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  • Five Keys to Successful Nonfiction Writing

  • How I Write One Book per Month
  • By: Matthew Robert Payne
  • Narrated by: Harry Roger Williams III
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

You have decided you want to be a writer. But where do you go from here? What should you do next? In Five Keys to Successful Nonfiction Writing, Matthew shares how he produces a quality book every month.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting overview of the process of writing

  • By OpenTheBooks&Listen on 02-13-19

An interesting overview of the process of writing

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Reviewed: 02-13-19

If you like to write or think you might like to write, and you approach life from a Christian perspective, this is the introduction book for you. It is a well organized and thoughtful overview of the process from beginning to end.

The narrator is smooth, calm and clear. His read is so easy to listen to. Every bit of the book is very well explained and easy to digest. Williams does a terrific job.

(I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher/narrator with a request for an honest review.)

  • The Reckoning

  • By: James Byron Huggins
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
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    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In a world ruled by the purest survivors, the fiercest warriors, Gage was the strongest - an American executing his country’s darkest missions with legendary cunning and skill. Until, wounded and dying in a scorched wasteland, he found mercy at the hands of an aging priest. Separated from the secret world he once dominated, he chose a life of exile, pursuing a lonely peace, a solitary faith. Only the murder of his mentor and the mysterious theft of an ancient manuscript can compel him to emerge from solitude. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW...What a story

  • By Robert on 12-23-18

A fun listen - engaging, story well told

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Reviewed: 12-23-18

I enjoyed this listen. A great job by author and narrator.

This reminded me of a detective story by Dan Brown. Both the good guys and the bad guys are clever and determined and this keeps you guessing. A suspicious attitude towards villains with religious authority carries the story along.

The author knows how to let the story unfold without giving too much away, too quickly. The narrator does a great job of keeping you engaged in the story and helping the pace and story line move along enjoyably.

A terrific listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Package: A Tale of the Holocaust

  • By: Ms Ellen Elizabeth Dudley
  • Narrated by: Veleka Gray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    4 out of 5 stars 5

This tragic tale concerns two Jewish women living in Hamburg in Nazi Germany before WW2, Ellen Kaempfer and Betty Holstein, and a non-Jewish woman, Elfriede Mollenhauer, who tried to help them. Ellen and Betty were to be deported by cattle train, which meant standing room only, a journey that would take days. They were to be taken from Hamburg to a work camp in Poland, a journey without food or drink, with only a bucket for a toilet.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart Wrenching and Wonderfully Performed

  • By Audio Gal on 09-07-18

Sad, Heartbreaking

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Reviewed: 08-26-18

A heartbreaking tale which recounts just one of the millions of tragic stories of the Holocaust.

The story is well written and I became involved with the characters and their tragedy.

Veleka Gray does a wonderful job with the narration. Her voice is very pleasant and emotive. She has an excellent feel for character and dialogue. Just first rate.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Soul of America

  • The Battle for Our Better Angels
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Jon Meacham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,512

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and LBJ, and illuminating the courage of influential citizen activists and civil rights pioneers, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. Each of these dramatic hours have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He takes the long view, displays pattern,Hopeful

  • By zachary on 07-04-18

Some Important and Engaging History Lessons

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Reviewed: 08-01-18

Great to listen to and absorb. Great to know that things get bad and then things get better here in the US. Helps tp give you perspective and even some dose of optimism. I like Meacham's writing more than I like his narration Fred Sanders does a very good job. Get this book for a dose of sanity.

  • Noir

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681

It's not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It's love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an air force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. 'Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he's got the connections on the street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Laugh Riot, Inconsistently Delivered

  • By Maggie May on 04-18-18

As Funny as any book I've ever listened to

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Reviewed: 08-01-18

Very Funny - Laugh out Loud! No fooling. The story is fun, the language and wordplay is fun and the characters are fun. The performance is perfect. Johnny Heller is hilarious in this book. A great listen.