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  • How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

  • Advanced Fiction Writing, Book 1
  • By: Randy Ingermanson
  • Narrated by: James L. Rubart
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Are you writing a novel, but having trouble getting your first draft written? You've heard of "outlining," but that sounds too rigid for you. You've heard of "organic writing," but that seems a bit squishy to you. Take a look at the wildly popular Snowflake Method - a battle-tested series of 10 steps that jump-start your creativity and help you quickly map out your story. All around the world, novelists are using the Snowflake Method right now to ignite their imaginations and get their first drafts down on paper. In this book, you'll follow the story of a fictitious novelist as she learns to tap into the amazing power of the Snowflake Method. Almost magically, she finds her story growing from a simple idea into a deep and powerful novel. And she finds her novel changing her - turning her into a stronger, more courageous person.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredibly helpful methods for beginners

  • By Khoa Ly on 02-01-18

Fantastic

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Reviewed: 01-29-19

I found this book very funny, interesting and useful. There were parts that made me laugh out loud.

  • The Hallowed Hunt

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 665

The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. The road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic and Kingship in the Land of the Five Gods

  • By Rose on 04-25-07

Wonderful

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Reviewed: 01-24-19

I brink this is my favorite book by this author. It held my attention the whole way through.

  • Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver

  • Protect Your Financial Future
  • By: Michael Maloney, Robert Kiyosaki - foreword
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 248
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    5 out of 5 stars 223
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    5 out of 5 stars 223

This is an updated version of the book that accurately predicted the global stock market crash of 2008, the bursting of the real estate bubble, and Ben Bernanke's unprecedented overreaction via quantitative easing programs. First published in 2008, the book quickly became a best seller not just for its timely insight into precious metals investment but for its amazingly accurate prediction of a "roller-coaster crash" - the manipulated whipsaw between inflation, deflation, and back again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book well detailed

  • By Sachin Dedha on 10-18-17

Good, but only for the right people.

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Reviewed: 01-01-19

I don't live in America, and my medium term career prospects are looking shaky at the moment. I dare not shell out a lot of money, and go to a lot of trouble to do what would be necessary for what he proposes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stack Silver Get Gold

  • How to Buy Gold and Silver Bullion Without Getting Ripped Off!
  • By: Hunter Riley III
  • Narrated by: Richard Banks
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Stack Silver Get Gold is the only gold and silver investing book you'll ever need because it's written by a nationally recognized precious metals investing expert and Chicago Mercantile Exchange futures trader with 15 years of buying gold and silver bullion under his belt. He reveals all the tricks of the trade that most people in the gold and silver industry probably don't want you to know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best How to Buy Gold and Silver Book

  • By S. Mcqueen on 04-17-17

Useful

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Reviewed: 12-15-18

This book does what it promises. I enjoyed it quite a lot, and will use its principles.

  • Why 'A' Students Work for 'C' Students and 'B' Students Work for the Government

  • Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Education for Parents
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Kiyosaki expands on his belief that the school system was created to churn out Es / Employees...those "A Students" who read well, memorize well and test well... and not the creative thinkers, visionaries, and dreamers - entrepreneurs-in-the-making...those "C Students" who grow up to be the innovators and creators of new ideas, businesses, applications, and products. The audiobook urges parents not to be obsessed with their kids' "letter grades" ("good grades" might only mean they or the student themselves were successful in jamming a square peg into a round hole...) and focus, instead, on concepts, ideas, and helping their child find their true genius.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good read, Horrible reader

  • By Devrin on 11-06-13

Mixed feelings

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Reviewed: 12-15-18

I learned a lot from this book, and I agree with the main premise that parents should give their children a financial education at home. I find though that it contains a contradiction. The rich lifestyle and way of doing things which it promotes are just not possible for the vast majority of people. One would need a massive amount of capital to purchase just a single rental unit. And you need a job to get money in the first place. And you have to be competent enough and wise enough to choose the right job hold onto the job long enough to get enough capital. There are so many things that can go wrong. I wonder how many people have followed the author's advice and said I am going to go for it, and ended up poverty stricken as a result.

  • The Curse of Chalion

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015

Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a hero... LMB knows

  • By Terri on 04-12-12

A very satisfying story

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Reviewed: 10-06-18

I enjoyed reading this. The ending was very satisfying. The characters were interesting and believable.

  • Side Hustle

  • From Idea to Income in 27 Days
  • By: Chris Guillebeau
  • Narrated by: Chris Guillebeau
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762

For some people, the thought of quitting their day job to pursue the entrepreneurial life is exhilarating. For many others, it's terrifying. After all, a stable job that delivers a regular paycheck is a blessing. And not everyone has the means or the desire to take on the risks and responsibilities of working for themselves. But what if we could quickly and easily create an additional stream of income without giving up the security of a full-time job? Enter the side hustle.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just $100 Startup" distilled - At Double speed.

  • By Daniel L on 09-25-17

Very useful

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Reviewed: 09-09-18

I am not sure I will actually make any money, but I enjoyed the book and found the information practical.

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far

  • Why Are We Here?
  • By: Lawrence M. Krauss
  • Narrated by: Lawrence Krauss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,464

Internationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist, New York Times bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing, and passionate advocate for reason, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality - a grand poetic vision of nature - and how we find our place within it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful read/listen.

  • By Albert Sjoberg (PA) on 04-04-17

Very difficult.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This is definitely not the kind of book you want to listen to while doing household chores. The material is very difficult and requires your full attention at every moment.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Barefoot Investor

  • The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
  • By: Scott Pape
  • Narrated by: Scott Pape
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

This is the only money guide you'll ever need. That's a bold claim, given there are already thousands of finance books on the shelves. So what makes this one different? You'll get a step-by-step formula: open this account, then do this; call this person, and say this; invest money here and not there. All with a glass of wine in your hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sure It's An Aussie Book But--

  • By Gillian on 03-27-18

Good advice but not that relevant to me.

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Reviewed: 04-05-18

Since I live in Taiwan and am not Australian, and since I struggle greatly to be healthy I think maybe I am not really listening to the right book. So much of my energy is tied up in these other things, however I did find parts of this book useful and what I have learned from it will edge me in the right direction.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,037

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

Annoying long-winded and prigish

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Reviewed: 02-17-18

The author shouldn't have read the book himself and hired a professional voice actor to narrate. I found the sound of his voice dull and annoying. Many of the rules I found not useful or helpful. For example rule #1. People who don't have good posture, are often not choosing not to, and have a health problem that causes the condition, like myself. How arrogant the author is to preach to people in this way. I found rule 2 and other rules banal and actually in appropriate for real life. His lengthy discussions of history and personal anecdotes irrelevant to the rules that should guide individual action. The content in general was very depressing. It didn't find it motivating or uplifting. It was the kind of book that would make people want to just give up on life.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful