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On Writing Audiobook

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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Audible Editor Reviews

To begin with, you've got Stephen King, a writer so talented in the art of thrill-generation that he could insert excitement into the assembly instructions for a bookshelf. Or, say, a book about writing and grammar. And that's precisely what King does in On Writing, an improbably fascinating, relentlessly compelling trip through the mind, style, life, and work of one of our greatest popular writers.

Hearing this unique combination of anecdotes and insider's advice told in King's charmingly nasal voice makes an already insightful narrative even more personal and powerful. If you want to write, this audiobook will quickly become a treasured resource, because it will improve your writing. But even if you have no interest whatsoever in writing, King's anecdotes and instructions into the art and process will probably make you a better, more informed reader.

Publisher's Summary

"If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write." Here is Stephen King's master class on his craft.

On Writing begins with a mesmerizing account of King's childhood and his early focus on writing to tell a story. A series of vivid memories from adolescence, college, and the struggling years that led up to his first novel, Carrie, offer a fresh and often funny perspective on the formation of a writer. King then turns to the tools of his trade, examining crucial aspects of the writer's art and life, offering practical and inspiring advice on everything from plot and character development to work habits and rejection.

King was in the middle of writing this book when he was nearly killed in a widely reported accident. On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how his need to write spurred him toward recovery, and brought him back to his life.

©2000 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Spunky, vivid prose are the prime ingredients of what must be considered not at all the usual writer's guide." (Booklist)

"On Writing contains some of the most harrowing pages he has ever written." (Salon.com)

"These rare glimpses into King's personal life - as related in his earnest tone and real (thank God) Maine accent - are fascinating.... If you write - or want to - get this book." (AudioFile)

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    susan carpenter 10-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An Essential for Every Writer"
    What did you love best about On Writing?

    I loved the ease of listening and absorbing the material. Each time I listen. I learn more about writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book opens with Stephen King's personal memoir. After hearing it several times I have a a better idea of which techniques he uses will work in my memoir.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    Stephen King is a natural born storyteller when it comes to oral presentation. It felt like he and I were in the same room and he was telling me personally about his life, giving me tips on what to look for and what to avoid in my writing, then recounting his horrific accident and his recovery and return to writing. It never felt that he was reading aloud from his book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The story of the evolution of Stephen King from boy reporter to master of writing best-selling thrillers


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite book on writing. I listen to it while falling asleep at night. I listen to it during the day. Without pretense, King offers the listener invaluable insight into what will improve the listener's writing and what practices he should avoid, like use of the deadly adverb.. He doesn't preach; he doesn't lecture. King's memories of his childhood are more like snapshots than film vignettes. He uses little dialogue yet still holds the attention of his audience. Listen to it until you can pick upon little nuances that can transform your. writing.

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    Darla Baker Dayton, Ohio 10-23-16
    Darla Baker Dayton, Ohio 10-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read for every writer"

    Not even close to as serious as Stephen's accident, I wrote my first novel recovering from Lyme. I get it. Thank you for this book.

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    SoniaC 10-21-16
    SoniaC 10-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun and enlightening"

    This book is part memoir and part advice on writing and publishing. I found it fun to hear about the stories of his life. I'm not a writer but see how the information he gives would be useful if I was.

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    Gregory Lygon 10-20-16
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    "The Anecdotes are Worth the Price of Admission"

    A long performance but worth the time and effort to get great insites from the best in the biz.

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    Ingrid Carnation, WA, United States 10-14-16
    Ingrid Carnation, WA, United States 10-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Priceless Treasure"

    One of Stephen King's best work. Part memoir, part principles of writing fiction any aspiring writer will find this book extremely useful. Who else to guide you on your journey as a writer but the master of his craft himself.

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    Coach Donna Roswell GA 10-10-16
    Coach Donna Roswell GA 10-10-16 Member Since 2015

    Passionate teacher and lifetime learner. I loved books from before Kindergarten. Read the elem library... yep, all of them.

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    "Enjoyed beyond expectations"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not only is this sound advice on writing (which someday I'll do) it is a bit of history of how and why SK became a writer and what influenced him. The stories of childhood, love, school, struggles to "make it" as a writer and what work he did until then are ones anyone can read and see clearly how one does not become an "overnight success". One works hard and long with faith, commitment and passion.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Writing?

    I have to say the book is chock-full of both great writing advice. Practical. Teachable. Learnable. As well as incredibly personal details. I feel like I could invite the Kings over and have dinner sometime. As a SK reader since the age of 19 - in 1981 - and realizing I'd found a writer that was truly incredible - I've joined along for the ride a long time. I was the kid that read the library to escape the down-sides of my own life. Meeting SK in 1981, I felt I'd found the best. I still believe that today.


    What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having SK read his own story of his own personal experiences could't have been done with the same passion and restrained passion when needed. There is a power in listening to the nuances no one else could achieve.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment of the phone call saying they'd sold that first book and had some significant money coming in is particularly moving... The listener is not only hoping and praying this is "It"... but overjoyed for S and T when it happens!


    Any additional comments?

    Just a note to SK. If you read this, I'd like to say thank you. Thank you for sharing your crazy juicy gift with us. C.R.

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    Laurie Viera Rigler 10-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant, generous, delightful"

    Stephen King generously (those darn adverbs!) shares his process and his history and the essential elements of the writer's toolbox. A great gift to all of us who write and all of us who read (and as King says, if we want to write well we'd better read a lot, too). Love this book, especially its beautiful acknowledgment of the sheer magic that is storytelling. King is also a perfect narrator of his own story.

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    Jeremy Fairbanks 09-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Useful and entertaining"

    This short book serves the author as a concise memoir as well as an instruction manual for aspiring writers, with later chapters acting as lengthy bullet points for style and substance. For fans of King's books, it should not be considered essential reading. But for fans of his writing, and of writing in general, it certainly is.

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    Basil Barrett 09-20-16
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    "Great listen."

    This was honestly a great story along with great instruction. I will listen to this again and again.

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    Colin 09-15-16
    Colin 09-15-16
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    "Directly applicable writing tips + hilarious"

    I found myself laughing out loud, while getting gold gems of insight to write better.

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