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  • Relaunch Your Novel

  • Breathe Life Into Your Backlist
  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Have you launched a novel, or many novels, only to have them land with a whimper? Have you had a great-selling book or series slowly fade away to obscurity? What if you could relaunch those books, turning your backlist into a great source of income?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring.

  • By A Reader on 07-02-19

Inspiring.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

I had one book that failed and one I wish had done better. This book inspired me to give them a makeover and see if they do well.

  • Write. Publish. Repeat.

  • The No-Luck Guide to Self-Publishing Success
  • By: Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In Write. Publish. Repeat., they tell you how exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any independent author can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable career with their writing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest and Useful

  • By ClaireM on 13-04-16

Brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 22-01-19

This has been one of the best books I've ever listened to about writing. I will listen to this again and make notes.

  • Creating Life

  • The Art of World Building, Volume 1
  • By: Randy Ellefson
  • Narrated by: Randy Ellefson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Creating a unique, immersive setting one life form at a time. This book is a detailed how-to guide on inventing the heart of every imaginary world - life. With chapters on creating gods, species/races, plants, animals, monsters, heroes, villains, and even undead, it draws on the author's quarter century of world building experience. Pointed questions, and an examination of answers and their repercussions, will help readers decide on goals, how to reach them, and whether they are even worth pursuing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Painful Listen

  • By A Reader on 15-11-18

A Painful Listen

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-18

This audiobook is full of knowledge but was difficult to get through. The author reads it but he sounds like he doesn't want to be there. His voice is flat and dull, making this an utter drag to get through. Buy the books instead.

  • 2K to 10K

  • Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Arial Burnz
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Expanding on the author's highly successful process for doubling daily word counts, this audiobook - a combination of reworked blog posts and new material - offers practical writing advice for anyone who's ever longed to increase their daily writing output.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short but mighty

  • By Padraig Mac Lochlainn on 17-03-19

Educational

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

A great narration of a writing journey that any author should want to check out. It looses a star because I felt there were too many musical interludes and they could have been a few less of them.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,881

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Pretty Cool

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

This story was a fun listen. I felt it could have been less tech heavy but it's Weir's style and I doubt it will change. Dawson does an amazing job with the narration and I hope she does more audio books in the future.

  • The 5 Day Novel: 'The How To Guide for Writing Faster & Optimizing Your Workflow'

  • By: Scott King
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Struggling to finish your novels? Learn how to tweak your workflow process and write one in only five days! After taking way too long to write a fantasy epic, author and educator Scott King refined his writing process so that he could crank out a novel in five days! Through easy-to-follow tips and helpful examples, Scott takes a theme and shapes an entire story around it. Let him walk you through the prewriting process, slogging through a first draft, and doing the rewrites.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By A Reader on 23-08-18

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

I had thought this would be a straight forward approach on how to write a novel in five days, but I was wrong. The author wrote it, in part, as a diary of their experience with assignments throughout and I found it more engaging as a result. The narrator gave it some good feel too, which also helped because in some non fiction audio books I've listened to, that doesn't happen often. I intend on trying this method, not sure when, but I even spoke to the author on social media and he was very supportive. I finished this audio book feeling very inspired.

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  • Murder on the Orient Elite

  • A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

In this brand-new Grimnoir Chronicles story written exclusively for Audible, it's 1937 - four years after the Grimnoir Society defeated the magical alien force known as The Power. "Heavy" Jake Sullivan is summoned by his oddest ally, Dr. Wells, to stop the bombing of a new ultra-luxury airship. Amid the glitz, the gambling, and the high-society types, Sullivan races time to hunt for the saboteur. But surrounded by a blimp-full of Germans, Russians, Imperium Iron Guard, and other magical enemies - where can he even begin?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By A Reader on 08-06-18

Good Story

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Ok short story. Nothing wrong with the narration or length but it feels like Correia should have left the main story finished at the end of the trilogy.

  • Tokyo Raider

  • A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt the series

  • By KipSoton on 24-03-15

Pretty Good.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This was a pretty good story, but it could have been a lot longer. Still, it was a good listen.

  • Warbound

  • Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does not skip a beat

  • By Animar on 18-09-13

Epic Conclusion

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

A brilliant way to finish the main part of the story. Correia has become one of my favourite authors and Pinchot is one of the best narrators out there.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,884
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,893
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,864

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Epic!

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

Reviewed: 17-05-18

Brilliant story that was narrated by an expert in the field. This was also one of the best audio books I have listened to as well and I can think of nothing bad to say about it. Amazing.