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  • Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

  • By: Brooks Landon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Brooks Landon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 444

Why do some lengthy sentences flow effortlessly while others stumble along? Why are you captivated by the writing of particular authors? How can you craft sentences that reflect your unique outlook on the world? This lively, 24-lecture course introduces you to the myriad ways in which we think about, talk about, and write sentences. Reviving the sentence-oriented approach to studying writing, Professor Landon provides a greater context for what makes sentences great - and how you can apply these methods to your own writing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I appreciate long sentences more now

  • By Kazuhiko on 09-22-13

Exceptional

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-17

I have read many books on writing. This was the only one that gave me something different.

  • How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read

  • By: Pierre Bayard
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

The truly cultivated person is not the one who has read a book but the one who understands the book's place in our culture. Using examples from authors and movies, Bayard examines the many kinds of "non-reading" and urges us to consider what reading means and how we absorb books as a part of ourselves.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • At least it's short

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-27-08

Witty.

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-16

Very witty, but not essential to those who like reading. The narrator was very good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

  • By: James Hynes, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: James Hynes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868

From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Theory AND Practice

  • By Madeleine on 11-19-15

The best writing guide I ever read.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-16

I highly recommend this book. I have read many writing guides. This is the best.

  • The Four Agreements

  • By: don Miguel Ruiz
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,390

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!!!

  • By R. Baker on 05-25-05

surprisingly good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-12

What did you love best about The Four Agreements?

When I started listening to this book, I had this deja vue feeling of: Here goes another self-help nothing special book.Was I in for a surprise! what started as yet another one of those books, turned out to be extremely interesting and enlightening. The book is very short and non- complex. This is its greatest virtue. You have to be an absolute genius to say so much in a few words and in a simple yet deep manner.I heartily recommend this book.

What did you like best about this story?

Extremely intelligent. An eye opener.

Have you listened to any of Peter Coyote’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Proust and the Squid

  • The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
  • By: Maryanne Wolf
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

Interweaving her vast knowledge of neurology, sociology, psychology, and philosophy with fascinating down-to-earth examples and lively personal anecdotes, developmental psychologist, neuroscientist, and dyslexia expert Wolf probes the question, "How do we learn to read and write?" This ambitious and provocative new book offers an impassioned look at reading, its effect on our lives, and explains why it matters so greatly in a digital era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learning To Read & Write

  • By Sara on 02-17-15

what a great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-10

I was amazed at how captivating would a book on reading be, at how enlightening some of the facts about the culture and the neurology of reading are.
I was amazed at the number of times I have cited this book since reading it. It seems to be relevant to so many areas of our lives and our culture, as if reading is a metaphor for everything else.
I highly recommend this gem of a book. The writing is great, the reading is great, the lesson learnt is amazing.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Quantum NLP

  • By: Christiane Turner
  • Narrated by: Christiane Turner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74

Quantum NLP is the art and science of human excellence. New scientific discoveries show us clearly that we are creating our reality through the use of our language. By teaching ourselves more effective language patterns, our brain automatically forms new neurological pathways that naturally lead to new behaviors and habits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very good

  • By MICHAEL KERR on 06-05-08

very proffessional yet enjoyable and easy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-08

You just have to commit yourself to more than the first 15 minutes. This is what it takes to realize that in spite of the narrator (the author) you're kind of get used to it.
Later on you even enjoy her and thank her for having the courage to read it all by herself.
I liked the personal and clinical narratives. Each one of those carries a lesson. Even when a story sounds completely irrelevant it is followed by an "Aha, that's what it teaches me... nice..."
NLP is a great clinical tool, but there are so many myths around it. the book kind of unfoggs the matter.
Wish for some more audio NLP books. Some of the classics are really great.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Musicophilia

  • Tales of Music and the Brain
  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 459

Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does - humans are a musical species.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for music lovers

  • By Shimon on 11-19-07

enlightening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-08

extremely interesting, some of it almost unbelievable. makes one rethink what music is all about and how humane a quality it is.
the missing star of my rating is due to the annoying mentioning throughout the book of other books by Mr. Sacks. after a while this becomes too much of an annoying sales pitch. a regular bookmarked bibliographical list should have been enough.
the narration gets a 4 star too. it's very OK but not outstanding.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Atonement

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,083

In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing book about complex human perception

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-17-04

My best audiobook yet

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-07

When I try to convince friends to get into the audiobook habit, i recommend starting with this one! This is the best of the best. Flawless. Great book and exquisite narration.
By the way, there is another recording of the same book. I recommend this one. Ever since I listened to Jill Tanner reading here, I try to get any other book she is reading. She is my best narrator yet.
In short: a warm recommendation! If you have to listen to just one audiobook ever, this should be the one.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • A Fine Balance

  • By: Rohinton Mistry
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769

In the India of the mid-1970s, Indira Gandhi's government has just come to power. It institutionalizes corruption and arbitrary force, most oppressive to the poorest and weakest people under its sway. Against this backdrop, in an unnamed city by the sea, four people struggle to survive. Dina, Maneck, and two tailors, the Untouchables Om and Ishvar, who are sewing in Dina's service, undergo a series of reversals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Praise for the Narrator as much as the Writer

  • By Karen P. Smith on 05-10-09

cruelty for cruelty's sake

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-07

This is a very well-written book, but it left me very angry. i felt the writer used his great talent to plainly manipulate the reader. The structure of this rather long book becomes quite predictable after a while: nice, sweet relaxed parts followed by gruesome cruel ones. The "bad" parts become more and more intolerable, and once you realize the pattern you kind of dread what's to follow.
As i said, the book is very manipulative. Like a horror film made by a talented director, whose main objective is to leave you shaken and breathless. This requires writing skills, no doubt, but it's far from being "good literature" or even just literature for that matter.
The narration is very good, which, in a way makes things even worse. It's as if the narrator is an accomplice to the writer's manipulative story-telling.
It is especially pitiful as Mr. Mistry is such a fine writer. His other books are really good. He knows better, no doubt.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful