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  • 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 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

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

Just sayin'

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

This was a good approach to understanding the strategy of story-writing, but it won't make you ready to write a screenplay. Two things really bugged me, and I admit to over-reacting. One, the professor's articulation was poor in several sessions, and I think The Great Courses company tapes too many lectures on one day, causing vocal fatigue. Two, I've consulted three dictionaries, and the professor defines empathy as sympathy and sympathy as empathy. Hasn't anyone ever corrected him?

  • The Delphi Effect

  • The Delphi Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Rysa Walker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

It's never wise to talk to strangers...and that goes double when they're dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station - she never knows where she'll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ghosts, and other paranormal gifts

  • By Montzalee Wittmann on 10-11-17

Not for Adults

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-18

For teen readers, the characters may be more relatable and the plot may be less predictable. For adults, the protagonist is not a Katniss or a Tris. Characters are added more to serve the needs of the plot than to make us care about them.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,248
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,808

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Reads like a very long essay

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

The first rule in a creative writing class is "show don't tell." This book is the opposite. I'm returning it.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,028

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

What's the right question?

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

Good sci-fi is usually inspired by a philosophical question. "What would you do if you had it to do over again knowing what you know now?" is not a philosophical question at first, but a personal one. Initially, it's about living well, having money, freedom, goals, love. All the youthful regrets can be undone, and all the youthful disadvantages turned into advantages. But what if all that you achieve is erased? Nietzsche's eternal recurrence, Camus' Myth of Sisyphus, Socrates' unexamined life....everything you do ultimately comes to an end, no matter what you do. How do you live in that circumstance? The answer to the question makes this novel worth listening to. It's not profound, but it is interesting.

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,461

When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin - one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By kathrine on 06-19-15

A strong woman's sexy fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

If you like Kresley Cole's Immortals after Dark and Arcana Chronicles or the Divergent Trilogy, you will love this

  • The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte

  • By: Syrie James
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

From Syrie James, the best-selling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, comes a novel that captures the passionate heart and restless soul of Charlotte Brontë—the author who gave the world Jane Eyre while longing for a soulmate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twice a year

  • By Victoria Evangelina on 03-23-12

Like a New Masterpiece by Charlotte Bronte

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

Jane Eyre is my all-time favorite novel, and I always wondered why Charlotte Bronte's other works were not as good. After reading this fictional novel, I understand why, and I forgive Charlotte.

This fictional memoir feels authentic, using the words Charlotte Bronte would use and expressing thoughts and feelings that she would have had. By illustrating historical people and events, Syrie James shows where Charlotte found her characters and inspiration to write. Charlotte writes Jane Eyre at a time when she believes love and marriage are forever out of reach for her. Charlotte lives like stoical Jane Eyre as a young woman and like the stormy Mr. Rochester in her late twenties. The novel Jane Eyre comes from duelling aspects of Charlotte's personality. James shows that Charlotte's life after publishing Jane Eyre was a life well lived instead of another novel well-written, which is what it should be.
I have read other Syrie James novels. This is is her masterpiece.

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,470
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,076

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Thandie Newton Sets the Bar High

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

Listeners have many choices when selecting audio renditions of Jane Eyre, but this performance is clearly the best. I first owned the Juliet Stevenson version and have listened to it many times. I am glad I spent $2.00 for this version! The Rochester in this book is not a suave lady's man, but dark through and through. Other renditions rush through his lines, making him sound arrogant and presumptive instead of insecure and desperate. Rochester is not just bearing a secret, but is wounded and jaded in this version. Jane's lines are not rushed, and Newton gives Jane's thoughts more emotional content than her words, while others narrators don't make that distinction. Whether this is your first exposure to Jane Eyre or you already own another audio version, this performance finally does Charlotte Bronte justice. I listen over and over again.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Buried Book

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,743

It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Truth Hurts

  • By Charles Atkinson on 01-30-18

Could not keep listening

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-16

The dialog was melodramatic, and the performance was like an old Saturday morning cartoon. The story was worthwhile, but it was a sad story The performance misinterpreted the tone for all but two characters. I am glad I am listening for free on Kindle Unlimited and did not pay for this.

11 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Kindle Publishing Made (Stupidly) Easy

  • How to Prepare, Publish and Promote Your Book into a Kindle Bestseller
  • By: Michael Rogan
  • Narrated by: Greg Zarcone
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Kindle publishing doesn't have to mean $50 royalty checks and hours spent updating countless Facebook pages all so that a couple hundred people may or may not grab a free copy of your book. Kindle publishing can actually be the most magical thing of all to writers: the chance to have a lucrative self publishing career doing the thing they love most: writing words down. We couldn't have said any of this 10 years ago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You'll Need the Kindle Version, too.

  • By Jennifer on 08-20-16

You'll Need the Kindle Version, too.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

The title is a bit misleading. The nuts and bolts of putting your e-book in Amazon's Kindle store-are found in "How to Write a Book that Doesn't Suck and Will Actually Sell," not here. A better title would be, "How to Make Your Kindle Publications Best Sellers.

This book is packed full of advertising strategies I never would have known. It also is full of great information, but an audio book is the worst way to receive that information because it contains so many long website addresses. I would have to press pause and write them down if I didn't buy the Kindle edition as a companion.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 2

  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,900

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite narrator!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-22-11

Not Safe for Some Readers

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

I have enjoyed this book more than once. It's gripping and definitely succeeds as a fantasy genre novel. It is also funny, romantic, and very sexy after the first ten or so chapters. This series is infinitely better than 50 Shade of Gray, but it shares a big flaw with that book.

For readers who have been sexually assaulted or abused, don't read this book or the first book in the series. The first chapters made my skin crawl with forcible groping and our "hero" asserting that the "heroine's" resulting physical arousal is the same as consent. The violence stops short of penile penetration, but the heroine is manually raped. The worst part is that the heroine falls in love with her perpetrator and complains only of being imprisoned by the hero.

I can't be the only per son with these objections. In this and subsequent books, the author tries to excuse the assault because the hero has been cut off from the world for 150 years and has PTSD when in the in the presence of vampire, and the heroine is half vampires. Nonetheless, our heroine was thoroughly modern an d she should have called abuse abuse, assault assault.
The rest of the books do not give me any heartburn

0 of 1 people found this review helpful