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    • Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction

    • The Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, Volume 1
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Writing is structure,” William Goldman said, but too often aspiring writers plunge into their work without grasping this fundamental principle. Story structure is one of the most important concepts for a writer to understand - and ironically, one of the least frequently taught. In this book, New York Times best-selling author William Bernhardt explains the elements that make stories work, using examples spanning from Gilgamesh to The Hunger Games.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Book is an Infomercial

    • By Crystal W. Rast on 03-11-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Thinking Theme: The Heart of the Matter

    • Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, Book 8
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Why do some books linger in memory long after they are over? Why are some books reread, recommended, shared in the classroom? How can you add your book to this distinguished company? The key is theme, giving your story a dynamic idea that lends it power and purpose. William Bernhardt explains what theme is, how it is best revealed, and how to find the theme that, handled correctly, will distinguish your book from all the others. Plus, in the final chapter, Bernhardt explains how your book can have a positive impact on the world in which you live.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • No, Bernhardt, Ayn Rand wasn't a communist

    • By Brian on 06-16-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Dynamic Dialogue: Letting Your Story Speak (Red Sneaker Writers Book)

    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Dynamic dialogue can turn an otherwise ordinary novel into a delightful read, but dull, uninspired dialogue will cause readers to lose interest and try something else. In this book, bestselling author William Bernhardt, renowned for his handling of dialogue, explains his techniques for making characters come to life through their words. He explains the importance of matching character and dialogue, of avoiding dialogue that's “on-the-nose,” and the value of using dialogue to suggest what no one will say aloud.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent advice, brief and on-point

    • By GH on 05-07-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero's Journey

    • Red Sneaker Writers Book, Volume 3
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Even the most unique and interesting characters will not engage readers if their journey - the plot - fails. In this audiobook, best-selling author William Bernhardt reveals the secrets that will keep readers riveted to the page. He explains the importance of matching character to plot and the key distinction between surprise and coincidence. Bernhardt discusses how to enrich your story by layering three levels of conflict and, in the final chapter, analyzes the primary plot structures that delight readers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A little vague

    • By Julia on 11-26-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Sizzling Style

    • Every Word Matters
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Too often aspiring writers are frustrated by rejection, not realizing that the problem is not the story but the way they are telling it. In this audiobook, best-selling author William Bernhardt brings his down-to-earth approach to the subject of style, revealing everything you need to know to write with the art and craft of a seasoned professional. Bernhardt goes beyond memorizing rules to a fresh approach, a philosophy of writing that will transform your work and take it to a higher level.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I hate this guy. He's an illusions smasher/master

    • By Judith E. Prueitt on 03-19-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Excellent Editing

    • The Writing Process
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Why do so many people talk about writing a book but never get the job done? Why do so many start books they never finish? And why is the final product often so much less than what editors and agents want? Because writing is a process, and no steps can be omitted without impacting the quality of the work. As best-selling author William Bernhardt explains, editing begins before you start writing and doesn't end until the book is in print (if then). This book guides writers through that process, explaining what's worth doing and when to do it.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good information with a misleading title

    • By Meredith on 01-20-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life

    • Red Sneaker Writers Books, Volume 2
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    All fiction is character-driven, according to William Bernhardt, despite what you might have heard elsewhere. If your characters don’t interest readers, even the most exciting plots will fail. “Action is character,” Aristotle wrote, but what does that mean, and how can you use that fundamental principle to create dynamic fiction that will captivate readers? This audiobook explains the relationship between character and plot, and how the perfect melding of the two produces a mesmerizing story.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Real Meat.

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-21-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Powerful Premise

    • Writing the Irresistible (Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, Volume 6)
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    William Bernhardt explains the essential elements of breakout books, stories that reel in readers and attract serious attention. He discusses all the essential elements: originality, high stakes, believability, inescapable conflict, emotional appeal, and others. Plus, in the final chapter, Bernhardt explains how to turn your powerful premise into a winning pitch to attract agents and editors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Aspiring Writers: You Need This Entire Series

    • By Troy on 07-24-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Equal Justice

    • The Courage of Ada Sipuel
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Keira Knight
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The law said America kept the black and white races separate but equal. Growing up in Chickasha, Oklahoma, Ada Sipuel learned that separate was never equal. Once she asked her father why the world was divided by race. He said it shouldn't be. "There's only one Constitution, only one Bible." He also taught her not to be afraid to challenge injustice. Years later, Ada hoped to fight for equality by becoming a lawyer. But Oklahoma's law school would not admit her because of the color of her skin. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • history that needs to never be forgotten

    • By Edward on 07-23-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Nemesis

    • The Final Case of Eliot Ness
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Chicago, Eliot Ness had created "the Untouchables" - the fabled team of federal agents who were beyond corruption and who finally put Al Capone behind bars. The headline-grabbing Ness has now been moved to Cleveland, where a new mayor desperately needs some positive publicity. The heroic, squeaky-clean Fed is the perfect man to become the city's director of public safety, but by the time Ness starts his new job, a killer has started a career of his own.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • An opportunity missed

    • By Susan on 08-21-09

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Rough Justice

    • Three Ben Kincaid Stories
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is a collection of three short stories involving lawyer Ben Kincaid and his friends and colleagues. In this short story, Ben Kincaid solves a Christmas mystery with his legal assistant, Christina McCall. Relations with Clyde Burris, the owner of the pawnshop next to Ben's law office, have always been frosty, but that doesn't stop Burris from asking Ben to investigate a Christmas Eve theft that turns out to have life-or-death ramifications.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • After Hours

    • The Ben Kincaid Short Story Series, Book 3
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Larry A. Brewer
    • Length: 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this short story, Mike Morrelli, Ben's friend, former brother-in-law, and homicide detective, investigates a horrible murder involving twisted relationships, mistaken identities, and the tangled webs of love. When the investigation hits a dead end, Mike is forced to try a desperate gambit that might solve the mystery--and untie some knots in his personal life as well.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Yuletide Justice

    • The Ben Kincaid Short Story Series, Book 1
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Larry A. Brewer
    • Length: 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this short story, Ben Kincaid solves a Christmas mystery with his legal assistant, Christina McCall. Relations with Clyde Burris, the owner of the pawnshop next to Ben's law office, have always been frosty, but that doesn't stop Burris from asking Ben to investigate a Christmas Eve theft that turns out to have life-or-death ramifications. Ben soon realizes that solving the mystery is the least part of what needs to be done to set things right during the season of miracles.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Dark Eye

    • A Novel of Suspense
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
    • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 92
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    Psychologist Susan Pulaski, who has a near-empathic gift for understanding the thought processes of criminals, is a consultant for the Las Vegas police force. When the city is galvanized by a brutal murder case, stemming from the death of a young woman who has been buried alive, Police Chief Robert O'Bannon calls on Susan's services.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome!

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-24-05

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Hate Crime

    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Tulsa, Ben Kincaid has built a national reputation as a stalwart defense attorney who will fight tirelessly for his clients. In Evanston, Illinois, Johnny Christensen has built a national reputation as a sadistic bigot who beat and stabbed a gay man and left him to die. When Johnny's mother comes to Ben and begs him to defend her son, he has one secret reason for saying no.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engrossing, Great surprise ending

    • By Pam S on 02-08-06

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Capitol Threat

    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 76
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    When attorney Ben Kincaid came to Washington, D.C., to defend a senator caught in a murder case, he never dreamed he'd end up a senator himself. After his client stepped down, Ben was appointed to complete his term. Now he must advise a Supreme Court nominee during his confirmation. The judge looks like a shoo-in, until he outs himself on national TV. Ben calls a press conference for the now controversial candidate. And then, on live TV, a brutally murdered woman is discovered in the judge's backyard.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Capitol Threat (Unabridged

    • By Sandie on 08-14-07

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Capitol Murder

    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 61
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    William Bernhardt's best-selling novels featuring Oklahoma defense attorney Ben Kincaid capture the bare-knuckles reality of high-stakes criminal defense, as lofty ideals of justice clash with power, corruption, and wealth. In Capitol Murder, Bernhardt's hard-charging hero takes on his most shocking, headline-making case yet.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intrigue and Suspense

    • By Sammy on 11-20-06

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Capitol Conspiracy

    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 65
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    President Franklin Blake survives a terrorist attack at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. The First Lady isn't so lucky.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Timely Subject

    • By Robert on 01-21-08

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Princess Alice and the Dreadful Dragon

    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: Lara Wells
    • Length: 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This charming children's story featuring the brave and strong-willed Princess Alice. When a giant dragon's egg lands in the middle of the Great Marshmallow Fields, no one knows what to do - except Alice. She takes charge of the situation, raising the baby dragon, who others shun because he doesn't look like everyone else. The dragon makes one social misstep after another. But Alice is always there to defend him, until at last, at her extraordinary birthday party, his value is proved to everyone.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Capitol Betrayal

    • A Novel
    • By: William Bernhardt
    • Narrated by: William Bernhardt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 32
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    Kincaid is in a meeting with the president in the Oval Office when Washington suddenly explodes into chaos. Facing an imminent threat to the White House, Kincaid is whisked, along with the president and his advisors, to the underground PEOC - Presidential Emergency Operations Center - built to withstand a nuclear blast, but vulnerable to another kind of attack.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Deeply disappointing!

    • By Wayne on 12-21-16

    Regular price: $31.93

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