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Absolutely wonderful narration, a must listen

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

Reviewed: 12-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Woodcutter to be better than the print version?

I haven't read it, but I am sure it won't evoke the vivid imagery that Mr. Keeble brings about through his consistent rendering of the story's characters and the cumbrian surroundings.

What other book might you compare The Woodcutter to, and why?

The count of monte cristo. It is based on it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The one where Alva first reads Wilf's account of his childhood and how he came to meet Imagine.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, once it got gripping, it was difficult to stop listening. I usually listened on the bus to work which takes a good one hour in each direction and therefore affords the time and the privacy for uninterrupted listening.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to more work from Mr. Keeble.

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A must-listen for writers of all hues

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

Reviewed: 29-05-14

What made the experience of listening to Story the most enjoyable?

The narration and the content. I have listened to the entire book several times over the past few months and I found every word and every sentence worth committing to memory.

What other book might you compare Story to, and why?

I am not sure I know of another audio book quite like this one that distills the essence of story writing in such an enjoyable and educative manner. However, I have read other writing self-help books but they don't come anywhere near this one.

Have you listened to any of Robert McKee’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Unfortunately, so far I haven't found any others.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. I actually almost did.

Any additional comments?

The book is a vault of information for aspiring writers about the elements of a story and techniques of story writing with detailed examples taken from well known and memorable films like Casablanca and Kramer vs Kramer. The part where Mckee describes a Casablanca scene beat by beat is worth committing to memory as an example of to write a tight scene.

Learn to appreciate and understand this classic!

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

Reviewed: 29-05-14

What did you like most about Hamlet?

Being from India, where English is a second language, I found new appreciation for this Shakespeare classic via the excellent commentary.

What did you like best about this story?

Hamlet is a complex character and it was difficult for me to earlier understand his psychology. I found new ways to understand and appreciate the grey, uneven texture of the human condition.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I was born and brought up in a traditional Hindu household in India where I was exposed more to dramatisation of the Hindu myths and legends. So, it was exciting to feel like a fly on the wall in a time when Europe was ruled by monarchy.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scene where Hamlet spurns Olivia to make her hate him was particularly moving. So is the emotional and philosophical charge of the grave digger's scene when they unearth a skull of an old courtier and Hamlet realises aloud the futility of vanity and desire for material things.

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