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D. Myerscough

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  • The Addiction Formula

  • A Holistic Approach to Writing Captivating, Memorable Hit Songs. With 317 Proven Commercial Techniques & 331 Examples
  • By: Friedemann Findeisen
  • Narrated by: Friedemann Findeisen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Discover the songwriting technique used in 97% of all hit songs. Music is a tough industry to break into. With production gear being affordable for the first time in history, it seems like everyone is making music these days. Getting noticed in the continuous stream of information that is the Internet seems almost impossible. But: There is a technique designed specifically to captivate and hook an audience and with The Addiction Formula, you can learn it in a couple of hours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m a successful producer for Sony, and this STILL upped my game.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-09-18

very rudimentary, not for experienced writers

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

This may teach something to those who have never studied songwriting but it has nothing new for those who have read anything on the subject. It wouldn't make my top 100 books on songwriting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Elements of Eloquence

  • Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase
  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245

In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, he takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether you’re aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don’t need to have anything important to say - you simply need to say it well.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just enjoy the listen

  • By Donald E. Campbell on 06-21-15

delightfully written

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

Seldom have I laughed so much while studying. Informative and fact filled was expected, entertaining a surprise, memorable a bonus.

  • The Theory of Everything

  • The Origin and Fate of the Universe
  • By: Stephen W. Hawking
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Hawking takes us on a fascinating journey through the telescopic lens of modern physics to gain a new glimpse of the universe--the nature of black holes, the space-time continuum, and new information about the origin of the universe. He uses this scientific basis to come up with a "unified theory of everything" that the author claims will be "the ultimate triumph of human reason."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shares a lot of text with a Brief History of Time.

  • By Roc Myers on 01-07-15

Brilliantly considered

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

No wasted words. Clear. If only college physics professors would refine their lectures to this level.

  • Forever Peace

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 446

War in the 21st century is fought by "soldierboys". Remote-controlled mechanical monsters, they are run by human soldiers who hard-wire their brains together to form each unit. Julian is one of these dedicated soldiers, until he inadvertently kills a young boy. Now he struggles to understand how this has changed his mind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not as good as The Forever War

  • By Noah on 08-25-10

The first half is trivial.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

I almost turned this off waiting for a plot. The setup is long and seemingly trivial. Once the writer finally gets around to exposing the true driving force to the story, it becomes interesting.

  • Gatefather

  • The Mithermages, Book 3
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,677

Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly 2,000 years, or at least the first to survive and claim his power, for families of Westil in exile on Earth have a treaty that requires the death of any suspected Gate Mage. The wars between the families had been terrible until at last they realized it was their own survival in question.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Orson Scott Card has gotten weird... really weird

  • By Jeffrey on 10-25-15

Dull and Obligatory

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

This seems like a book written by someone who no longer cares to write good fiction. The book is an obligatory wrap to a series that had promise in the first book. The book goes through the motions of answering the leftover questions of the first two books, with no real attempt at making it particularly entertaining. The readers are wonderful, but the book is worthless.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,462

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined Ari for me

  • By Andrey Barsukov on 06-03-18

Nothing but a character study

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

Reviewed: 12-06-14

This is the kind of thing a writer writes for him/herself to flesh out the character in their own mind. No story, just something the author threw at his publisher to keep his contract alive. Don't bother.

  • Blood Wager

  • Blood Destiny, #1
  • By: Connie Suttle
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,054

Lissa's life as a vampire begins on the day her husband is removed from life support. Turned by rogues who wager her life, Lissa is running from her maker who is determined to kill her, hunted by the Council who has branded her a rogue and blackmailed by werewolves, who utilize her newly developed talents for their own gain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice Surprise

  • By Kimberly on 05-13-14

Not well written

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

Reviewed: 10-26-14

The story and plot move along at a decent pace, but it is hard to get past the inexact use of words. It seems like a quickly written first draft, not a crafted novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Write a Book This Weekend, Even If You Flunked English Like I Did

  • By: Vic Johnson
  • Narrated by: Wes Talbot
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

“Who else wants to write a book this weekend?” It’s easier than you think! Best-selling author Vic Johnson actually wrote this book in a weekend to prove how easy it is. And he gives you step-by-step detail of everything he did, including the resources he uses to turn out content-rich books in no time at all. How to Write a Book This Weekend is a perfect strategy for first-time book writers who have been discouraged by the thought of pounding out words for months at a time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good lil' book

  • By Oliver Nielsen on 04-16-16

So poorly written, I couldn't listen

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

Reviewed: 08-16-14

Here we have someone who really can't write, writing a book about writing. I should have known from the title, but thought he must have improve since flunking English. He hasn't. I couldn't get past the first five minutes before I decided that I didn't want any advice from this person.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Star Wars (Dramatized)

  • By: George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932

This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond the film...

  • By Matthew on 10-13-11

So bad, I had to stop listening.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-14

Considering this was 5 hours plus, I thought they would be fleshing the story out more - they did a bit, but much of the extra time was intro and exit from a 30 minute radio broadcast from which this was taken - very irritating. Star Wars, as it turns out, is pretty dull without the visual special effects. I made it about half way through before turning it off.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Full Cast Recording
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,937

Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fresh new way to enjoy the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-08-13

I almost returned this audioplay after an hour

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

Reviewed: 04-03-14

I almost returned this after the beginning, which is absolutely awful. The six year old Ender is read by an adolescent with a deepish voice - horrible casting. It's not that the young man doesn't do a good job of reading, but his age was too advanced. His voice was to deep for the entire play, but worst at first both because of the shock that they would do that after the complete disaster of a movie where Ender was 16 from beginning to end and Bonzo was a midget.

I honestly was about to turn it off and decided to listen a bit more to see if I could ignore the actor obviously being far too old for the role. I managed, although it was still irritating for a while. Everything else is wonderful however although several of the children have obviously gone through, or are going through puberty.

The story is well written and deviations from the original are all sensible and in some cases better than the original.

I will not spoil anything other than to say that this stands up well by itself, and I did care about the characters - something the movie completely failed to do.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful