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  • The Secrets of Story

  • Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers
  • By: Matt Bird
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

The Secrets of Story is a revolutionary and comprehensive writing guide for the 21st century, focused on clever ways to get an audience to fully identify with an all-too-human hero. Authors will learn to how to cut through pop culture noise and win over a jaded modern audience by rediscovering the heart of writing: shaping stories that ring true to our shared understanding of human nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want this guy to be my editor

  • By Charley Dunn on 01-09-17

Great info and new take on writing

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Great information and look at writing. Caters mostly to screenwriting as 99% of examples are from movies. Still good points made for any writer, however. Not sure if it's the author or the narrator, but sounds so condescending.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

  • By: James Hynes, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: James Hynes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,340

From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Theory AND Practice

  • By Madeleine on 11-19-15

Worth the listen, lags in the middle. Ruins too many book endings.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

Overall this is a good course to listen to for any writer. The course starts to lag in the middle by giving too many examples with no new information being show, which causes one to stop paying attention. The Professor also gives away the endings of way too many books. I'm glad that he had knowledge in all of these, but some would like to read the books he is talking about if they haven't already. I'm sure there is a way to talk about the material without spoiling the endings.