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Where does The Art of Storytelling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I've read many books on storytelling and story development. A reason why I've read so many is that none have actually given specific, practical advice. All specify the same ideals of using emotion, humor, and animated expressions to capture an audience's attention, but none provide simple, understandably steps to achieving this. Perhaps that is why I kept moving on to the next book. But this book is different. The author truly wants to teach you how to tell a story, and he gives examples of what has worked for him. Because these are real-life examples, they are easy to understand and put into practice. He takes a very difficult art (and storytelling is an art), and provides practical advice and exercises to how improve your storytelling ability. By contrast, all previous books I've read attempt to break down this art into abstract ideas, with minimal practical application. The author is a minister, and therefore his examples (and experiences) involve moral and bible stories, but this is to be expected. The same would be true if he were an rocket scientist telling stories about NASA. The subject of his examples does not distract from his advice.
Have you listened to any of John Walsh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
If you're ok with reapplying the lessons to more general stories, this book will be useful to you. I myself am not Christian and I found some helpful points. However if you strongly dislike hearing anything about the Bible then this book is not for you. I personally found it kind of annoying but I suffered through it to glean what I could.
I felt the need to write it from the perspective of telling Bible stories was unnecessary for teaching how to story tell. it could have been written more generally then reapplied to Bible stories on one's own, but I'm sure the author felt that his mission in life was to help people tell Bible stories so here we are. I just wish the cover had stated that clearly so as not to mislead people.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Reference to bible stories and teachings help the listener visualise the age old picture of people sitting in a group listening to a teacher telling interesting stories.
Every aspect of storytelling segments is broken down in this audiobook to cover the art of storytelling.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful