I love to listen whenever I am driving or walking the dog. My favourite books are edgy, with suspense and emotion.
I would listen to Story again. McKee speaks volumes of sense about the principles of writing for the big screen. Any writer can benefit from being reminded of these periodically by such an expert as this.
His worldly knowledge of the subject.
informative, insightful, leading
It was a conversational tone, which was like talking to the teacher.....
The audiobook was purchase in addition to the regular book because it was affordable, the book is clear and open as far as the writing technique is concerned. I think it wood be a great addition to any library
Although I have a tremendous amount of respect for author Robert McKee, and own the hardcover and Kindle version of his book Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and The Principles of Screenwriting, I am VERY dissatisfied with the audio book version of his work.
This audio book version of Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting is abridged and only includes five chapters. The print and electronic versions of the book include nineteen chapters.
Considering the cost of this audio book, compared to the cost of the print and electronic editions, I personally feel that if you purchase this title (with only five chapters) you are throwing your money away because it lacks too much valuable content.
This audiobook would have gotten a perfect score had it not been for the fact that it's not the entire book!
Remember that he is just a teacher, take and leave some of the things he says. Its a great read and will set you on the right path, but this is not the gospel and shouldn't be taken as such. You should listen to Scriptnotes podcast as well, they are actually in the business, not just write about being in it.
Good ideas here. Sound quality is good. McKee reads the material himself. I've listened to it a few times and pick up new things with each listen. Highly recommended.
It wasn't a story per se, but I liked how the author moved from the general to the specific, from exploring *why* stories happen to *how* stories happen.
Echoing other writing books, McKee drives home the fact that the human need for an emotional experience and connection is at the center of storytelling.
I thoroughly enjoyed his characterization of the audience as savvy. So many technical aspects of plot and character flow from it. His analysis of one of the final scenes from Chinatown was brilliant.
It made me buy the hardback! I never buy paper!
Highly recommended, for storytellers of any variety.
For a reference book it is tops. McKee is a master screenwriting instructor and historian of the form. I wish more screenwriters would reference his book, maybe we'd get some half way decent movies produced rather than what we are suffering through now. McKee is old school and knows what a good screenplay requires to get the STORY told.
Practical, honest cut to the chase.
Really gave me some tools and tactics to consider in my writing.