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Patricia Holdiman

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  • The Secrets of Story

  • Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers
  • By: Matt Bird
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

The Secrets of Story is a revolutionary and comprehensive writing guide for the 21st century, focused on clever ways to get an audience to fully identify with an all-too-human hero. Authors will learn to how to cut through pop culture noise and win over a jaded modern audience by rediscovering the heart of writing: shaping stories that ring true to our shared understanding of human nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want this guy to be my editor

  • By Charley Dunn on 01-09-17

Valuable resource with good insight

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

In my desire to be a writer I have read many books on how to write, how to build characters etc etc.
This is actually the first book that Supplied enough information to make the time spent reading/listening to it worthwhile.
Mr. Bird gave great advice and broke down a lot of the details into smaller and more understandable chunks of information.
I was actually beginning to lose hope that I would find a book that is so useful.
I have already read this book twice and I intend to keep reading it until everything sinks in to my thick cranium.
I would definitely recommend this book and say that it's worth every penny.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Midnight Assassin

  • Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer
  • By: Skip Hollandsworth
  • Narrated by: Clint Jordan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas, was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London's infamous Jack the Ripper. For almost exactly one year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives, and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Cold, Cold Case

  • By 6catz on 04-08-16

History of Austin

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

This book is more along the lines of a "history of Austin" that just happened to include a murderous mystery.
Well written but I prefer more information on the serial killer and the murders.
Just felt dry.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful