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The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

Narrated by: Hannah B. Harvey
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins

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An absolute treat for the heart and mind, these 24 lectures demonstrate how to master the art of storytelling, offering insight into the process of crafting and delivering a tale to enhancing the stories you tell everyday - to your children at bedtime, in your conversational anecdotes, and in your presentations at work. Teachers, lawyers, clergy, coaches, parents, and anyone who wants to understand the power of stories to capture hearts and minds will benefit from these lessons.

You'll discover practical methods for building dynamic tension and capturing - then maintaining - your audience's attention. You'll acquire tips and techniques for finding, selecting, and preparing stories, whether they're based on your own experiences, time-honored folk tales, or beloved family yarns. You'll also learn to choose expressive language, craft compelling characters, refine your narrator's point of view, shape your story's plot, structure, and emotional arc, use body language to connect with your audience, and more.

Part how-to workshop, part intellectual study of the history of narrative, these lectures feature exercises that literally get you moving to develop your stories and make them more enjoyable. Professor Harvey's interactive activities and "side coaching" sessions are designed to make you comfortable enough with your story to tell it naturally and make impromptu changes as needed. You'll even learn what to do if the unexpected occurs while telling a story to a roomful of kids or giving a presentation, and about the practical considerations of using props, PowerPoint, and microphones in various scenarios.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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  • Gareth Butterworth
  • 22-06-15

Storytelling, as taught by a poor story teller.

What would have made The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals better?

I really wanted to get in to this course, but I can't get over the poor storytelling skills of the tutor. Although she knows what it technically means to be a good storyteller, her application of those things she tries to teach and her cringe-worthy, nerve-jarring use of accents and dialects (most notable is her attempt at a Scottish accent, something she claims to have had coaching on. I don't know by who, but I don't believe they were Scottish) makes me completely lose trust in what she has to teach. One of the most annoying things about the whole audio book is when she exhales in a short blast through her nose at something she finds humorous - which generally isn't humorous at all, it's almost a confidence issue and does it through nerves (much like somebody might say 'urr' and 'umm' a lot when they are nervous). She does this a lot.

It very much feels like the subheading should have the "to Professionals" part taken out, as it does not feel like her performance style should be aimed at anyone older than early teens.

If she taught the essentials with a better storyteller performing the actual story parts, it would be a much better listen.

Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

I certainly would, as they have some great courses in their catalogue.

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Hannah B. Harvey’s performances?

Based on my experience with this book I very much doubt that I would.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There will probably be plenty of listeners who have learnt something from this book, unfortunately if I can bare to finish the last 1/5 of it I am not likely to be one of them.

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  • D. J. Wilkinson
  • 20-07-15

Good but...

I found this book useful, with some really good insights. However I did find it a bit tedious at times. It could be a cultural difference between British and American Styles of story telling / listening. A preview of the points she is making would have been useful as it is not always apparent.

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  • ben grant
  • 16-05-19

Look elsewhere for story telling education

A massively qualified story teller, who leaves you bored and looking at your watch with every story she drags you through.

Repetitive use of descriptive words and a lack of play by play of the techniques being used in story telling.

Over worked examples of speed and pitch leaving the whole experiencing feeling forced, disconjointed and awkward.

I selected this as I am on a journey of self investment, story telling can be powerful, but instead of being told how to utilise the skill, your exposed to a detailed account of personal stories that have no value to the listener.

I would have preferred story’s or scripts that I can relate too and then analyse the story telling techniques at work.

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  • Daniel
  • 29-09-17

It's time to share your story!

Storytelling can benefit you in every day life, sales and business!

This was a great overview of tools and tips you can use to add dramatic effects to your story. Her delivery is quit

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  • Michael W.
  • 28-06-16

informative, instructive and brill!

this course gives the listener a solid framework for understanding storytelling and how it reaches others

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  • Gergana
  • 07-03-15

Erudite and Inspirational

Where does The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book brought me back to my long forgotten love of storytelling. It provides practical ideas of how to structure the creative energy of the story as well as practical advice on voice control, memorizing and connecting with the audience. I am definitely going to listen to this again and again.

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  • Dalibor
  • 18-12-17

Great for film makers and other creatives

Where does The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As a film maker, this book was good to further my knowledge in story telling. This was a good book. Downside is that there are some interesting grunts, sniffs etc while reading, which can get annoying, but I don't think it takes away from what the book aims to do.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals?

The most memorable moments were the story about her grandpa's hands. Such a simple story but a big lesson to be learned with how detailed or not detailed you need to be to focus on the story you are trying to tell.

Have you listened to any of Professor Hannah B. Harvey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any of the other performances.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book really did bring some emotions out when some of the stories were told. The way the stories were told really made you feel like you are there. That's where I want to be with my story telling, so it was good to be in that space.

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  • Colleen Kelly
  • 06-03-18

The most irritating voice/accent on audible.com.

What would have made The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals better?

This is the MOST irritating voice on audible.com. If she said "Nair-ator" one more time, or read "Little Red Riding Hood' again - I was about to run off into the woods myself. I would have returned this book, except it took so long to listen to her long boring repetition.

Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

The Great Courses are normally BRILLIANT! This one was a BIG let-down

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Hannah B. Harvey’s performances?

NEVER.....ah that hideous voice.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nothing original. Irritating voice. HORRENDOUS southern accent sounded like she hadn't finished high school.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed. I would have returned this if I could have. Not nearly the normal standard of "The Great Courses"

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  • Sam
  • 09-07-18

Great Stories. Frustrating Delivery at Times.

Hannah is a very talented story teller, but the longer I listened the more I realised that she consistently talks up women, while putting down men. That kind of devision wore me down by about half way.

There is also a habitual fake ‘laugh’ that again works well at first, but becomes increasingly difficult to listen to.

If those things don’t bother you, then you’ll learn a lot from this course.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-18

Content strong along with accent...

Good content agenda. Note the narrator has a strong SE American accent and manner. This may not be as relevant for your local context.