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  • Plot Gardening: A Simple Guide to Outlining Your Novel

  • Write Faster, Write Smarter Series, Book 7
  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

What separates great novels from mediocre ones? Story. Authors that master this vital skill keep their readers and listeners up at night, and suffer the deluge of 'when is the next book coming out' emails. Whether you are a first-time novelist, or a seasoned author, Plot Gardening will teach you the fundamentals of storytelling, delivered in a practical way. Through exercises at the end of each chapter you will build your own outline, and you'll do it without sacrificing the creativity that is so vital to telling great stories.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Fluff, just actionable info

  • By Tom H. on 06-05-18

Informative

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Reviewed: 06-23-18

I liked it. Informative. Gives a different direction than just outline everything and pantsing. I liked the examples he uses for steps and shows how they work.

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  • The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures

  • By: Aaron Mahnke
  • Narrated by: Aaron Mahnke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

They live in shadows - deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of our minds. They're spoken of in stories and superstitions, relics of an unenlightened age, old wives' tales, passed down through generations. Yet no matter how wary and jaded we have become, as individuals or as a society, a part of us remains vulnerable to them: werewolves and wendigos, poltergeists and vampires, angry elves and vengeful spirits.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just a rehash of the podcast

  • By Elan Diamond on 10-18-17

Informative

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Reviewed: 06-14-18

I like how the book went into how the myths were created and history of them. I learned quite a bit. I wished it was oragnized a little better otherwise I liked it how it explained all of the history and the theories of the stories.

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  • Spellship

  • The Magitech Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
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    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Voria, Aran, and Nara survived their trip into the Umbral Depths. They retrieved the Talon and are now searching for the First Spellship, the key to victory in their war against the Krox. Their search leads them to Virkonna, the home of the Last Dragonflight, a world where dragons still rule. The world where Aran was born. Aran's past finally catches up with him, and he is forced to answer for killing Khalahk. The Wyrms demand he undergo a March of Honor, a brutal trek that few survive. Nara must not only accept Aran's fate but use it as a distraction to locate the First Spellship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling!!

  • By Steven Gale on 04-13-18

you will be on the edge of your seat

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Reviewed: 05-01-18

I thought each characters' paths thru the story was well weaved. some points I thought how are they going to get out of this. Then bam. Good book. I was entertained

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sly Flourish's The Lazy Dungeon Master

  • By: Michael E. Shea
  • Narrated by: Colby Elliott
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

You love Dungeons and Dragons. As an experienced dungeon master, you've run dozens, if not hundreds of games. You put a lot of work into making your games great. What if there's another way to look at how you prepare your game? What if it turned out you could spend less time and less energy and have a better game as a result? It's time to unleash the Lazy Dungeon Master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exactly what I was looking for

  • By Jesse on 02-22-16

good advice

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Reviewed: 04-19-18

I did like some of the advice from the author. I really like the advice from the dungeon masters he interviewed the most though. i liked he explai ed thoroughly went thru his process of allied Npcs and antagonist npcs. I enjoyed this book and would recommend even for novice dm's.

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  • The Great Influenza

  • The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
  • By: John M. Barry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,899
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
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    4 out of 5 stars 1,210

No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Gory

  • By Nancy on 07-01-08

great history lesson

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Reviewed: 04-13-18

The book was thorough in explaining the pandemic. From where the probable origin of the disease, the scientist that helped fight it, was affectsbit on society and lastly what this means for the future. It was quite and educational experience. I would recommend this book to others for the sake of what fear and lack of information can do to harm not just the United States but the world.

  • Void Wyrm

  • The Magitech Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Major Voria stands ready to accept the cost for her actions at Marid. Stripped of command and resources, Voria must find a ship and rally a crew. Somewhere within the Umbral Depths lays a hidden world, a world that the dead god, Marid, intended her to find. Aran faces a choice. Halt his war mage training and, in the process, give up clues to his past, or abandon Voria. Aran sacrifices everything to follow Voria on a suicidal quest into the one place where even gods fear to tread.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the Magitech Chronicles

  • By Josh R on 03-04-18

great sequal

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Reviewed: 03-02-18

The story definitely keeps you on your toes. I like how the characters have progressed and the little lessons pay off later in the story. Chris Fox uses everything in the story for good use. If you read tech mage this is a good follow up and tou won't be disappointed.

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  • Talent Is Overrated

  • What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
  • By: Geoff Colvin
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,186
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,088

One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Even-Handed Look At Talent

  • By Sasha L. Stowers on 01-30-11

inspirational Intellectually

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Reviewed: 02-16-18

it gives in a clear and concise manner how great innovatora and performers were not aimply talented. Those who do great did practice with a purpose not just practice for the sheer practice.

  • The Great Pack

  • Deathless, Book 4
  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Only the trio of returning Ark Lords has a prayer of stopping Nox, but they face problems of their own. Blair and Liz arrive in Northern California to find Angel Island deserted, and San Francisco controlled by a kingdom of deathless. Jordan and Trevor return to Peru where werewolves have founded a new religion worshiping the Mother. A religion that preaches that Trevor is the ancient enemy and must be destroyed. Only Jordan can save him, if he can finally learn to trust an old enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dammit

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-31-17

good book

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Reviewed: 02-05-18

this wonderful with character development and genetic manipulation. Also how Jordon and Blare learned leadership in their own style

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur - How to Publish a Book

  • By: Guy Kawasaki, Shawn Welch
  • Narrated by: Lloyd Sherr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

APE's thesis is powerful yet simple: filling the roles of Author, Publisher, and Entrepreneur yields results that rival traditional publishing. We call this "artisanal publishing" - that is, when writers who love their craft control the publishing process and produce high-quality books. APE is 411 minutes of step-by-step, tactical advice and practical inspiration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Progressive marketing anyone with online access

  • By Amanda on 01-16-14

good book

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Reviewed: 01-17-18

i thought the book was informative. There is a lot of wxamples which is helps a lot for new authors like myself. I especially like the ending of the book of the process they went to publish their book.

  • Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day

  • Write Faster, Write Smarter, Book 2
  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Are you tired of writing intermittently? Would you like to install a lifelong writing habit, one that gets your butt in the chair every single day? Then this is the book for you. Lifelong Writing Habit draws on well-tested neuroscience to help you install a daily writing habit that will endure for life. It contains a simple-to-understand system, with actionable steps at the end of every chapter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • straightforward auggestions

  • By MVF on 08-08-16

helpful

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Reviewed: 01-12-18

This helped me jump start to write. Listen this if you need a nudge to write.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful