Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt audiobook

Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film

By Patton Oswalt
Read by Patton Oswalt

Simon & Schuster Audio
4.12 Hours 1
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The instant New York Times bestseller from author, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, a “heartfelt and hilarious” (USA TODAY) memoir about coming of age as a performer during the late 1990s while obsessively watching classic films at a legendary theater in Los Angeles. “[Oswalt has] a set of synapses like a pinball machine and a prose style to match” (The New York Times). Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakable addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or sex: it was film. After moving to Los Angeles, Oswalt became a huge film buff (or as he calls it, a sprocket fiend), absorbing classics, cult hits, and new releases at the famous New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notion of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of LA’s alternative comedy scene, Silver Screen Fiend chronicles Oswalt’s journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective and a cast of now-notable young comedians supporting him all along the way. “Clever and readable...Oswalt’s encyclopedic knowledge and frothing enthusiasm for films (from sleek noir classics, to gory B movies, to cliché-riddled independents, to big empty blockbusters) is relentlessly present, whirring in the background like a projector” (The Boston Globe). More than a memoir, this is “a love song to the silver screen” (Paste Magazine).

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A New York Times bestseller

The instant New York Times bestseller from author, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, a “heartfelt and hilarious” (USA TODAY) memoir about coming of age as a performer during the late 1990s while obsessively watching classic films at a legendary theater in Los Angeles. “[Oswalt has] a set of synapses like a pinball machine and a prose style to match” (The New York Times).

Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakable addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or sex: it was film. After moving to Los Angeles, Oswalt became a huge film buff (or as he calls it, a sprocket fiend), absorbing classics, cult hits, and new releases at the famous New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notion of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships.

Set in the nascent days of LA’s alternative comedy scene, Silver Screen Fiend chronicles Oswalt’s journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective and a cast of now-notable young comedians supporting him all along the way. “Clever and readable...Oswalt’s encyclopedic knowledge and frothing enthusiasm for films (from sleek noir classics, to gory B movies, to cliché-riddled independents, to big empty blockbusters) is relentlessly present, whirring in the background like a projector” (The Boston Globe). More than a memoir, this is “a love song to the silver screen” (Paste Magazine).

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Vivid and funny.” Entertainment Weekly
“Oswalt’s prose is sparkling…A coming-of middle-age meditation, Oswalt’s homage to films is both hilarious and heartfelt.” USA Today
"[Oswalt has] a set of synapses like a pinball machine and a prose style to match…Oswalt’s writing gives off the hallucinogenic shimmer of the true obsessive, packing all the sharpness and bite of his stand-up.” New York Times
“Oswalt is a great conveyer of his real-life (and reel-life) experiences…great insider stuff.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Clever and readable…Oswalt’s encyclopedic knowledge and frothing enthusiasm for films (from sleek noir classics, to gory B movies, to cliche-riddled independents, to big empty blockbusters) is relentlessly present, whirring in the background like a projector.” Boston Globe
“In a light and breezy tone, he talks about films but frequently breaks off into tangents about himself and his childhood…Oswalt’s passion for films runs deep, and he clues listeners in on a lot of great movies they may not know about.” AudioFile

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Reviews

by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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not what I expected...but better

Patton's first book Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland was a delightful pseudo-memoir of growing up in a small town, clearly different from most in the area (including family) and coming to terms with who you are (which I can relate to). THIS book follows a similar path but pinpoints how an obsession with cinema came to define the man and shape his life-path. I actually related to this one far more. There are oodles of film references that parallel life and much of this book is a metaphor for how important the arts are to the development of humanity. Patton is a great narrator, and since it is his own story it comes off as honest and true. I can't recommend this audio book enough.

Author

Author Bio: Patton Oswalt

Author Bio: Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, and New York Times bestselling author. He has released television specials and critically acclaimed comedy albums, including the Grammy Award-nominated My Weakness Is Strong. He put together the Comedians of Comedy tour and television series and he has held recurring character roles on many television shows. He has appeared in more than twenty films and has worked as a voice actor in King of Queens, Cartoon Network’s Robotomy, and the Disney animated film Ratatouielle.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 4.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English