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  • Mozart in the Jungle

  • Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
  • By: Blair Tindall
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

In a book that inspired the Amazon original series starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Malcolm McDowell, oboist Blair Tindall recounts her decades-long professional career as a classical musician, from the recitals and Broadway orchestra performances to the secret life of musicians who survive hand to mouth in the backbiting New York classical music scene, trading sexual favors for plum jobs and assignments in orchestras across the city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, but with long pedantic sections

  • By M. S. Cohen on 01-17-16

I'm sorry, this reader is awful

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I usually try to be positive - I'm a huge fan of the series, and I like the content so far, but I'll never be able to get through this reader... She pauses in weird places, like after every line of dialogue, and has a kind of sharp (New York?) accent. Anyhow it's terrible. No idea if the book is any good - I couldn't get past the beginning.

  • Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story

  • By: Angus Fletcher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Angus Fletcher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Whether you want to write your own scripts or simply gain a deeper appreciation for the great stories you see unfold on the screen, Professor Angus Fletcher is here to show you the way in Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story. Professor Fletcher, Professor of English and Film at The Ohio State University, brings both a personal and scholarly perspective to this craft. As a screenwriter himself, he has experienced the ins and outs of the process first-hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it's great

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-11-18

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

This course was fun, entertaining, and helpful! A truly great experience! Thank you Prof. Fletcher!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Solving the Procrastination Puzzle

  • A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change
  • By: Timothy A. Pychyl
  • Narrated by: Timothy A. Pychyl
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 671

The new audio edition of the self-published hit, offering powerful strategies to end procrastination!

Why do we sabotage our own best intentions? How can we eliminate procrastination from our lives for good? Based on current psychological research and supplemented with clear strategies for change, this concise guide will help listeners finally break free from self-destructive ideas and habits, and move into freedom and accomplishment.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Procrastinator at Work Right Before Your Eyes

  • By Sara on 12-03-14

Neither helpful nor informative

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Mr Pychyl spends the first two chapters of this audio book thanking nearly everyone he’s ever met and then painstakingly explaining why he’s chosen to write a book that’s short and to the point - there’s 20 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back!

Then Pychyl finally reveals his big insight - to stop procrastinating “just get started” - that’s right - if you get started you, by definition, are no longer procrastinating. No wonder my dishes never get done!! If I want to get them washed, I have to stop procrastinating and start washing them!! Wait - they won’t wash themselves... boo.

Just in case Pychyl gives the following “exercise” to help gain insight into why “just starting” hasn’t yet cured your procrastination:
Make a list of everything you procrastinate on
Write down whatever emotions are associated with those things
Look for a pattern!

You see - if you find the pattern you’ve solved your problem.

This is hack pop-psychology writing at its worst - do not recommend.

  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: William Hootkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

"Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, EXCELLENT reading!

  • By Jessica on 02-18-09

A Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

I now know why Moby Dick is considered not just a classic, but a masterpiece. With humor, insight, charm, and true passion Melville tells a tale that is as large as its namesake whale. Brought to life brilliantly by Hootkins, a must read for all.

  • Story

  • Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
  • By: Robert McKee
  • Narrated by: Robert McKee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531

Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress, and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese, and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives, and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Listening

  • By Steve Taylor on 10-05-09

Just Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

A compassionate, deeply thought, deeply felt treatise on the structure of story. Would recommend to anyone - it stands alone as an interesting read - moments of scene analysis are fascinating.