writer combines abstract ideas with concrete action and description to achieve a unity of theme, plot, characterization, and style, the four essential elements of fiction. Here, too, are Rand's illuminating analyses of passages from famous writers, rewrites of scenes from her own works, and fascinating rules for building dramatic plots and characters with depth.

    Lois says: "Get Stein on Writing"
  • The Art of Nonfiction | Ayn Rand

    The Art of Nonfiction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
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    Rand takes listeners step by step through the writing process, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way. She discusses the psychological aspects of writing and the roles played by the conscious and subconscious mind. She talks about articles and books, explaining how to select a subject and theme, how to identify your audience, and how to write the first draft.

    Ms says: "Great Content, but the narrator is annoying"
  • The Fine Art of Writing the Next Best Seller on Kindle | Omar Johnson

    The Fine Art of Writing the Next Best Seller on Kindle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Omar Johnson
    • Narrated By Omar Johnson
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    Most authors have the ambition of producing a best-selling Kindle book. However, most fall short of this worthy goal simply because their manuscript lacks the necessary ingredients for it to be a best seller on Kindle. In his gold mine of an audiobook, The Fine Art of Writing the Next Best Seller on Kindle, author Omar Johnson reveals the secret recipe and formula that will enable you to write the next best seller on Kindle.

    Troy Blackford says: "The Absolute Basics of Writing Anything on Kindle"
  • Writing Horses: The Fine Art of Getting It Right | Judith Tarr

    Writing Horses: The Fine Art of Getting It Right

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Judith Tarr
    • Narrated By Katina Kalin
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    In this long-awaited and much-requested book based on her "Horseblog" at Book View Caf, author and horse breeder Judith Tarr answers these questions and many more. She looks at horses from the perspective of the writer whose book or story needs them as anything from basic transport to major plot device, and provides definitions, explanations, and links and references for further research - leavened with insight into the world of the horse and the humans who both use and serve him. Here is a guide to the fine art of getting it right.

  • The Art of Writing Memoir: Finding the Past in the Present | Natalie Goldberg

    The Art of Writing Memoir: Finding the Past in the Present

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Natalie Goldberg
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    This weekend workshop, recorded live, is a primer on writing the modern memoir, which, unlike your grandmother's memoir, can be written at any age. Also, a memoir can be about just part of your life. "The more you are present, the more the past will come up and be alive," says Natalie. "Only right now can give you your past."

    Cindy says: "For right brain writers, not left brain"
  • Limitless Writing: How to Master the Art of Writing and Write 3,000 Words Per Day | Lance Devoir

    Limitless Writing: How to Master the Art of Writing and Write 3,000 Words Per Day

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Lance Devoir
    • Narrated By Jason Lovett
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    After you listen to this audiobook, writer’s block will be a thing of the past! Do you often find yourself struggling to write? This book will teach you the correct writing habits you need to sit down and write thousands of words at a time. The only difference between you and those massively successful authors are the writing habits and routines they have set for themselves. Three thousand words is a goal, not the limit.

  • Thalia Book Club: Mastering the Art of Writing about Cooking | Judith Jones,Alex Prud'Homme

    Thalia Book Club: Mastering the Art of Writing about Cooking

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 21 mins)
    • By Judith Jones, Alex Prud'Homme
    • Narrated By Symphony Space
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    A lovely discussion between Judith Jones and Alex Prud'homme on their new books, The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food and My Life in France (co-authored by Prud'homme with Julia Child). As a young editor at Knopf, Jones edited Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and a relationship blossomed between her and Child. Since then, Jones has worked with a glorious lineup of cookbook writers from Madhur Jaffrey to Marion Cunningham, and has become an editorial legend.

  • Memories of Summer: When Baseball Was an Art, and Writing About It a Game | Roger Kahn

    Memories of Summer: When Baseball Was an Art, and Writing About It a Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Roger Kahn
    • Narrated By Mark Moseley
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    Acclaimed baseball writer Roger Kahn gives us a memoir of his Brooklyn childhood, a recollection of a life in journalism, and a record of personal acquaintance with the greatest ballplayers of several eras. His father had a passion for the Dodgers; his mother’s passion was for poetry. Somehow, young Roger managed to blend both loves in a career that encompassed writing about sports for the New York Herald Tribune, Sports Illustrated, the Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, and Time.

    Mark says: "Readers must pronounce names CORRECTLY!!"
  • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Dancing About Architecture: Arts Criticism | Jim Fleming

    To the Best of Our Knowledge: Dancing About Architecture: Arts Criticism

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    • By Jim Fleming
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    It's been said that "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." But the rock critic Robert Palmer didn't have any trouble. Palmer wrote effortlessly about all kinds of music – rock and roll, blues, jazz and world music. The fact that Palmer was also a musician didn't hurt. In this hour, Palmer's daughter, Augusta, and his fellow critic, Anthony DeCurtis, talk about what made Robert Palmer such a great critic. Also...John Mendelssohn on his double life as a music critic and a singer.

  • Chasing Vermeer | Blue Balliett

    Chasing Vermeer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Blue Balliett
    • Narrated By Ellen Reilly
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    When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen: seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears.

    Susan says: "Not great art, but a pleasant"
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