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  • Save the Cat!

  • The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
  • By: Blake Snyder
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Here's what started the phenomenon: This book has been a best seller for over 15 years and has been used by screenwriters around the world! Blake Snyder tells all in this fast, funny, and candid look inside the movie business. Save the Cat is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • little full of himslef but is very helpful.

  • By Erik Larson on 06-29-18

Learn how to tell stories

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I am not writing a screenplay but if I wanted to write one, this book has just given me the road map. The algorithm is outlined here. I learned more about storytelling. Storytelling is the answer. It is in our DNA. Our ancestors gathered around fires and told stories. Want to sell something? Want to teach something? Learn how to tell a story! This book helps. I recommend it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Decide to Play Great Poker

  • A Strategy Guide to No-limit Texas Hold Em
  • By: Annie Duke, John Vorhaus
  • Narrated by: Annie Duke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

Ask the great poker players how they'd play a hand and the answer is always "it depends." That answer can be infuriating. But guess what? It really does depend. The key to becoming a great poker player is in knowing what it depends on. At last there's a book that gives you that answer. Poker is a game of so many variables; table position, flop texture, the number of players in a hand, the personalities of your opponents, and so much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make the Decision to Buy this Audio Book

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-25-12

Deep poker knowledge

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

So deep and rich with information and detail. Took me a while to get through it. I will have to listen to it at least 2 if not 3 more times to get all the meat off the bones. Very smart!

  • Conspiracy

  • Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203

In 2007, a short blogpost by Gawker Media outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiel's sexuality had been known to close friends and family, but he didn't consider himself a public figure, and believed the information was private. This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker and its bankruptcy. Only later would the world learn that Gawker's demise was not incidental - it had been masterminded by Thiel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I almost couldn’t make it through...

  • By Grant Hall on 04-06-18

I suggest that YOU read it

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

First of all, do not get the Audible version of this book. Ryan Holiday reads his own book. It is hard to believe that the author, a prolific writer, is such a poor reader. He has difficulty enunciating the words that he wrote. I had to listen at 2.5x speed just to tolerate it. On the other hand, the story is good and I am glad that I listened to it. That is until the last chapter. The author is very disappointed at the results of the 2016 presidential election and for some reason he believes that the Hulk Hogan lawsuit against Gawker is some how connected even though it was settled long before the election. Holiday has this platform and overcome with his unhappiness with the election, he absolutely may not allow an opportunity to express his butt hurt to pass.

  • The Art of Learning

  • An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance
  • By: Josh Waitzkin
  • Narrated by: Josh Waitzkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,924

The Art of Learning takes listeners through Waitzkin's unique journey to excellence. He explains in clear detail how a well-thought-out, principled approach to learning is what separates success from failure. Waitzkin believes that achievement, even at the championship level, is a function of a lifestyle that fuels a creative, resilient growth process.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good overview with interesting backdrop

  • By James on 06-15-14

So boring and forever taking

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

If you want to learn how to beat up a Tai Chi master by reading his mind, then you may like this book. If this was a book about Josh Waitzkin's life it would be a 4 star book. But this is sold as a Performance Psychology book. It is not that. It is a great book about Josh Waitzkin but I didn't want that. Tim Ferris raved about it so I picked it up but I learned more about Josh and his ability to play chess and do Tai Chi than any thing else. I also learned that Josh should put down the Thesaurus. Long, dragging, way too much use of similes and metaphors, almost as if he was being paid by the word.

  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • By: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,049

In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is a PDF, Folks

  • By Cynthia on 06-27-17

Learn how to lose weight

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Incredibly illuminating. We already know a lot of what Dr. Fung writes about. However, he puts it all together, delivers it brilliantly and supports all of his conclusions with references to studies done on humans. The best part of the book is that the author identifies widely held beliefs and then explains how those beliefs have no basis in reality. For example, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are so many great ideas and clarifications. I highly recommend it.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,600
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,136

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

I must have gotten a different book

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-17

It feels like the narrator is reading a checklist. The characters are uninteresting, the world building is super weak and there is absolutely no compelling reason to follow along with this story. I have no idea what everyone else listened to but it most certainly was not this book.

  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,887

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Meandering muddy morass of minutia

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Very long, so many details about nothing. Flashbacks within flashbacks that flash forward. Oh and there are vampires.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Timothy

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 893

Timothy was not a good man in life and being undead did little to improve his disposition. What will a man trapped in his own mind do to survive when he wakes up to find himself a zombie controlled by a self-aware virus?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesomely Sick and Twisted!!!!!

  • By Tammea on 10-01-12

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

At times repulsive but mostly profoundly disturbing. Inside the mind of an amoral man that becomes a zombie. Wow.

  • Kill Decision

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,612

Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Daemon/Freedom, but still good Thriller

  • By T. Menefee on 07-21-12

Never again

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

After reading Daemon, I made myself two promises. Promise #1, I will never again fall for the misleading reviews and summary on Daniel Suarez books. Promise #2, If I do fall for the misleading reviews and summary on a Daniel Suarez book, I would not cry in frustration when I am done with it. Needless to say, I broke both promises. I hope that Daniel Suarez is a very rich man because he can sure write good book summaries. And. . . . he has created an algorithm that powers bots that resemble actual readers to generate book reviews. Never again. I don't care how well written and intriguing his book summaries are, the book never lives up to the expectations.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,647

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This book faded like a bad racehorse…

  • By Matt on 01-06-12

How we danced.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

Good story, seemed a little tedious at times. Of course it would, it is a very long book. Turns out that the extra time spent on developing characters and relationships paid off. I was crying like a little girl at the end. I recommend it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful