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  • Prosperous Creation: Make Art and Make Money at the Same Time: Growth Hacking For Storytellers #5

  • By: Monica Leonelle
  • Narrated by: Cindy Piller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
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    5 out of 5 stars 8
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    5 out of 5 stars 8

Ready to make art and money, at the same time? Monica Leonelle has written the playbook for authors on building a sustainable writing career as an independent publisher. The path to becoming a full-time author is clear cut, but no one is talking about exactly what you need to focus on, and when. This book is for authors who feel overwhelmed and overworked while trying to reach their dreams of writing full-time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the book I needed!

  • By Rock Star Kimberly on 09-11-17

Just the book I needed!

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Reviewed: 09-11-17

I love this book! It is exactly what I needed! When Monica says this is the framework for author success, she isn't overselling. I am a self published romance author and also a wannabe author of YA fantasy romance. This book helped me understand that I could be at different places in my author career based on my different projects, and outlined the steps I need to take to achieve success at every level. In particular, her beginning section on mindset was very helpful. I didn't realize how much clearing out some of my own mental hurdles could help me as an author. In addition, I love that this book is a whole system, with a ton of available resources on Monica's website. I found these resources to be a great supplement for the book. I read this book in e-book format first, but I found that I absorbed the material more easily in the audio version. Plus I could listen on the exercise bike, in the car, while the kids were watching SpongeBob, everywhere. If you're an author who is serious about making writing a career, I can't recommend this book highly enough.

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  • Write Better, Faster

  • How to Triple Your Writing Speed and Write More Every Day (Growth Hacking for Storytellers #1)
  • By: Monica Leonelle
  • Narrated by: Cindy Piller
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
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    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

In 2012, fiction author Monica Leonelle made a life-changing decision to learn to write faster. Through months of trial and error, hundreds of hours of experimentation, and dozens of manuscripts, she tweaked and honed until she could easily write 10,000 words in a day, at speeds over 3,500 words per hour! She shares all her insights, secrets, hacks, and data in this tome dedicated to improving your writing speeds, skyrocketing your monthly word count, and publishing more books.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Info buried in an endless commercial for author

  • By Beth T. Irwin on 05-17-17

Monica Leonelle, my self-pub mentor

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Reviewed: 02-10-16

Monica Leonelle is my self publishing mentor. No, I’ve never met her, or even spoken with her, but her books are the backbone of my knowledge base on operating a business as an indy author. Unlike a lot of the books on self publishing out there, Monica’s books are packed full of actionable information. There’s no padding or fluff here. Not a single word of it. This book is all vital, take-it-to-the-bank advice on writing and advancing your business. The production quality here is top-notch and professional, and I hope her other books come out in audio soon. If you’re serious about a career as an author, Monica Leonelle’s Write Better Faster should be the first book you buy. You won’t need much more. I simply cannot recommend it highly enough. An enjoyable read that left me feeling empowered as a writer and entrepreneur.

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  • Robot Proletariat, Season One

  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Having long since replaced humans in the back hallways and servants' quarters of the ultra-wealthy, new models are acquired, render their service, then are quietly deactivated when obsolete. But then we gave them the ability to learn. One household is about to find out that, while Asimov's laws are immutable, humans are about to experience an uprising of a different sort. This first, surprisingly heartfelt episode of a new series puts the listener in the shoes of the the soulless who serve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Asimov meets Animal Farm

  • By T. Bennett on 06-10-14

Rosie from The Jetsons this is not.

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Reviewed: 07-24-14

Robot servants? I kept thinking of Rosie from the Jetsons. I was prepared for a cartoonish tale of misadventures involving tea trays. I was wrong. I didn’t expect the fully-formed characters, intricate plot, or complex motivations that I got in this book.
Few science fiction novels keep me reading for the characters, but this one did. The authors deftly walked the line of creating robot characters that were neither too real nor too machine-like. There are two sex bots (Relax, it sounds kinkier than it really is), who were written with such depth and nuance that when one of them suffers at the hand of her owner, I felt a sympathy for her that she didn’t feel for herself. It was in subtle ways like that, that the authors showed the humanity of the robots relative to the inhumanity of the humans. Like I said, it was a high wire act that the authors walked with artistry and poise.
I’m a fan of Simon Whistler’s podcast, but I had no idea he was such a brilliant voice actor! I am an audio book listener from way back in the cassette days. Simon’s narration ranks among the best I’ve heard.

  • Plugged

  • How Hyperconnectivity and the Beam Changed the Way We Think
  • By: Sterling Gibson, Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Blaine Moore
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Throughout the 21st Century, our world (at least for those of us inside the NAU) has become increasingly connected. So much so that we really are now thinking as a single fluid organism, changing not just how we live our daily lives, but who we are as a species. In Sterling Gibson's newest thoughtful exploration, one of the NAU's most renowned thinkers explores and illuminates how hyperconnectivity and The Beam have changed us forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great SF take on Malcolm Gladwell-style journalism

  • By Erik Marshall on 07-14-14

Thought Provoking and Entertaining

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Reviewed: 06-30-14

Science fiction is at its best when it has emotional realism as its foundation. In this regard, Plugged absolutely delivers. It is thought provoking in the extreme. Will we know we’ve gone too far only after we’ve passed the point of no return? What happens when our technology outstrips our humanity? Such are the ever-present questions in Plugged.
The book is a companion to The Beam series, but can stand alone. It starts out a little infodumpish, but I stuck with it because the fictional world of 2097 seemed like both a threat and a promise of what was to come, and I simply had to know more. I loved having this book on audio, because I could speed up the sections that I, who hadn’t already read The Beam, thought dragged a bit, and slow down and savor the really good parts.
If you’re already a fan of The Beam, Plugged will be like backstory heaven. If you weren’t already a fan, then prepare to make another purchase. You’ll be wanting more.

  • Fat Vampire

  • By: Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Matt Josdal VOplanet Studios
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
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    4 out of 5 stars 182

When overweight treadmill salesman Reginald Baskin finally meets a co-worker who doesn't make fun of him, it's just his own bad luck that tech guy Maurice turns out to be a two thousand-year-old vampire. And when Maurice turns Reginald to save his life, it's just Reginald's own further bad luck that he wakes up to discover he's become the slowest, weakest, most out-of-shape vampire ever born, doomed to "heal" to his corpulent self for all of eternity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grows On You and becames Warm and Fuzzy

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-15-16

You've never read a vampire tale like this.

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Reviewed: 06-23-14

Bram Stoker wrote the rules on vampires. Those rules held firm until Anne Rice came along. She changed the rules and upped the sexy. Now, vampires are everywhere and come in myriad varieties. There are sparkly vampires, time traveling vampires, no-need-for-blood vampires, demon vampires, Christian vampires — all kinds of vampires. Authors have been set free from the Stoker and Rice rules, but apparently, one rule remains. Vampires must be hot. Dead, apparently, is sexy. It’s the unbreakable vampire rule. Until now.
Johnny B. Truant has written a hilarious book about a …you guessed it … fat vampire. Turns out, dead really isn’t so sexy after all. Just ask Reginald.
Reginald Baskin is an overweight, middle-aged cog in the modern corporate machine. He’s totally average, completely ordinary, except that he is fat. Very, very fat. Reginald is a playground bully’s wet dream — that kind of fat.
When Reginald goes on a rare evening out with the new guy at the office, he gets a lot more than he bargained for. What he gets is dead. Vampires have to be hot, right? Everybody knows that, so Reginald is initially pretty stoked. But it soon becomes clear that the “hot” rule is not going to apply to him. His maker informs him that when people make the decision to become one of the undead, they train relentlessly to acquire the body and skills that they’ll have for eternity. Over time, their natural talents and aptitudes will get a boost, but it’s not a sure bet from the outset. Since Reginald’s turning was a spur of the moment situation, he’s destined to spend eternity in his own, fat body.
Reginald’s efforts to thwart the realities of his new existence were both touching and entertaining. Sure, this is a vampire tale, and we all know there are enough of those around, but Truant goes out of his way to avoid all the usual vampire tropes and tells a fresh story with humor as its anchor.
The author’s conversational style and tone is a perfect fit for spoken narration. From the second I started Fat Vampire, it was as though I’d just sat down at the local pub, and the guy next to me said, ‘Hey, let me tell you what happened to this guy I know.’

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