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What disappointed you about Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction?
I've read several books on story structure, most notably _Story_ by Mckee (which I've read several times). The synopsis of this book mentioned several books that I've enjoyed, so I purchased it. When the author began the book by excusing the brevity of the audiobook (which I hadn't realized was so short until that point), and then launched into a pitch for his seminars, I was fine. But, when every example of actual story structure came from one of his books (one of which he even stated that the reader might want to buy MULTIPLE copies in order to take notes), then I got fed up. This is not an instructional book so much as an infomercial meant to draw up sales for his books. Rather than using this as a platform from which to try to foist his books off on readers, he should have actually offered instructional content, taking examples from noteworthy works (as McKee does), and impressed the listener with his knowledge of the craft. That would have made me want to read his books. That would have made me want to consider attending one of his seminars. And that would have definitely made me more likely to purchase more audiobooks.
I have only left one other negative book review in my life, but I felt compelled to warn potential buyers not to waste their money or time.
Would you ever listen to anything by William Bernhardt again?
What three words best describe William Bernhardt’s voice?
relaxing, clear, precise
What character would you cut from Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction?
The salesman who happens to be the author.
Any additional comments?
Just hoping I can get a refund on this.
20 of 22 people found this review helpful
I started at the beginning. This one was good - I learned several new tips and heard many others reiterated. Since listening to this offering, I've almost listened to them all and I find they are quite good. To be taken in bits and gentle reminders while you are plodding away at your craft.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Those OK with getting half a book.
What was most disappointing about William Bernhardt’s story?
Throughout his books, the author refers to apendixes, diagrams, and other material included in the ebook but not in or with the audiobook! The author advises that if you contact him, he will send a free copy of the ebooks. Well, I've contacted him multiple times in many forms over the last year and haven't received a reply.
What three words best describe William Bernhardt’s performance?
Useful but Commercialized
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction?
I would have added the appendixes available for download.
Any additional comments?
Really good book, it gave me lots of information on how to structure my story, highly recommend.