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  • Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life: Red Sneaker Writers Books, Volume 2 | William Bernhardt

    Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life: Red Sneaker Writers Books, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By William Bernhardt
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    All fiction is character-driven, according to William Bernhardt, despite what you might have heard elsewhere. If your characters don’t interest readers, even the most exciting plots will fail. “Action is character,” Aristotle wrote, but what does that mean, and how can you use that fundamental principle to create dynamic fiction that will captivate readers? This audiobook explains the relationship between character and plot, and how the perfect melding of the two produces a mesmerizing story.

    Amazon Customer says: "Real Meat."
  • Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction: The Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, Volume 1 | William Bernhardt

    Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction: The Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By William Bernhardt
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    "Writing is structure,” William Goldman said, but too often aspiring writers plunge into their work without grasping this fundamental principle. Story structure is one of the most important concepts for a writer to understand - and ironically, one of the least frequently taught. In this book, New York Times best-selling author William Bernhardt explains the elements that make stories work, using examples spanning from Gilgamesh to The Hunger Games.

    Crystal W. Rast says: "Book is an Infomercial"
  • Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero's Journey: Red Sneaker Writers Book, Volume 3 | William Bernhardt

    Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero's Journey: Red Sneaker Writers Book, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
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    Even the most unique and interesting characters will not engage readers if their journey - the plot - fails. In this audiobook, best-selling author William Bernhardt reveals the secrets that will keep readers riveted to the page. He explains the importance of matching character to plot and the key distinction between surprise and coincidence. Bernhardt discusses how to enrich your story by layering three levels of conflict and, in the final chapter, analyzes the primary plot structures that delight readers.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
  • Excellent Editing: The Writing Process | William Bernhardt

    Excellent Editing: The Writing Process

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
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    Why do so many people talk about writing a book but never get the job done? Why do so many start books they never finish? And why is the final product often so much less than what editors and agents want? Because writing is a process, and no steps can be omitted without impacting the quality of the work. As best-selling author William Bernhardt explains, editing begins before you start writing and doesn't end until the book is in print (if then). This book guides writers through that process, explaining what's worth doing and when to do it.

    F. Mileti says: "Another winner"
  • Powerful Premise: Writing the Irresistible (Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, Volume 6) | William Bernhardt

    Powerful Premise: Writing the Irresistible (Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, Volume 6)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
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    William Bernhardt explains the essential elements of breakout books, stories that reel in readers and attract serious attention. He discusses all the essential elements: originality, high stakes, believability, inescapable conflict, emotional appeal, and others. Plus, in the final chapter, Bernhardt explains how to turn your powerful premise into a winning pitch to attract agents and editors.

    Troy says: "Aspiring Writers: You Need This Entire Series"
  • Dynamic Dialogue: Letting Your Story Speak (Red Sneaker Writers Book) | William Bernhardt

    Dynamic Dialogue: Letting Your Story Speak (Red Sneaker Writers Book)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
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    Dynamic dialogue can turn an otherwise ordinary novel into a delightful read, but dull, uninspired dialogue will cause readers to lose interest and try something else. In this book, bestselling author William Bernhardt, renowned for his handling of dialogue, explains his techniques for making characters come to life through their words. He explains the importance of matching character and dialogue, of avoiding dialogue that's “on-the-nose,” and the value of using dialogue to suggest what no one will say aloud.

    G. House Sr. says: "Excellent advice, brief and on-point"
  • Sizzling Style: Every Word Matters | William Bernhardt

    Sizzling Style: Every Word Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
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    Too often aspiring writers are frustrated by rejection, not realizing that the problem is not the story but the way they are telling it. In this audiobook, best-selling author William Bernhardt brings his down-to-earth approach to the subject of style, revealing everything you need to know to write with the art and craft of a seasoned professional. Bernhardt goes beyond memorizing rules to a fresh approach, a philosophy of writing that will transform your work and take it to a higher level.

    Judith E. Prueitt says: "I hate this guy. He's an illusions smasher/master"
  • Strip Search | William Bernhardt

    Strip Search

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
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    Welcome to the world of Susan Pulaski, an unconventional and unusually subversive Las Vegas police behaviorist who's already been canned once and has never been needed more. In Sin City, someone is ritually murdering handpicked victims, each with dirty secrets in their pasts. The killer's gimmick: Not only does he leave behind parts of the victims' bodies, he also writes obscure mathematical formulas in their blood.

    Judie says: "The Absolute Worst"
  • Dark Eye | William Bernhardt

    Dark Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
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    Psychologist Susan Pulaski, who has a near-empathic gift for understanding the thought processes of criminals, is a consultant for the Las Vegas police force. When the city is galvanized by a brutal murder case, stemming from the death of a young woman who has been buried alive, Police Chief Robert O'Bannon calls on Susan's services.

    Amazon Customer says: "Awesome!"
  • Capitol Conspiracy | William Bernhardt

    Capitol Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    President Franklin Blake survives a terrorist attack at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. The First Lady isn't so lucky.

    Robert says: "A Timely Subject"
  • Capitol Betrayal: A Novel | William Bernhardt

    Capitol Betrayal: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
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    Kincaid is in a meeting with the president in the Oval Office when Washington suddenly explodes into chaos. Facing an imminent threat to the White House, Kincaid is whisked, along with the president and his advisors, to the underground PEOC - Presidential Emergency Operations Center - built to withstand a nuclear blast, but vulnerable to another kind of attack.

    Margaret says: "Waste of a credit"
  • Hate Crime | William Bernhardt

    Hate Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
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    In Tulsa, Ben Kincaid has built a national reputation as a stalwart defense attorney who will fight tirelessly for his clients. In Evanston, Illinois, Johnny Christensen has built a national reputation as a sadistic bigot who beat and stabbed a gay man and left him to die. When Johnny's mother comes to Ben and begs him to defend her son, he has one secret reason for saying no.

    Marilyn Armstrong says: "Great series for lovers of courtroom dramas"
  • Rough Justice: Three Ben Kincaid Stories | William Bernhardt

    Rough Justice: Three Ben Kincaid Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
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    This is a collection of three short stories involving lawyer Ben Kincaid and his friends and colleagues. In this short story, Ben Kincaid solves a Christmas mystery with his legal assistant, Christina McCall. Relations with Clyde Burris, the owner of the pawnshop next to Ben's law office, have always been frosty, but that doesn't stop Burris from asking Ben to investigate a Christmas Eve theft that turns out to have life-or-death ramifications.

  • Capitol Murder | William Bernhardt

    Capitol Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    William Bernhardt's best-selling novels featuring Oklahoma defense attorney Ben Kincaid capture the bare-knuckles reality of high-stakes criminal defense, as lofty ideals of justice clash with power, corruption, and wealth. In Capitol Murder, Bernhardt's hard-charging hero takes on his most shocking, headline-making case yet.

    Sammy says: "Intrigue and Suspense"
  • Childhood's End: Shine, Book 1 | William Bernhardt

    Childhood's End: Shine, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Lara Wells
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    In the near future, a few young women manifest extraordinary abilities called "Shine". Each girl's ability is different. Some develop extraordinary mental abilities. Some become physically strong. Others have powers that defy description. But the world does not embrace these Shines. It fears them. Aura was only trying to use her healing powers to help a small child. But when she Shined, something went horribly wrong - and Seattle was destroyed. In the aftermath of this disaster, the government institutionalizes Shines in "rehabilitative treatment centers"

    Debra says: "was so so"
  • Capitol Threat | William Bernhardt

    Capitol Threat

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    When attorney Ben Kincaid came to Washington, D.C., to defend a senator caught in a murder case, he never dreamed he'd end up a senator himself. After his client stepped down, Ben was appointed to complete his term. Now he must advise a Supreme Court nominee during his confirmation. The judge looks like a shoo-in, until he outs himself on national TV. Ben calls a press conference for the now controversial candidate. And then, on live TV, a brutally murdered woman is discovered in the judge's backyard.

    Sandie says: "Capitol Threat (Unabridged"
  • Shine: A Novel: Shine Novel Series Volume 1 | William Bernhardt

    Shine: A Novel: Shine Novel Series Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Lara Wells
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    In the near future, a few young women manifest extraordinary abilities called "Shine". Each girl's ability is different. Some develop unusual mental abilities. Some become physically powerful. Others have talents that defy description. But the world does not embrace these Shines. It fears them. Aura tried to use her healing powers to help a small child. But when she Shined, something went horribly wrong - and Seattle was destroyed.

  • Criminal Intent | William Bernhardt

    Criminal Intent

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    When a priest with radical ideas and a parish council with traditional values lock horns over the beliefs they hold most sacred, there's bound to be controversy, and consequences. But murder crosses the line between committing a sin and committing a crime, turning a battle over faith into a battle for justice. And smack in the middle of the explosive case is Tulsa attorney Ben Kincaid.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Irritating Reader, Horrible Pastor, Unbelievable"
  • Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness | William Bernhardt

    Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
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    In Chicago, Eliot Ness had created "the Untouchables" - the fabled team of federal agents who were beyond corruption and who finally put Al Capone behind bars. The headline-grabbing Ness has now been moved to Cleveland, where a new mayor desperately needs some positive publicity. The heroic, squeaky-clean Fed is the perfect man to become the city's director of public safety, but by the time Ness starts his new job, a killer has started a career of his own.

    Susan says: "An opportunity missed"
  • Princess Alice and the Dreadful Dragon | William Bernhardt

    Princess Alice and the Dreadful Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Lara Wells
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    This charming children's story featuring the brave and strong-willed Princess Alice. When a giant dragon's egg lands in the middle of the Great Marshmallow Fields, no one knows what to do - except Alice. She takes charge of the situation, raising the baby dragon, who others shun because he doesn't look like everyone else. The dragon makes one social misstep after another. But Alice is always there to defend him, until at last, at her extraordinary birthday party, his value is proved to everyone.

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