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  1. 11.2 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    The long-awaited follow-up to the perennially bestselling writers’ guide Story, from the most sought-after expert in the art of storytelling. Robert McKee’s popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation. The list of alumni with Oscars runs off the page. The cornerstone of his program is his definitive book, Story, which has defined how we talk about the art of story creation. Now, in Dialogue, McKee offers the same in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue. Dialogue applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech. Famous McKee alumni include Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Haggis, the writing team for Pixar, and many others.

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    Dialogue

    Scenes read by David Pittu and Orlagh Cassidy
    Read by Robert McKee
    11.2 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 3.0 hrs • 5/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Paul Frees is the voice of your Ghost Host at Disneyland and Disneyworld’s Haunted Mansion, the dastardly Boris Badenov from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Professor Ludwig von Drake via the Wonderful World of Disney, the Pillsbury Doughboy, voices in George of the Jungle, half of the Beatles in their cartoon series, narrator of such classic films as The Manchurian Candidate, The Shaggy Dog, The War of the Worlds, and others. And there’s more. He can be heard in thousands of commercials and radio shows, such as Suspense and Escape, and voice-overs for Spartacus, Patton, and hundreds more. He even lent his voice to the original Lord of the Rings and The Return of the King, produced by Rankin/Bass. He was considered one of the greatest of voice actors. In addition to this, Paul Frees wrote the scripts and lyrics that have been recently unearthed and are contained in this collection, including The Demon of Dimension X.

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    The Writings of Paul Frees by Paul Frees

    The Writings of Paul Frees

    Edited by Ben Ohmart
    Read by Paul Frees
    3.0 hrs • 5/31/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.6 hrs • 1/6/2015 • Unabridged

    Anyone can make a short film, right? Just grab some friends and your handheld and you can do it in a weekend or two before being accepted to a slew of film festivals, right? Wrong. Roberta Munroe screened short-film submissions at Sundance for five years and is an award-winning short-film maker in her own right. So she knows a thing or two about how not to make a short film. From the first draft of your script to casting, production, editing, and distribution, this is your one-stop primer for breaking into the business. Featuring interviews with many of today’s most talented writers, producers, and directors, as well as revealing stories and advice (e.g., what to do when the skinhead crack addict next door begins screaming obscenities as soon as you call “action”) from the sets of her own short films, Roberta walks you through the minefield of mistakes that an aspiring filmmaker can make—so that you don’t have to make them yourself.

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    How Not to Make a Short Film

    Foreword by Tom Quinn
    6.6 hrs • 1/6/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 4.2 hrs • 1/1/2013 • Unabridged

    “One thing I’ve always liked about Hollywood is its zip, or speed. The whole industry depends to some extent on talent spotting. The hundreds of agents, studio executives, and producers who roam the streets of the city of Los Angeles let very little in the way of talent slip by.” In this final installment of the memoir trilogy that includes Books and Literary Life, Larry McMurtry, “the master of the show-stopping anecdote” (O, The Oprah Magazine) turns his own keenly observing eye to his rollercoaster romance with Hollywood. As both the creator of numerous works successfully adapted by others for film and television (Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove, and the Emmy-nominated The Murder of Mary Phagan) and the author of screenplays including The Last Picture Show (with Peter Bogdanovich), Streets of Laredo, and the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain (both with longtime writing partner Diana Ossana), McMurtry has seen all the triumphs and frustrations that Tinseltown has to offer a writer, and he recounts them in a voice unfettered by sentiment and yet tinged with his characteristic wry humor. Beginning with his sudden entrée into the world of film as the author of Horseman, Pass By—adapted into the Paul Newman–starring Hud in 1963—McMurtry regales readers with anecdotes that find him holding hands with Cybill Shepherd, watching Jennifer Garner’s audition tape, and taking lunch at Chasen’s again and again. McMurtry fans and Hollywood hopefuls alike will find much to cherish in these pages, as McMurtry illuminates life behind the scenes in America’s dream factory.

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    Hollywood

    4.2 hrs • 1/1/13 • Unabridged
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  5. 6.2 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    For more than fifteen years, Robert McKee’s students have been taking Hollywood’s top honors. His “Story Seminar” is the world’s ultimate seminar for screenwriters, filmmakers, and novelists. Now Robert McKee’s Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting reveals the award-winning methods of the man universally regarded as the world’s premier teacher on screenwriting and story. With Hollywood and publishing companies paying record sums for great stories and audiences clamoring for originality, McKee’s Story gives you the strategies you need to win the war on clichés. Story is about form, not formula. McKee’s insights cut to the hidden sources of storytelling, the decisive differences between mediocrity and excellence. This audiobook goes well beyond the essential mechanics of screenwriting and is packed with examples from such film classics as Casablanca and Chinatown. Then, scene by sequence by act, he illuminates the principles of story design that take a writer’s vision to brilliant realization. Story elevates the craft of screenwriting to an art form. Take it from the pros: if you’re serious about your writing, this is the audiobook that will help you get your story from page to screen.

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    Story

    6.2 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  6. 5.5 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Antwone Quenton Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment his single mother gave birth to him in prison. As a foster child, he suffered more than a dozen years of emotional abandonment and physical abuse, until he escaped and forged a life on the streets. And just as his life was about to hit rock bottom, Antwone enlisted in the US Navy—a decision that would ultimately save him. There, he became a man and discovered a loving family he never had. Through it all, Antwone refused to allow his spirit to be broken and never gave up his dreams of a better day.  Finding Fish shows how, out of this unlikely mix of deprivation and hope, an artist was born—first as the child who painted the feelings his words dared not speak, then as a poet and storyteller who would eventually become one of Hollywood’s most sough-after screenwriters. A miraculous true story of one courageous man’s journey from abandonment and abuse to extraordinary success, here is a modern-day, African American Oliver Twist you will never forget.

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    Finding Fish

    5.5 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  7. 5.7 hrs • 1/27/2004 • Abridged

    He spent his earliest years in post WWII–refugee camps. He came to America and grew up in Cleveland—stealing cars, rolling drunks, battling priests, nearly going to jail. He became the screenwriter of the worldwide hits Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, and Flashdance. He also wrote the legendary disasters Showgirls and Jade. The rebellion never ended, even as his films went on to gross more than a billion dollars at the box office and he became the most famous—or infamous—screenwriter in Hollywood. Joe Eszterhas is a complex and paradoxical figure: part outlaw and outsider combined with equal parts romantic and moralist. More than one person has called him “the devil.” He has been referred to as “the most reviled man in America.” But Time asked, “If Shakespeare were alive today, would his name be Joe Eszterhas?” and he was the first screenwriter picked as one of the movie industry’s 100 Most Powerful People. Although he is often accused of sexism and misogyny, his wife is his best friend and equal partner. Considered an apostle of sex and violence, he is a churchgoer who believes in the power of prayer. For many years the ultimate symbol of Hollywood excess, he has moved his family to Ohio and immersed himself in the midwestern lifestyle he so values. Controversial, fearless, extremely talented, and totally unpredictable, the author of the bestselling American Rhapsody and National Book Award nominee Charlie Simpson’s Apocalypse has surprised us yet again: he has written a memoir like no other. On one level, Hollywood Animal is a shocking and often devastating look inside the movie business. It intimately explores the concept of fame and gives us a never-before-seen look at the famous. Eszterhas reveals the fights, the deals, the extortions, the backstabbing, and the sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll world that is Hollywood. But there are many more levels to this extraordinary work. It is the story of a street kid who survives a life filled with obstacles and pain…A chronicle of a love affair that is sensual, glorious, and unending…An excruciatingly detailed look at a man facing down the greatest enemy he’s ever fought: the cancer inside him…And perhaps most important, Hollywood Animal is the heartbreaking story of a father and son that defines the concepts of love and betrayal. This is a book that will shock you and make you laugh, anger you and move you to tears. It is pure Joe Eszterhas—a raw, spine-chilling celebration of the human spirit.

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    Hollywood Animal

    5.7 hrs • 1/27/04 • Abridged
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