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  • The Last Jedi

  • Star Wars
  • By: Jason Fry
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,843
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623

Written with input from director Rian Johnson, this official adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi expands on the film to include scenes from alternate versions of the script and other additional content. From the ashes of the Empire has arisen another threat to the galaxy’s freedom: the ruthless First Order. Fortunately, new heroes have emerged to take up arms - and perhaps lay down their lives - for the cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will love the audio version.

  • By Robert A. Raymond on 03-07-18

Author excellent, Performance excellent, plot meh

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I wish Jason Fry had written the screenplay! Oh well. He did a great job fleshing out thoughts and backstories that couldn't necessarily be conveyed in a movie. Marc Thompson was an EXCELLENT reader. The sound effects and John Williams' music in the background added to the fun. This book was WAY better than the book for Episode VII, because there was so much more background added, since Jason Fry is a Star Wars writer and genius. :)

  • Effective Copywriting Techniques

  • The Ads That Sell
  • By: Anthony Ekanem
  • Narrated by: Brigham Sunday
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Advertising is salesmanship multiplied. Nothing more. And advertising copy, or copywriting, is salesmanship in print. The purpose of a copywriter's job is to sell. The selling is accomplished by persuasion with the written word, much like a television commercial sells (if done properly) by persuading with visuals and audio. So it stands to reason that knowing some basic rules or techniques about writing effective copy is in order.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By CourtneyWNY on 07-09-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Basics of copywriting, yes, but not good for audiobook format. Not very interestingly presented. This verbal performance was lackluster at best. I think you're better off listening to interviews with Bob Bly and other copywriters and entrepreneurs for inspiration.

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  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,242

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is well worth listening too! Main points are.

  • By Ralph on 10-21-11

Every human being should read this!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Read.
This.
Book.
Great, positive, practical principles to live by. Encourages us to think of other people rather than ourselves both in relationships and in the workplace. I will be starting over and continuing to listen to a chapter every day... indefinitely!
Three stars to the performance, he sounds like a 1940's newsreel announcer. It's alright but a bit nerdy. Not in a cool way.

  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 31 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795

The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A knockout!

  • By Robert on 03-15-07

A great story and a great performance!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I just love Nicholas Nickleby!!!!! The wicked are entertaining and the good are heartwarming! The description of the boys' school is so clear and awful! But what I really love is how Nicholas doesn't take crap from anyone! He's probably my favorite Dickens character. This is a long book but worth the plot twists at the end!!!

  • The Copywriting Laws

  • 50 Tips & Strategies to Successful Copywriting
  • By: George Lucas
  • Narrated by: Christopher Wyles
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

This book is for entrepreneurs, marketers, founders, bloggers, or any other person who wants to compose copy to be in touch with a larger audience and to sell more effectively. In case your plan is to write copy to sell more online or to get more followers, then this book is for you.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not very well-written, terrible narration

  • By CourtneyWNY on 05-24-18

Not very well-written, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

There are so many other books and interviews about, by, and with copywriters here on Audible. Don't waste your time with this one. For example, he goes on about keeping the writing simple, but does so in an overcomplicated manner. --And this narrator mispronounces 6th grade vocabulary words. Very distracting.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 198,673
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,103

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

A nerd's paradise

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

A really fun lead character that you're happy to root for, a jillion references to 80's movies, music, and video games... a dystopian future where Wil Wheaton is an "old geezer" ;)... An interesting exploration into life that is really hard in the real world for nearly everyone, but where everyone can immerse themselves in an easily accessible virtual world. The further I got into the book, the more I wanted to know what happens next! I can't wait to see the movie that is coming out this month! I very highly recommend this book!!!

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,448

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Sally on 01-04-10

Wow, Ms. Gaskell was a genius!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Elizabeth Gaskell seems like she could have had a degree in Psychology, Economics, and of course Creative Writing! She is brilliant! And Juliet Stevenson is perfect, as always. This book is so wonderful! The BBC series is great, but the book is soooooooo worth the time! You'll really understand the characters so much better!

  • Eternity's Mind

  • Saga of Shadows, Book 3
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592

Two decades after the devastating Elemental War, which nearly destroyed the cosmos, the new Confederation restored peace and profitable commerce among the peoples and worlds of the Spiral Arm. The ambitious, innovative Roamers went back to their traditional business of harvesting the vital stardrive fuel ekti from the clouds of gas giant planets, and the telepathic green priests of Theroc provided instantaneous galaxy-wide communication via their connection to the powerful and sentient worldtrees.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not great but a good end to the trilogy

  • By Sailfish on 09-23-16

Whew! What a saga!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Great performance by Mark Boyett!!! I really enjoyed Kevin Anderson's writing style and creative universe! I liked how the plot really took unexpected turns, and how the chapters started with brief reminders about each character, because there were many, many interesting characters to follow! The aliens were really clearly described and fun to follow, and the bad guys were super nasty, which also was interesting. Read all three of these books in the Saga of Shadows to really appreciate this conclusion!

  • Pride and Prejudice [Audible Studios]

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694

Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice

  • By Dr. Roberta on 05-28-09

Such a fun novel

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Probably Jane Austen's most famous book, it'll be worth your while to give it a listen! Elizabeth Bennett is so much fun. Part of what I love about her is that she is such an imperfect heroine. The follies of her mother, sister, and their cousin Mr. Collins (every family has THAT relation...!) are also written with a wink and a smile. I think this is my 4th or 5th time reading this, and I love it more each time. Do yourself the favor of watching the long Colin Firth version of P&P as well... He IS Mr. Darcy. And in that version, as I listened to this book again, I realize that the actress who played Lady Catherine was SPOT ON. The only slight disappointment here was the performance. She has a nice voice, and it's certainly not awful or irritating... She just didn't seem to 'get' Jane Austen's humor sometimes as she read certain funny conversions. Other than that I thought she did a great job. :)

  • Bad Country

  • By: C. B. McKenzie
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,914

Rodeo Grace Garnet lives alone, save for his old dog, in a remote corner of Arizona known to locals as the Hole. He doesn't get many visitors, but a body found near his home has drawn police attention to his front door. The victim is not one of the many illegal immigrants who risk their lives to cross the border just south of the Hole, but is instead a member of one of the local Indian tribes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!! Please give this book a chance to knock you off your feet!

  • By DanBudda on 12-24-15

Nice tight storytelling, poetic and wretched

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

Well, I had to find out what happened, so I finished the story... but there were so many awful, unsavory characters that the going sometimes got tough for me. This was a hive of scum and villainy from beginning to end, with some surprises but mostly just raw hopelessness. I almost felt like the author had a hat full of pieces of paper with humanity's worst vices and he kept picking them and peppering the story with them to an unnecessary degree. On the positive side, I do really like the writing style, with a great deal of sensory description which helps you to be in the moment with the "hero". He also wove the mystery into the story so well that I HAD to keep going! Mark Bramhall was the PERFECT reader for this book, with a gritty cowboy voice and good voices for different characters. He's very talented and skilled.