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  • World-Building from the Inside Out

  • By: Janeen Ippolito
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gisi
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Go to the heart of your world and build it well! Memorable world-building enhances story, attracts readers and listeners, and sells books and audiobooks! Find the core of your science fiction or fantasy people and instill your narrative with universal themes and concepts derived from real-world cultures. World-Building from the Inside Out challenges you to go deep and build fantastical worlds that truly bring your story to life! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • REAL STUFF with no FLUFF, & only 101 MINUTES!

  • By BuildItLikeBeal on 12-14-18

REAL STUFF with no FLUFF, & only 101 MINUTES!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

This short work is packed with good stuff every author should consider before creating a new world for their story! It's dense with things to consider. However, those 101 minutes of material took me a full day to get through while making notes and jotting down comments on what was relevant to my project. The author, Janeen Ippolito, categorically goes through all of the social and political influences, customs, and other factors, that in my view, influence a character's nuanced behaviors as they intuitively and realistically come to life, living the story they have been written into. There's no fluff here. It's a bang for the buck, no-nonsense, fast-paced, comprehensive list of the most important influences on any culture and all the individuals that live in it.

Some of the categories this book covers are;
Society, (with subcategories like technology, naming, customs, gender roles, family structure, traditions, and coming of age)
Religion and Philosophy,
Goverment,
Apperance,
Location,
Health and Medicine,
Military,
and Education. With each category having many sub-categories and brief explanations on their influence within a story.

Even though only a fraction of what this book lays out would actually be communicated within the words of a story, much of it should be decided by the author in advance of the story's creation. The intention being that once the story is in the readers hands, the flow, attitudes, and feel of the culture surrounding the character can be unconsciously perceived by the reader to intuitively fit together, without necessitating dry exposition or long elaboration to establish them.

The author relates in the introduction that the book was written because of the "I wish I would have known" and "wisdom in hindsight" she experienced after years of her own work feeling like it was missing something. I found value in what she has shared and saw it had no reviews, so decided to write this one.

  • Whitney Wallace's Crazy Concert Catastrophe: For 4-10 Year Olds, Perfect for Bedtime & Young Readers

  • Whitney Learns a Lesson Series, Book 3
  • By: Susan G. Charles
  • Narrated by: Marlene Markos
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Our heroine, Whitney Wallace, is having a fit to go to a concert featuring her favorite band but soon finds out that her parents are not going to buy her the tickets. No matter how much she asks they won't budge. Then the librarian shares a possible new way to see the show with her, for free. Will she be able to actually meet these new goals, make her plan work and get the free tickets too? And will she be able to do it in the two-week time frame before the show happens? Is she really willing to put in the work needed to reach her goal?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Books for Teaching Life Lessons to Kids

  • By Son of Odin on 11-17-18

The value of working toward a goal

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

This story follows a young girl as she goes through the learning process of putting in the effort of working for something she really wants. Let's face it, this is not a natural skill in our modern age. This story can serve as a good teaching tool for parents and teachers in their efforts to instill in youth the value of working toward a goal and the vision and belief in themselves that they can reach for things they thought they might have no chance of obtaining.

I was given this book for free at my request in exchange for this unbiased and honest review.

  • Mindfulness

  • Top 10 Tips Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness
  • By: Charlie Mason
  • Narrated by: T.A. Hodgson
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

One of the best treatments for anxiety disorders, including OCD, is mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of constantly being aware of your own inner world and your environment in such a way that you are able to accept what is going on without being judgmental. Practicing mindfulness can actually alleviate some of the symptoms of OCD, helping people suffering from it get their lives back. This book will give you 10 different ways that you can practice mindfulness with particular information as to how each of these different ways can benefit people with OCD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lot of good things to think about

  • By AverageChick on 01-16-19

Guiding tips for traversing your day of compulsion

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

This is a helpful guide for anyone that suffers from clinically diagnosed or undiagnosed obsessive compulsive (OC) behaviors. It clearly and helpfully reveals possible triggers, feelings, and signs of OC behaviors to watch out for. But most of all, it describes the practice of being mindful when these situations occur which can assist in the minimization of the behaviors and possibly aid in the prevention of them all together.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • An Endless Array of Broken Men

  • By: Edison McDaniels
  • Narrated by: Edison McDaniels
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

This short story is a tale of the surgeons working amid the chaos and carnage of Gettysburg in 1863. For Josiah Boyd, hell is 24 sleepless hours, every one of them scalpel in hand, standing under a cross in a nameless church atop a dusty hill after a pointless battle. For too many good men, this is where the world ends.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - A TRUE TESTAMENT OF COURAGE & STRENGTH

  • By Victoria Haugen on 11-18-18

A Civil War Surgeon's Experience

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

This short story puts the reader in the tent with a Civil War battlefield surgeon and his patients for a few harrowing days. While it does portray the grit of this scenario, it also does a good job of making the reader reflect on what it would have been like to endure such an experience in any of those roles. Worth the listen!

I was given this book for free at my request in exchange for this honest and unbiased review.

  • Binge Eating Disorder: Self Help Binge Eating Guide to Stop and Overcome Overeating

  • By: Charlie Mason
  • Narrated by: Jeff Lewis
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

This book will discuss the causes of binge eating and help you learn how to stop it! By learning what triggers a binge eating episode, a person is empowered to break the cycle that keeps them unhealthy and unhappy. Also explained is why diets will not make you thinner nor stop overeating. The bad habits that keep you locked into continuing binge eating are described along with an easy way to do away with them. A guide to making a food plan that will give you complete control over your food intake is included. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative..

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 11-19-18

Useful information for all!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

When I see a title like this, I usually think about someone who has a real problem, but we all do it! As this book illistrates, even if it's only from time to time, we all binge eat! The author clearly spells out many reasons why we do this and gives useful suggestions on how to avoid or work with the desire in a healthier way.

I was given this book for free at my request in exchange for this honest and unbiased review.

  • Astropithecus

  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Scott
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

An asteroid parks on Earth's orbit, and Alex Jones is sent to collect samples and figure it out. But the passenger is chatty, and his revelations are mind-blowing. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Listen

  • By Shannon G on 01-04-19

Interesting short and fun!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

This is a humorous short story about what 1 asked her not fines when investigating a near Earth asteroid. Definitely worth your listen!

I was given this book for free in exchange for this honest and unbiased review.

  • Top 10 Thing You Need to Know by Age 30

  • A Practical Guide to Knowing the Most Important Things in Life Before You Get Old
  • By: Marc Stachado
  • Narrated by: Andre White Jr.
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

This audiobook is a compilation of the top 10 things you should know by the age of 30. A few tried-and-tested hacks will make your life more comfortable in the long run. While you can still make the most of your 20s, it’s always a good idea to plan for the third decade of your life to avoid sleepless nights and better deal with the challenges that are going to hit you sooner than you would like.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great advice I wish I had when I was younger

  • By eris on 01-20-19

Things to do or start in your 20's.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

This is a nice concise list of things that everyone in their twenties should seriously incorporate into their lives. It's a rare thing for one in their thirties or forties to look back on the choices they made in their twenties and be able to honestly say they thought they had been wise. If one were to follow this list they could look back with pride and do just that!

I was given this book for free at my request in exchange for this honest and unbiased review.

  • The Mosaic of CP

  • By: Win Charles
  • Narrated by: Evan Schmitt
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The music of CP is less about having CP, but dealing with building a beautiful mosaic of life. A higher power has gifted me - I just have to build the pieces on top of the foundation of CP, just like a beautiful mosaic, putting it together piece by piece. That's what dealing with CP is like. Some days you shatter, others you work 100%, but all in all, you make a beautiful mosaic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The author really shines!!

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 11-06-18

Show me, don't tell me

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This quick listen was more of an introduction to a bright talented woman with Cerebral Palsy, CP, than it was a story or compilation of descriptive experiences that one living with CP might experience. I was looking forward to gaining some level of empathy and understanding by hearing some of the stories about the author's struggles and triumphs that would form this mosaic as was described in the description of the audio book. Some were briefly mentioned in more of a headline fashion without the accompanying substance. It felt to be a diary of thoughts and goals and what their accomplishment would mean to her. She promotes her blog a few times and perhaps this is where those gems are found, but they were not told here. She states that she wants to move toward audio in her goals in journalism because people are migrating toward listening instead of reading to accommodate our busy modern lives. So must I go to her blog to read about any piece that makes up the mosaic of CP?

I realize the author has, and is experiencing triumph over the challenges that CP brings. But when one picks up an audio book to listen about someone or what they have to say, you expect them to be extraordinary, that's the price of admission. I then expect the evidence to unfold that proves why this person is extraordinary by allowing me to experience through their words a journey they finished that led them through some change or triumph. That was not found here.

I was given this review copy of this audio book at my request free of charge in exchange for this honest and unbiased review.

  • The Very Hungry Honey Badger

  • A Children's Book for Grown Ups
  • By: S.m. Torres
  • Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Honey Badger is angry because Honey Badger is hungry. In The Very Hungry Honey Badger, you’ll witness the angriest mammal in the animal kingdom get into several fights as he searches for food. From scaring off buffalo to battling cobras, Honey Badger will show you he does not mess around when his stomach’s grumbling. Someone get him food, pronto!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Chuck Norris of the Animal World

  • By Son of Odin on 11-04-18

A children's story for adults, but not really.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This is a silly story, dramatized in an over the top comic book fashion that, as it's title states, is written for grown ups, but I'm not sure why. It is clearly a children's story that portrays the personality of the Honey Badger, as well as the negative impact of being hangry. If it is a story for adults, it's just annoying. If its for children, it's silly enough that it might get some laughter.

I was given this review copy of this audio book for free in exchange for this unbiased and honest review.

  • Toots and Poots in a World Full of Snoots

  • The Amazing True Story of One Boy's Gas-tly Abilities: Diary of a Kindergarten Grade Farting Ninja
  • By: Susan G. Charles
  • Narrated by: Ian Coo
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Warning: This children's book may instigate farts, flatulence, and lots of laughter too. And it's the perfect audiobook to grab the attention of reluctant readers. Listen on to find out more about a boy named "Toots", his adventures into the gas-tly arts, and the lessons he learned "in the end"! Your kids will love this kids' fart book - and they might learn something too! And it might even encourage reluctant readers to join in and listen as well!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book was a Gas!

  • By Son of Odin on 11-04-18

Some children are just gifted!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This children's story teaches why the need for gaseous restraint is a wisdom best learned at a distance through the observance of others! If you have little stinkers running around, stop right now and sit them down to listen to this cute, well done audio book that is guaranteed to have them snickering, then laughing, then clenching their little sympathetic cheeks as the moral of the story is delivered. He he

The story is well written and the narration very good. This is a great addition to your library when a little light-hearted, yet instructive, entertainment is just the ticket for your little ones as well as yourself.

I was given this audio book for free at my request in exchange for this honest and unbiased review.