I've read several books on story structure, most notably _Story_ by Mckee (which I've read several times). The synopsis of this book mentioned several..Show More » books that I've enjoyed, so I purchased it. When the author began the book by excusing the brevity of the audiobook (which I hadn't realized was so short until that point), and then launched into a pitch for his seminars, I was fine. But, when every example of actual story structure came from one of his books (one of which he even stated that the reader might want to buy MULTIPLE copies in order to take notes), then I got fed up. This is not an instructional book so much as an infomercial meant to draw up sales for his books. Rather than using this as a platform from which to try to foist his books off on readers, he should have actually offered instructional content, taking examples from noteworthy works (as McKee does), and impressed the listener with his knowledge of the craft. That would have made me want to read his books. That would have made me want to consider attending one of his seminars. And that would have definitely made me more likely to purchase more audiobooks.
I have only left one other negative book review in my life, but I felt compelled to warn potential buyers not to waste their money or time.
I give this a marginal thumbs up because it contains some good tips on character development and there aren't a lot of audiobooks on the subject. The ..Show More »narrator is not really professional caliber and comes off as being a little full of himself, and there's too much opinionated filler. But, when he gets to the point, he offers some good insights and advice that were helpful for me.
I think this short read helps demystify great dialog. As a writer, this book makes you think about technical writing issues. As a reader and consumer,..Show More » this book helps you become aware of the rules and guidelines of dialog.
Bernhardt, divides things up into bite-sized chapters and provides exercises at the end of each for the purpose of honing skills. He avoids lengthy cut-and-paste examples and instead focuses on concise examples. I believe any series reader or writer will benefit from this work.