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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-18


Basics of copywriting, yes, but not good for audiobook format. Not very interestingly presented. This verbal performance was lackluster at best. I think you're better off listening to interviews with Bob Bly and other copywriters and entrepreneurs for inspiration.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Every human being should read this!

Great, positive, practical principles to live by. Encourages us to think of other people rather than ourselves both in relationships and in the workplace. I will be starting over and continuing to listen to a chapter every day... indefinitely!
Three stars to the performance, he sounds like a 1940's newsreel announcer. It's alright but a bit nerdy. Not in a cool way.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-18

A great story and a great performance!

I just love Nicholas Nickleby!!!!! The wicked are entertaining and the good are heartwarming! The description of the boys' school is so clear and awful! But what I really love is how Nicholas doesn't take crap from anyone! He's probably my favorite Dickens character. This is a long book but worth the plot twists at the end!!!

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-18

Not very well-written, terrible narration

There are so many other books and interviews about, by, and with copywriters here on Audible. Don't waste your time with this one. For example, he goes on about keeping the writing simple, but does so in an overcomplicated manner. --And this narrator mispronounces 6th grade vocabulary words. Very distracting.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-18

A nerd's paradise

A really fun lead character that you're happy to root for, a jillion references to 80's movies, music, and video games... a dystopian future where Wil Wheaton is an "old geezer" ;)... An interesting exploration into life that is really hard in the real world for nearly everyone, but where everyone can immerse themselves in an easily accessible virtual world. The further I got into the book, the more I wanted to know what happens next! I can't wait to see the movie that is coming out this month! I very highly recommend this book!!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Wow, Ms. Gaskell was a genius!

Elizabeth Gaskell seems like she could have had a degree in Psychology, Economics, and of course Creative Writing! She is brilliant! And Juliet Stevenson is perfect, as always. This book is so wonderful! The BBC series is great, but the book is soooooooo worth the time! You'll really understand the characters so much better!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Whew! What a saga!

Great performance by Mark Boyett!!! I really enjoyed Kevin Anderson's writing style and creative universe! I liked how the plot really took unexpected turns, and how the chapters started with brief reminders about each character, because there were many, many interesting characters to follow! The aliens were really clearly described and fun to follow, and the bad guys were super nasty, which also was interesting. Read all three of these books in the Saga of Shadows to really appreciate this conclusion!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Such a fun novel

Probably Jane Austen's most famous book, it'll be worth your while to give it a listen! Elizabeth Bennett is so much fun. Part of what I love about her is that she is such an imperfect heroine. The follies of her mother, sister, and their cousin Mr. Collins (every family has THAT relation...!) are also written with a wink and a smile. I think this is my 4th or 5th time reading this, and I love it more each time. Do yourself the favor of watching the long Colin Firth version of P&P as well... He IS Mr. Darcy. And in that version, as I listened to this book again, I realize that the actress who played Lady Catherine was SPOT ON. The only slight disappointment here was the performance. She has a nice voice, and it's certainly not awful or irritating... She just didn't seem to 'get' Jane Austen's humor sometimes as she read certain funny conversions. Other than that I thought she did a great job. :)

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-18

Nice tight storytelling, poetic and wretched

Well, I had to find out what happened, so I finished the story... but there were so many awful, unsavory characters that the going sometimes got tough for me. This was a hive of scum and villainy from beginning to end, with some surprises but mostly just raw hopelessness. I almost felt like the author had a hat full of pieces of paper with humanity's worst vices and he kept picking them and peppering the story with them to an unnecessary degree. On the positive side, I do really like the writing style, with a great deal of sensory description which helps you to be in the moment with the "hero". He also wove the mystery into the story so well that I HAD to keep going! Mark Bramhall was the PERFECT reader for this book, with a gritty cowboy voice and good voices for different characters. He's very talented and skilled.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-17

A must-read for anyone who loves Star Wars!

So many wonderful writers! So many angles from which we can view the events in the original Star Wars movie! A Jawa story! A Sandperson (?) story! A Stormtrooper's story! Even the long-nosed bespectacled spy in Mos Eisley has more to his story than meets the eye! One of my favorite stories is the one about the one-eyed creature in the trash compactor! Really! The performances are brilliant, too. I only found it a little frustrating that they didn't give the name of the reader along with the author. I plan to come back to this one!!!

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