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Dialogue Audiobook

Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen

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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited follow-up to the perennially best-selling 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 singular 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Robert McKee (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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    Josiah 12-05-16
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    "The Class you Wish you took in Writing"

    I learned more about storytelling, dialogue, and characterization from this audiobook than any writing course I have taken.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Versh 08-09-16
    Versh 08-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Concise and Full filling"

    McKee hits all the angles with wit and insight, this book is a course that doesn't waste time. There's a tremendous amount of clarity, especially illustrative with fully acted examples. A must - read for all writers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Semyon 07-19-16
    Semyon 07-19-16
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    "An impressive follow-up to McKee's book Story"

    The book will help you better understand the craft. It inspires to take a deeper look at our own work and work of others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Jason Modesto, CA, United States 01-29-17
    J. Jason Modesto, CA, United States 01-29-17 Member Since 2011

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    "HOLY COW!"

    I love "Story," McKee's book from 20 years ago. Of my 19 books on writing, this is in the top 3. I've listened to it over a dozen times to glean every ounce of wisdom I could from it. But I still had a few questions. I didn't catch the complete sense of every passage.

    This new book, "Dialogue," is now my number one writing book with a bullet. First of all it cleared up those nagging mysteries from "Story." But that was just the beginning. It delves into the art of storytelling past the mechanicals and reveals the secrets of its heart.

    One listening (and only the first of many) has transformed my writing of dialogue and my concept of story.

    If you're a writer with any concerns that your writing isn't the best it could possibly be, do yourself a favor. Give "Dialogue" a listen.

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    JWBear 11-17-16
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    "Every Writer's Need"

    Clear, direct, and concise. This is a book every writer should read and have in their personal library. Listening gave an added depth to the book. Overall, simply one of the best and most helpful books on the writing craft I've read.

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    Amazon Customer Texas, USA 10-24-16
    Amazon Customer Texas, USA 10-24-16 Member Since 2014

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    "The Best Book on Writing I have ever read."

    Engrossing filled with detail beats, dialogue, scenes, positive emotional dialogue and negative to make beats, ending with a scene. Subscript, hidden in the dialogue to make the scene and story real and emotional to the audiance/reader. I've read it twice and will read it again soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    manuspeter Panorama City, CA, United States 07-12-16
    manuspeter Panorama City, CA, United States 07-12-16 Member Since 2016

    I direct TV commercials.

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    ""Dialogue" is "Audible!""
    If you could sum up Dialogue in three words, what would they be?

    Highly practical stuff.


    What other book might you compare Dialogue to and why?

    I would say "The Art of Dramatic Writing," because Dialogue by McKee talks about core concepts of drama in simple ways.


    What does Robert McKee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Authority.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    "Every text condenses a subtext!" Just brilliant!


    Any additional comments?

    As a working TVC director, I immediately put Mckee's advice into use. It is very practical. I'm going to listen a second time now...it's so good!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis Smith Anacortes, WA USA 03-04-17
    Curtis Smith Anacortes, WA USA 03-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not suited for audio"
    What did you like best about Dialogue? What did you like least?

    Books like this should be read, so that confusing sections can be reread. Audio just doesn't work for something to be studied.


    Would you recommend Dialogue to your friends? Why or why not?

    Nope, unless they want a headache before being put to sleep.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert McKee’s performances?

    McKee is a good writer, but as a recorded voice, he's dull and uninteresting. I really do hate to state that as I do like his books, they are very informative.


    Did Dialogue inspire you to do anything?

    Delete the download.


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    Marco Santiago Jr. Phoenix, AZ USA 02-02-17
    Marco Santiago Jr. Phoenix, AZ USA 02-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great follow up to Story!!"

    I Robert's first book years ago. That book affected me profoundly. With his follow ip book, Dialogue, he goes deeper, and I found myself taking my writing and story analysis abilities to the next level.

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    "Masterful"

    A book you'd want to read again every few months. A must for any writer.

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