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The Secrets of Story Audiobook

The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers

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Publisher's Summary

The Secrets of Story is a revolutionary and comprehensive writing guide for the 21st century, focused on clever ways to get an audience to fully identify with an all-too-human hero. Authors will learn to how to cut through pop culture noise and win over a jaded modern audience by rediscovering the heart of writing: shaping stories that ring true to our shared understanding of human nature. Providing conversational advice that spans multiple disciplines - from fiction to film to creative nonfiction - Matt Bird's insightful techniques allow characters to come alive and stories to reach a new level of appeal.

©2016 Matt Bird (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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    Charley Dunn 01-09-17 Listener Since 2007
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    "I want this guy to be my editor"

    I hesitated to download this book since it had only 15 reviews which made me wary of artificial ratings. Much to my surprise I soon realized this book is an absolute treasure. I spend most of this past year (I am very serious about getting this right) consuming writer's resources hoping to find a few gems. I rank this book near the top along with McKee's "Story", Stein's "on writing", and Swain's "Techniques..". For the first time I am considering hiring an editor for my novel and if I do it will be Matt Bird. Thank you, Mr. Bird, for the effort you put into this work. It is an immense help to me.
    - Charles Dunn 01/2017

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 11-07-16
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 11-07-16 Member Since 2017

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "The most important screenwriting book on Audible!"

    I had no idea who this guy was until I bought this book. Now, I'm convinced he's one of the most knowledgeable people in the screenwriting biz. Much of the stuff he touches on, I learned at a certain west coast school's MFA program, but I ended up paying a helluva lot more for that education than I did for this book!! Also, it's nice to have everything all neat and clean in a tidy package like this.

    Anyone writing a screenplay, no matter what level you're at, would be well-served in listening to this audiobook.

    And that is all. Time to write.

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Myers Austin Texas 12-21-16
    Alex Myers Austin Texas 12-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book on writing ever! A comprehensive effort"

    This will be my number one recommended book to my writer friends to novices and old hacks.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 05-26-17
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 05-26-17 Member Since 2017

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "Good Story Impossible? 'Au Contraire'!"

    Forget about what you've read in other writing books--Matt Bird goes for the unconventional, the counter-intuitive. From books to films, he uses great examples that will help you craft outstanding stories. I consider myself a writer, not screenwriter, and I found "The Secrets of Story" to be amazingly useful. He addresses myths in-depth, and tackles how-to, all in the one go of the book.
    Perhaps you know him best from his blog, "The Cockeyed Caravan". If you do, you'll recognize The Ultimate Story Checklist and will appreciate it here, where it's dived into and where it appears as the Appendix. You can go to his blog also and download it there for free, but boy did I enjoy having it expanded upon. Perhaps you'll also recognize his delightful sense of humor, of irony (and if you don't have irony in your life, in your story, you're wasting everybody's time!).
    What you'll learn most is how to write to an audience. This does NOT mean pandering or writing to the market, but it does mean people will actually read/see your work and will walk away with a sense of satisfaction and perhaps even joy.
    I haven't learned this much even from Robert McKee's works on story and dialogue. And forgive me if it's blasphemy, but I was far more thrilled with "The Secrets of Story" than I was with Stephen King's seminal work, "On Writing". Don't get me wrong: you'll probably want both.
    But if I had to choose? I'd choose this one, hands down.

    52 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    Dax New York 03-21-17
    Dax New York 03-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Must Read for Story"

    An amazing book ever student and writer must read. The author does a great job articulating concepts not mentioned in other such story books and has up to date (2016) references.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Holdiman 02-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Valuable resource with good insight"

    In my desire to be a writer I have read many books on how to write, how to build characters etc etc.
    This is actually the first book that Supplied enough information to make the time spent reading/listening to it worthwhile.
    Mr. Bird gave great advice and broke down a lot of the details into smaller and more understandable chunks of information.
    I was actually beginning to lose hope that I would find a book that is so useful.
    I have already read this book twice and I intend to keep reading it until everything sinks in to my thick cranium.
    I would definitely recommend this book and say that it's worth every penny.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    rita v. 02-15-17
    rita v. 02-15-17 Member Since 2015

    I love to learn about health, psychology, history, hypnosis, meditation, etc. I'm a long time member of Audible, DVDs and Tapes before that!

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    "Best Book on Fiction I've Read So Far"

    Sorry, this book is so complete and simple at the same time so thorough I would have to write all morning. You will be happy to have discovered it.

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    RaR austin, tx United States 05-02-17
    RaR austin, tx United States 05-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great info and new take on writing"

    Great information and look at writing. Caters mostly to screenwriting as 99% of examples are from movies. Still good points made for any writer, however. Not sure if it's the author or the narrator, but sounds so condescending.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lauri Donahue 12-10-16
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    "Probably better in print"

    This is a pretty good book about screenwriting, and it's better-written than most. I also appreciate that the author has a sense of humor and isn't too full of himself.

    However, since it's basically a "how to" book, it's more useful in print form. I gave up on the Audible version after 5 chapters.

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Bird 06-09-17
    Lady Bird 06-09-17

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    "Good and Bad"

    This book wasn't bad but it got boring VERY quick. I'm writing this review before I've even finished the book. I have five hours left and I'm struggling to finish it. I have listened to two other books and gone back to this one and gotten bored yet again. Pretty much everything the author has to say could've been summed up in two hours. If you're a screenwriter this book IS for you, if you are looking to write a novel this book is NOT for you. That being said I probably will finish it at some point because I hate not finishing a book...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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