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Louise Rule

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  • On Writing

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

In June of 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van while walking along the shoulder of a country road in Maine. Six operations were required to save his life and mend his broken body. When he was finally able to sit up, he immediately started writing. This book - part biography, part a collection of tips for the aspiring writer - is the extraordinary result.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great personal insight

  • By Blinkinmarvellous on 13-04-13

An exhilarating read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Where to start... Whether you’re an aspiring writer or not, this is a must-read. Stephen King has a voice that rivets the listener, and fills you up with enthusiasm not just to write, but to live a life worth writing about. I’m new to anything by Stephen King, so this was a revelation, a door-opener, if you will, to making you believe in yourself, believe in your dreams, and to realise that in order to make those writing dreams come true takes a lot of work. Stephen King sounds like a no-nonsense kind of man with a keen eye on the world around him, a family man whose family really does come first. Anecdotal, funny, serious, instructive, constructive, at times heart rending, all of these and more make this a book that, if not on your bookshelf, or in your audio library, invites the question: why on earth not? I will listen/read this book many times in the future. And I know it will always be up there with my other favourites. Treat yourself. Be inspired. Take the ride. But I warn you, it’s bumpy, and have tissues, plenty of tissues for the tears of laughter and for the tears of sorrow, too. Enjoy!

  • Wolf's Head

  • The Forest Lord
  • By: Steven A. McKay
  • Narrated by: Nick Ellsworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

After viciously assaulting a corrupt but powerful clergyman Robin Hood flees the only home he has ever known in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Becoming a member of a notorious band of outlaws, Hood and his new companions - including John Little and Will Scaflock - hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals. When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends seeks bloody vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By TheFluffyViking on 29-05-14

A Brilliant Reworking of a Popular Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, because the story is both compelling and believable. It was also an innovative retelling of the much loved Robin Hood tale.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters had depth. The storyline was exhilarating, and carried the listener along. The language was contemporary, and that was refreshing.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It took me a little while to get used to the performance. At first I thought that the reader needed to put more feeling into it. As the story went on, however, he seemed to get into his stride, and I enjoyed his performance more. I think the performer read the female characters quite well, and that must be difficult for a male performer.

Was Wolf's Head worth the listening time?

Definitely worth the listening time, and I would definitely listen to it many times, as I do with all my favourite audio books.

Any additional comments?

I have the Kindle version of Steven A. McKay's book, and have read it quite a few times now because I enjoy it very much. It was interesting to listen to it, having already got used to my own characterisations of the main characters.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rhythms Easy Mongolian

  • By: EuroTalk Ltd
  • Narrated by: Jamie Stuart
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Use your mind's natural rhythm to learn a language with Rhythms Easy Mongolian from EuroTalk. It's naturally easier to learn something when it's set to rhythmic music, so that is exactly what we've done. Rhythms puts your mind painlessly to work: you don't even need to focus! Simple words and phrases are set to a varied pattern of rhythms and music designed to help you learn and to keep you engaged so that you won't just switch off after five minutes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Useful Tool

  • By Louise Rule on 31-12-11

A Useful Tool

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-11

The Mongolian language is very difficult to pick up, but this audio book does help, though I must say that because Mongolian is written in Cyril it would benefit from a PDF of all the sections, after all it is not like learning a European language where you can visualise the words. The music, although an aid to picking up the language, does seem to be a bit loud, and eventually becomes bothersome. I have given this audio book four stars because it is a very useful language learning tool.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful