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  • By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

  • A Novel of Forgiveness
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Zimbalist
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Coehlo's poignant, deeply spiritual tale of Pilar, an independent and practical yet restless young woman whose life is forever changed by an encounter with a childhood friend who has grown to be a mesmerizing and handsome seminarian. Together they embark on a journey through the French Pyrenees, where they explore the "[F]eminine face of God" and make the dramatic discovery that love is God.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little more religious than his other books

  • By Paula on 11-20-18

A little more religious than his other books

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-18

I love his writing, but wasn't as fascinated with this story because it was more like ten disappointing years of my life than his other books were, but it is a genuine story.

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  • The Devil and Miss Prym

  • A Novel of Temptation
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Linda Emond
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
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    4 out of 5 stars 175

A community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear. A man persecuted by his painful past. A woman searching for happiness. In one eventful week, each of them will face questions of life, death, and power, and each will choose their own path. Will they choose good or evil?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic.

  • By Kourosh on 11-21-07

A wonderful story

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Reviewed: 11-19-18

I love this author. He is always mysterious and insightful. He writes the kinds of stories that reverberate through my life for years after I read them.

  • Four Weeks to Finished

  • How to Stop Making Excuses, Start Being Prolific, and Finish Your Novel!
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Jake Bible
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
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    5 out of 5 stars 10
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    5 out of 5 stars 10

Four Weeks to Finished is a valuable tool for an expert or novice to becoming a prolific author and mastering the job of writing for a living. In Four Weeks to Finished, writers will learn important tips on increasing productivity and avoiding costly mistakes. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very helpful

  • By Paula on 11-16-18

Very helpful

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I'm discouraged and thinking of quitting at the editing phase of my first story that is bigger than a short story... but I learned that it's normal to hate your work at this point. Thanks! That fact made listening to this book worth it for me. Jake is a little like a football coach for writers, and that's exactly what I needed right now.

  • I Heard the Owl Call My Name

  • By: Margaret Craven
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

The touching story of a young, mortally ill priest who spends his last days working among the Kwakiutl Indians of British Columbia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uncanny insight...

  • By MetaThink on 03-22-15

A beautiful story, well read

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Reviewed: 11-14-18

This book was required reading in my school, but revisiting it as a mature woman was fulfilling. I was reminded of what is important.

  • The Writer's Guide to Training Your Dragon

  • Using Speech Recognition Software to Dictate Your Book and Supercharge Your Writing Workflow
  • By: Scott Baker
  • Narrated by: Scott Baker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

As writers, we all know what an incredible tool dictation software can be. It enables us to write faster and avoid the dangers of RSI and a sedentary lifestyle. But many of us give up on dictating when we find we can't get the accuracy we need. This book changes all of that. With almost two decades of using Dragon software under his belt, Scott will reveal how to supercharge your writing and achieve sky-high recognition accuracy from the moment you start using the software.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I should have realized this was mostly about how t

  • By Brenda on 01-07-18

Exactly what I wanted to know

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Reviewed: 11-10-18

I've had two semi-disappointing runs at using dragon, but I can see how amazing it could be if I had it set up correctly. I realized my computer was too slow, frustrating to use, yet buzzed out 20,000 words of a potential book in a morning of talking. Now I know what hardware I need to get the program to work right, and have been given ideas for transcription options.

  • Writing Deep Point of View

  • Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer's Craft, Book 13)
  • By: Rayne Hall
  • Narrated by: Cat Lookabaugh
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

In this book, I'll reveal the powerful techniques employed by best-selling authors, and I'll show you how to apply them to rivet your readers. I'll start with the basics of Point of View - if you're already familiar with the concept, you can treat them as a refresher - and then guide you to advanced strategies for taking your reader deep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slipping into someone else's skin

  • By Michael on 09-05-16

professional writing advice

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Reviewed: 11-06-18

Now I have to rewrite my book. I thought I was done, I thought my story was well written, nope. I'm certain that it will be amazing once I apply what I learned here.

  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

  • By: Marcus Aurelius
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,113

Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The reading made it impossible to focus on content

  • By Mark Grebner on 09-02-12

slow halting narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This book reminded me to live in the present. many of the things I work for and things that aggravate me are very temporary. the narrators voice had a pleasant tone but he read slowly with big pauses so that speeding the story up to a good pace was problematic.

  • The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

  • or, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life
  • By: Charles Darwin
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

The Origin of Species sold out on the first day of its publication in 1859. It is the major book of the 19th century and one of the most readable and accessible of the great revolutionary works of the scientific imagination. Though, in fact, little read, most people know what it says—at least they think they do. The Origin of Species was the first mature and persuasive work to explain how species change through the process of natural selection. Upon its publication, the book began to transform attitudes about society and religion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For aficionados only.

  • By Ary Shalizi on 01-11-12

Pleasant Listen

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Reviewed: 11-04-18

This book is charming, informative and historically formative. It's amazing how much Darwin understood about heredity without understanding DNA. I can understand how darker philosophies could be derived from his work and used to justify the destruction of Native American people, and the WW2 holocaust, but I'm not certain if Darwin intended this-he seems to be more science geeky than intentionally political or philosophical. I liked that he uses a Rogerian argument style rather than an atagonistic one.

  • Forensics

  • What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708

The dead talk - to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crime Seen

  • By Mark on 09-02-16

Well researched and entertaining

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Reviewed: 10-23-18

I had to speed the track up to make it sound normal, but the narrator has a beautiful Scottish accent and reads well. I got the book to research for a writing project and my questions were answered.

  • Peace Is Every Step

  • The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667

Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries, meditations, personal anecdotes, and stories from Nhat Hanh's experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the listener already is - in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking - and shows how deep meditative presence is available now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great approach to mindfulness

  • By Jeff on 02-03-16

Great Happiness Advice

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Reviewed: 09-26-18

Written by a man who was admired by MLK, this book has down to earth advice for how to approach the chaos of reality with peace.