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GLASGOW, United Kingdom
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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 1,191
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025

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

Great!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This book does what it says on the tin. It's narrated by Stephen King himself which gives it a real edge as he combines his memories of growing up, early adulthood, with his advice on how to write and get published. It's clever and inspiring and I would recommend it to any aspiring writer or simply any fan of the great horror writer.

  • Unbeaten

  • The Story of My Brutal Childhood
  • By: Kim Woodburn
  • Narrated by: Kim Woodburn
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

For Kim Woodburn, finding fame in her 60s in the smash-hit television series How Clean is Your House? with fellow dust-buster Aggie Mackenzie is like living a fairytale. Often, however, she has simply wished that she had never been born, for Kim has overcome horrific emotional and physical abuse, both at the hands of her alcoholic mother and her philandering, abusive father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational

  • By June on 13-04-13

Inspirational

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This book was short enough to be read comfortably in one weekend. Kim reads it in the manner you would expect, to the point with no nonsense, and I think that enhances the mood of the story. She doesn't use flowery or high brow words, she doesn't try to be something she isn't. It's tragic and it's inspirational. Most people would have crumbled at a fraction of Kim's nightmares yet she troops on into adulthood with amazing stoicism. It's not cheerful but it should have you feeling that the human spirit is stronger than you think.

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