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  • Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story

  • By: Angus Fletcher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Angus Fletcher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Whether you want to write your own scripts or simply gain a deeper appreciation for the great stories you see unfold on the screen, Professor Angus Fletcher is here to show you the way in Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story. Professor Fletcher, Professor of English and Film at The Ohio State University, brings both a personal and scholarly perspective to this craft. As a screenwriter himself, he has experienced the ins and outs of the process first-hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it's great

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-11-18

Quick paced and deep

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I love the pace of the narrator as much as I love all the details he shares in how to take the audience on an emotional ride.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise of Rome

  • By: The Great Courses, Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

The Roman Republic is one of the most breathtaking civilizations in world history. Between roughly 500 BCE to the turn of the millennium, a modest city-state developed an innovative system of government and expanded into far-flung territories across Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. This powerful civilization inspired America's founding fathers, gifted us a blueprint for amazing engineering innovations, left a vital trove of myths, and has inspired the human imagination for 2,000 years.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good, but doesn't stand out

  • By Christopher on 02-08-18

Very hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

What would have made The Rise of Rome better?

Not putting Hs in words where they don't belong and over pronouncing all the Ss and Hs.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Good story, needs a different narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Gregory S. Aldrete PhD’s performances?

Only if he's not the one reading it

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story telling is solid. Well organized. Just ill presented.

Any additional comments?

I wish Prof. Aldrete would have listened to himself talk, before incessantly hissing into my ears

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,994
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,083

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

Horrible sound quality

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Would you try another book from Neal Stephenson and/or Jonathan Davis?

Yes, if the sound quality is better

Would you be willing to try another book from Neal Stephenson? Why or why not?

Yes, if the sound quality is better

What didn’t you like about Jonathan Davis’s performance?

Well articulated and his voice seems to match with the story

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Such an effort to read and record this whole book, only to be totally messed up by substandard sound compression and to be mixed with corny sound effects that do not do anything for the story. What were you guys thinking?
I feel cheated!

  • Landfall

  • Ship Series, Book 1
  • By: Jerry Aubin
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

The Ship fled a dying Earth to save the human race. Launched as the last gasp of humanity, the Ship set out to preserve the species by seeding the universe with one billion colonists. Generations of crew, trained to be either flight or marines, have spent 5,000 years protecting the Ship and its civilian cargo from the constant threat of alien violence. Fifteen-year-old Zax has always had trouble fitting in with the other cadets, but he's finally on the cusp of attaining his dream and gaining entrance to the Pilot Academy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Led to nothing.

  • By Thomas R Tuell on 11-24-17

Good scfi concepts, poor storytelling

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

What would have made Landfall better?

While I enjoyed some of the scifi concepts, the one-dimensional storytelling falls way short of expectations. The Ship series should be one book, rather than 4. I feel left wanting.

What could Jerry Aubin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

There isn't a lot of modulation in his voice. The reading feels monotone and one can feel his lack of excitement about the story.

What about Eric Martin’s performance did you like?

Some of the snides were believable.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some of the scifi concepts could lend themselves to a great story, if it were written by a writer that knows how to engage a reader.

Any additional comments?

I feel left wanting. I also feel ripped off, having to pay for 4 books that should have been one. Is high-tea not paying their people anymore so they have to gauge their readers?

  • History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach

  • By: The Great Courses, Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699

Military history often highlights successes and suggests a sense of inevitability about victory, but there is so much that can be gleaned from considering failures. Study these crucibles of history to gain a better understanding of why a civilization took - or didn't take - a particular path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hindsight Bias?

  • By Charles Grayson on 07-11-16

Hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Aldrete capitalizes every 3rd word and that makes listening very tiresome. I like the content and the stories are presented well. Just not read well. When he speaks, he over pronounces the letter S and he puts the letter H in words that don't have it. Almost like he's trying to make something sound important that really isn't. Disappointing.

  • Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth

  • By: Brad Blanton
  • Narrated by: Brad Blanton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 268

In Radical Honesty, Dr. Blanton coaches us on how to have lives that work, how to have relationships that are alive and passionate, and how to create intimacy where none exists. As we have been taught by the philosophical and spiritual sources of our culture for thousands of years, from Plato to Nietzsche, from the Bible to Emerson, the truth shall set you free.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely embarrassing audiobook production

  • By Soergel on 02-10-16

Great title, poor content

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

Would you try another book from Brad Blanton and/or Brad Blanton?

I take issue with the authors use of foul language. You do not need to resort to profanity to tell a story. You should not resort to profanity to teach anyone anything.

Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Blanton again?

Avoid all books by this author due to his pompous style and rambling reading. The audio quality is poor because inserted sound bites are at twice the volume compared to most of the recording.

What didn’t you like about Brad Blanton’s performance?

Very little. The ever changing volume and the constant repetition of the same statements together with his rambling reading puts you to sleep. Do not listen to this in a moving vehicle.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and disappointment

Any additional comments?

I get the feeling that Dr Blanton's main motivation is to make money rather than to educate. The book title promises a great book and the content is a total disconnect from the expectations set by the title.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wizard of Ads

  • Turning Words into Magic and Dreamers into Millionaires
  • By: Roy H. Williams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

With the knowledge of a seasoned business consultant and the warmth and wit of a natural storyteller, the Wizard will help you to multiply the effectiveness of your advertising, understand the tug-of-war between intellect and emotion, and more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you have a hard time hearing don't waste your time

  • By John F on 01-09-17

Meh ...

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

What disappointed you about The Wizard of Ads?

The book is using sound effects that get in the way and make listening in the car a challenge. With all the sound effects, the book tries to be cute and fails. And that while the book itself says not to be trying to be cute, but rather be clear with your communications.
Also, the book seems to be written for consumption in the 50s or 60s.

Would you recommend The Wizard of Ads to your friends? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book as it feels outdated and hard to listen to.

How could the performance have been better?

Remove the sound effects, or push them more in the background.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

About 5% of the messages in the book were useful or at least a useful reminder.

Any additional comments?

I would not have purchased this book, had I known and understood its challenges.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful