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  • The Hollywood Studios: House Style in the Golden Age of the Movies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ethan Mordden
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Hollywood in the years between 1929 and 1948 was a town of moviemaking empires. The great studios were estates of talent: sprawling, dense, diverse. It was the Golden Age of the Movies, and each studio made its distinctive contribution. But how did the studios, "growing up" in the same time and place, develop so differently? What combinations of talents and temperaments gave them their signature styles?

    Eleanor says: "The reader falls quite short of the book"
    "Sneering narration hurts the narrative."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hollywood Studios to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So far, I like the use of background information, in support of assertions made. It gives you something to latch onto. I also like the author's conception of the way the studios related to each other, and of the way the studios produced to classic standards, with a direct regard to their times. The narration is so annoying, though, that I may never complete my grasp of this work, because I may never complete listening.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration is extremely hard to put up with. Every single sentence is turned at the end, as if it were an unflinching expose of one dirty little secret after another. Given what's really being said from sentence to sentence, the narration is completely absurd, and what is really there to be enjoyed is displaced for you -- unless you reject the reading as it happens, to recast the simple sense for yourself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not as yet.


    Any additional comments?

    No, not at this time.

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