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  • A Storm in Flanders

  • The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front
  • By: Winston Groom
  • Narrated by: David Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Novelist and prizewinning historian Winston Groom's gripping history of the four-year battle for Ypres in Belgian Flanders, the pivotal engagement of World War I that would forever change the way the world fought - and thought about - war. This is Groom's account of what would become the most dreaded place on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love, love, love this book!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-16-16

Germans and parts of Germans

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

I've read a lot of books on various wars. This is one of the best. Mesmerizing. I laughed every time he said 'Germans and parts of Germans.' You'll see what I mean.

  • The First Five Pages

  • A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
  • By: Noah Lukeman
  • Narrated by: Angus Freathy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Whether you are a novice writer or a veteran who has already had your work published, rejection is often a frustrating reality. Literary agents and editors receive and reject hundreds of manuscripts each month. While it's the job of these publishing professionals to be discriminating, it's the job of the writer to produce a manuscript that immediately stands out among the vast competition. And those outstanding qualities, says New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, have to be apparent from the first five pages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • you need

  • By Parola138 on 02-12-19

you need

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-19

If you own only two or three books on writing in your whole life, then this should be at least one of them. It's been around a couple of years, but nothing is better. The narration is amazing. The reader even chuckles at a few parts because of the funny quotes. Honestly, one of the most well-narrated books I've ever read. You'll see once you start listening to it. You'll feel like the dude is sitting next to you in the car.

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  • Rock Your Revisions

  • A Simple System for Revising Your Novel, Rock Your Writing, Book 2
  • By: Cathy Yardley
  • Narrated by: Cathy Yardley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Do you feel overwhelmed trying to revise your novel? Faced with a hot mess of rough draft, maybe you feel confused, unsure of what to fix - or rather, what to fix first! Editing fiction takes a slightly different mindset than writing the first rough pass of a novel. There are a lot of moving parts in a work of fiction. The trick is to not try and tackle everything at once. Rock Your Revisions: A Simple System for Revising Your Novel will show you a clear, easy-to-follow process for editing a novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't be fooled by the brevity of this book

  • By Parola138 on 02-12-19

Don't be fooled by the brevity of this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-19

This book packs everything into 2 hours that you need to know about revisions. I really found it useful and took a lot of notes for myself. Narration was great. Very high quality for the price. You almost can't help but buy it.

  • Rock Your Query

  • A Simple System for Writing Query Letters and Synopses, Rock Your Writing
  • By: Cathy Yardley
  • Narrated by: Cathy Yardley
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

In step-by-step detail, with simple templates, this audiobook shows you what you need to do to create a fiction proposal package of query letter and synopsis that will get you out of the slush pile - and gets your novel in the hands of agents and editors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Parola138 on 02-12-19

Great book

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

There are quite a few books written on this subject. Do you want to buy a long book or audiobook that is a couple of hours long or do you want someone to cut to the chase in 38 minutes and tell you the basics? If you're reading Grapes of Wrath, you want the full experience... for book queries though, just use the quick version. I almost hesitated due to its short length, but its a high quality book with perfect narration. Very pleased with it.

  • The Way of the Superior Man

  • By: David Deida
  • Narrated by: Cecil Archbold
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

In 1997, David Deida released what would become one of the most widely read books on men’s spirituality ever published - The Way of the Superior Man. In this unabridged audiobook of the 20th-anniversary edition, Deida presents a new preface to the now-classic text on how to live a life of masculine freedom, integrity, and authenticity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyman should read this book and I mean that every man

  • By Bakes on 12-12-18

Think of this book as a buffet

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

This book has a lot to offer. I did pick up some useful information, but it was a little too new-agey for me in parts. It vaguely speaks of reaching through a woman, to the source of her energy. Also, the author speaks as if everything he says is truth. I had trouble believing that ejaculation is bad and that I need to ejaculate up my spine into my brain. Still, I found it an interesting listen. I picked up some good insights and fastforwarded through some chapters that got too new-agey. I think without all the vague things about energy and gifts and reaching through women, it could have been a tighter book at a more concise 2 hours. Not a terrible book though and it did have insights. It's a buffet- pull from it what you like.

  • No Longer Human

  • By: Osamu Dazai
  • Narrated by: David Shih
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life, even while he feels himself incapable of understanding human beings. Oba Yozo's attempts to reconcile himself to the world around him begin in early childhood, continue through high school, where he becomes a "clown" to mask his alienation, and eventually lead to a failed suicide attempt as an adult. Without sentimentality, he records the casual cruelties of life and its fleeting moments of human connection and tenderness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reassuring in its bare-boned humanity

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 07-19-17

Great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-19

It surprised me that this book was written so long ago. It feels like it was written today. Very much, it reminded me of Albert Camus' 'The Stranger,' but in voice and attitude only- not in story. I liked the book so much I restarted it right again and had a second listen.

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,568
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,553

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Like married lovemaking

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Might be one or two spolers in here. It's almost pointless to write a review of this book. If you're considering reading it, you've read the other Tana French books. You know what you are getting into. I consider Tana French books to be like marital sex at this point. It builds up slowly throughout the night. A lot of foreplay. Things suddenly get heavy and sometimes its kind of predictable and a letdown at the end, but is still usually satisfying nonetheless. I enjoy the ride with most of her books, especially the Likeness and the Tresspasser. The only one I ever gave up on was The Secret Place. This book reminded me of Secret Place in that the characters were young, flimsy and boring. Nothing against gay people one bit, but the gay character grated on my nerves after a while.I cringed anytime he got whiny or pissy about something. When things happened in this book, they felt forced. I didn't care when someone was in a predicament or when someone died. I dunno, I just felt more intensity in the other books which were usually focused on older, mature and more layered characters. I pushed myself through it and, in the end, felt it could have been about 2 hours shorter. Even if it was, it was just a generic book to me. Too many forced twists. And the part with the owl was kinda akward. All that being said, narration was FANTASTIC.

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  • Stoicism Collection: Meditations, On the Shortness of Life, and Enchiridion

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

This Stoicism audiobook collection contains three of the most influential Stoic pieces. Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus helped to shape Stoicism with their writings of "Meditations", "On the Shortness of Life", and "Enchiridion". 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless wisdom for the ages.

  • By cosmitron on 05-09-18

narrator doesn't work with Alexa very well.

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I listen to audible on my echo. the actual books don't start until chapter 4. and the narrator is better at .85 speed, but that's not possible to set on echo... only on phone. and that's a lot of legwork even if it is possible. but I tried.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Guide to Wine

  • By: Julian Curry
  • Narrated by: Julian Curry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

Actor and wine expert Julian Curry has devised a unique audiobook guide to wine. The whole subject is introduced and explained – how wine is made, the different grapes, the different blends, vintages, wine-growing areas and types. In an entertaining and informal style, he also teaches how to taste wine, and how to choose and store it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive overview

  • By Laurence on 09-26-03

Almost didn't buy it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I listened to the sample and thought it sounded horrible. The actual audiobook is much better quality and is done very well actually. The narrator gets so close to being snooty, but pulls back on it at exactly the right moments. I thought the narration was great.

Now to the book. It's much better than anything I expected. It basically walks you into a vineyard and elaborates all the minutia of harvesting grapes and turning them into wine. I couldn't have asked for a better book. If you want a book about funny oopsie daisey roadtrips with friends into wine country, this is not it. I love what this book is and am so grateful it exists on audio.

  • The Harder They Come

  • A Novel
  • By: T.C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: Graham Hamilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 754
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 682

Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people - an aging ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover - as they careen toward an explosive confrontation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intense, gripping, absorbing

  • By Bonny on 04-10-15

mediocre

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

T.C. Boyle is a good writer. I've read many of his short stories and novels, and loved Tortilla Curtain. I consider his books to be what Bukowski termed 'ordinary madness.' These books are usually about the everyday madness of regular people- along the lines of a Stephen King book but without the spook factor. I also appreciate that while he is a little left-leaning, his politics do not really taint his books. He lets his characters breathe on their own.

That being said, I never really connected with this book. It was just interesting enough to keep me listening, but not compelling enough for me to care what I was listening to. I kept asking myself, 'Why do I care about this story?' and, like being in a bad marriage, I just kept persisting with it for the sake of persisting with it.

Another thing that grated on me a little was the style of the writing in this book. I understand that it was written this way to add coloring to certain characters, but it just felt jerky to me as a reader. There were a lot of lines like 'He's hungry. No, he's not hungry.' 'He was tired. He wasn't tired at all.' (Just making up some examples).

I get that its supposed to show the fractured, panicky minds of some of these characters, but it bothered me each time I heard one of these types of sentences. Then when I was done, I wondered why someone would bother to write a book about an event that only had relevance in a small region of California. Sorry, but this book just didn't work for me. I've read Tortilla Curtain more than once and recommend that if you want a better work by T.C. Boyle.

He's a skilled writer and I respect him, but this book didn't work for me. Narrator was awesome though. At least there was that.