Becoming a Writer

Narrated by: Julie Sears
Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Published in 1934 and still the best audiobook available on practical psychology of creative writing and all related aspects. The author was herself a successful fiction writer, journalist and also authored a self-help best-seller Wake Up and Live! This audiobook is a must for every practicing or aspiring writer.

©1934 Dorothea Brande (P)2014 Piotr Obminski

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Stop... don't go any further

I should have read the reviews and listened to the sample before purchasing this book. I was just so excited about it - it came highly recommended by someone I respect. I have not given up on the book (I'll purchase it in hard copy) but I think the narrator was AI because she sounded robotic and emphasized words in weird places. It was unbearable. I wasn't able to return it this time... please check it out thoroughly before using a credit!!

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Compulsory for all writers

It is hard to believe that it was first written in 1934. Every sentence in this book guides you to physically and mentally transform into being a writer. A must read for all writers struggling to begin, progress or excel at writing fiction. In an ever distracting world, this book is more relevant than ever before and should be read/ listened to at least once a year.

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Robotic, Siri-type voice!!!

There were perhaps some nuggets in here, but the delivery was so awful it made it hard to pay attention and/or not make fun of the horrible ro-bo-tic voice. It's almost like a SNL skit. Also, some anecdotes ("Now almost everyone has a typewriter") date this back to the dark ages. So.....see if you can stand this horrible narration and dated material to pick up any tips. Only get if its nearly free/on sale. Not worth a credit.

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Great Book.. Audio has major issues

The incessant clicking noise in the background is very distracting, and the narrator is slightly monotonous.

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  • 02-27-18

Great book so far but what’s with the narration??

I’m really only at the beginning of this audiobook and I’m not sure I can finish listening to it. Not one for throwing the baby out with the bath water, I am able to discern that the contents of this book is what I’m looking for however the narration is almost too annoying to continue. I’m left wondering whether A.I. has developed so much that an automaton is almost able to sound human. Were it not for the occasional change of tone and emphasis I wouldn’t hesitate to say it’s a robot! I will probably end up buying the book as I’m not sure how much more I can take. What was the narrator thinking adopting this mechanical way of speaking? It’s as if she’s taken out all the punctuation! Buy the paperback!

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  • Ian
  • 10-10-20

Terrible Narration!

I loved this book at university and I couldn’t wait to listen to it back. Unfortunately the narration spoiled it for me - at times it really sounded like software to me. The narration soulless and automatic sounding and it made it difficult to pay attention to what is a genuinely great book.

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  • MelanieMurza
  • 05-25-20

Very useful advice.

Quite strict but you can pick and choose. The voice is quite robotic, which is a shame. I finished the book though and learnt a lot.

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  • T D
  • 10-05-17

It is a classic that every writer's must have.

This book, which I have owned for a number of years, but only listened to recently had reinvigorated my own writing practice. I think it is worth revisiting periodically to keep one grounded. It shiuld be the first book read by all prospective writers. This