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  • You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)

  • By: Jeff Goins
  • Narrated by: Jeff Goins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 372

In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer. He gives you practical steps to improve your writing, get published in magazines, and build a platform that puts you in charge. This audiobook is about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century. You will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Author is someone I'd like to have a beer with

  • By Jennifer S. Leblanc on 04-21-15

I Am a Writer

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

I had gotten into the trap of marketing before I was really writing. This book showed me what I was doing and now I'm committing to writing instead of avoiding it. Thank you. Much of the information in this book seems more useful to non-fiction writers which I wish I had known before I bought it. But there was still a lot of information that even I, as a novelist, found invaluable. I was very impressed with his performance too. A lot of authors can't do their own voice work.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,864

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Beautifully written

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

This story is marvelously written the prose is beautiful and the setting is enchanting, I wasn't hugely fond of the romance, it was difficult for me to swallow, the way the leads talked to each other sounded more like a high school gushing on her crush (yes, even the guy) than a genuine healthy relationship, but I loved the characters themselves. The twins were fabulous and the use of 2nd person to make the reader experience the circus themselves was outstanding. Best use of 2nd person I've ever seen. Thank you for the marvelous read.

  • Creating Character Arcs

  • The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development
  • By: K.M. Weiland
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters - but it just isn't grabbing the attention of readers or agents? It's time to look deeper into the story beats that create realistic and compelling character arcs. Internationally published, award-winning novelist K.M. Weiland shares her acclaimed method for achieving memorable and moving character arcs in every book you write.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Character Arc Perfection!

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-16-17

Best writing book I've read.

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

I'm so thankful for this book. The information was clear and understandable, there were a lot of examples and I loved the question at the end of each chapter. They made me think as I was listening and ultimately saved my novel from the trash folder (figuratively, I'd never actually toss it out permanently.)
There is a lot of repeated information from Structuring Your Novel, but I read this one first, and now that I have read that one I think this is ultimately the better book. I can't wait until the workbook is released.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Structuring Your Novel

  • Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story
  • By: K. M. Weiland
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

Why do some stories work and others don't? The answer is structure. In this IPPY and NIEA Award-winning guide from the author of the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, you will discover the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will help you to not only perfectly time your story's major events, but will also provide you with an unerring standard to use in evaluating your novel's pacing and progression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding Resource for Writers

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-01-15

Good but...

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

I think this is the weakest of her (at the time of this review) four books on writing. Much of Structuring Your Novel is repeated in her book on character arcs, though this book came before that one I feel that book is significantly more clear and easier to understand. However in saying that I learned a lot from listening to this audiobook and remembered things I had learned elsewhere and didn't quite understand. Sonja Field did a wonderful job narrating as usual.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,552

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • whoops

  • By A. Bunnell on 04-19-17

Immersive and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

I loved listening to Newt's actor read his book, it was incredibly immersive. I however thought a bit more effort could have been put into the book itself. I understand it was done with charity in mind, but that doesn't excuse what feels like a halfhearted attempt to describe the wonderful and incredible creatures in Rowling's world. The descriptions of the animals were all far to short for me to believe this could ever be considered a thorough guide much less a textbook. However, there is quite a bit of information that isn't given in the Harry Potter books so it wasn't as though no heart was put into it just not quite as much as I would expect from what is supposed to be a textbook written by a man who loved his creatures as much as Newt.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Ruins of Gorlan

  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1
  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,674

Will is an orphan and a ward of the castle. He hopes to someday become a great hero. But he is a small boy, and only the biggest and toughest are selected as warriors. He has other talents though, and they catch the attention of the mysterious Ranger Halt. Will soon masters stealth and accuracy with the bow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YA?

  • By Deborah Buskirk on 10-12-12

Like the voices

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

There's a few pauses that feel unnatural, but I like the voices the performer uses for most the characters.