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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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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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  • aaron
    los angeles, CA, United States
    07/11/16
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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Charley Dunn
    09/01/17
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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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dax
    New York
    21/03/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • rita v.
    Asheville, NC
    15/02/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia Holdiman
    06/02/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Myers
    Austin Texas
    21/12/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lauri Donahue
    Jerusalem, Israel
    10/12/16
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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.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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