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andy

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  • Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brett Martin
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (206)

    In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows, first on premium-cable channels like HBO and then basic-cable networks like FX and AMC, dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. No longer necessarily concerned with creating always-likable characters, plots that wrapped up neatly every episode, or subjects that were deemed safe and appropriate, shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, and more tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality....

    Kali says: "Praise TV's third golden age!"
    "Don't get this for Vince Gilligan/Breaking Bad"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Brett Martin and/or Keith Szarabajka?

    The author has good writing, and the narrator is pleasant to listen to. He (the narrator) has a blue-collar no-nonsense type of narration that applies well to the subject matter.

    What I did not like was the misleading description and cover, you see a photo of Walter White and of Tony Soprano, leading you to assume that the book would cover both characters in-depth.

    While fans of Tony Soprano will get a lot of insight into his character development and the mindset of The Sopranos creator David Chase, you don't get anywhere the same amount of detail in Breaking Bad and Vince Gilligan.

    The book spends almost half its length discussing David Chase and The Sopranos, the other half on David Simon and The Wire. In comparison, Breaking Bad and Vince Gilligan receive only ~30 minutes of coverage total.


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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