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Steve McQueen: A Biography | [Marc Eliot]

Steve McQueen: A Biography

One of the top box-office draws of the 1960s and '70s with now-classics such as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Bullit, Steve McQueen is renowned as one of the most exciting actors ever to come out of Hollywood. Now, in Steve McQueen: A Biography, best-selling author Marc Eliot gives unique insight into McQueen's life, from his films to his three marriages, many affairs, and struggles with addictions.
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Publisher's Summary

One of the top box-office draws of the 1960s and '70s with now-classics such as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Bullit, Steve McQueen is renowned as one of the most exciting actors ever to come out of Hollywood. Now, in Steve McQueen: A Biography, best-selling author Marc Eliot gives unique insight into McQueen's life, from his films to his three marriages, many affairs, and struggles with addictions. This definitive biography, filled with original research and new interviews, will dazzle fans with its eye-opening portrayal of one of America's most memorable stars.

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What the Critics Say

“As Marc Eliot reminds us, Steve McQueen was just eight weeks older than Clint Eastwood. He might be alive still, as prominent, laconic, and anti-heroic a screen figure as Clint, and maybe even a notable producer and director. Eastwood has won just about every prize there is, and he has made the journey that probably appealed to him the most—from a working-class kid to a movie cowboy to one of the most esteemed figures and authentic stars remaining in American show business. Eastwood is an auteur and a respectable American. McQueen was none of those things…. [Yet] you can’t take your eyes off him. As an actor, he is more compelling and mysterious than Eastwood. “ (David Thomson, The New Republic)

“A fine biography that makes us feel like we know and understand its subject.” (Booklist)

“McQueen’s life and the cultural context Eliot explores make for a good read.” (Library Journal)

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    Robert Rancho Viejo, TX, United States 08-04-12
    Robert Rancho Viejo, TX, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve McQueen to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I really liked the audio version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    of course Steve McQueen. I also have respect for his 1st wife Neilie


    Have you listened to any of Marc Eliot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    1st time for Marc's books


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was very sad at the end of the book. I grew up the 1960's and Steve was definitely the "king of cool" I remember riding my bike and pretending I was "Hilts" in "The Great Escape" on his motorcycle.

    I didn't realize until recently how Steve spiraled downward in the the late 70's most of it by choice.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going through a Steve McQueen binge in my life now . I have bought all his movies and even the tv series "Wanted Dead or Alive" and presently reading a book by his 1st wife Neilie.

    I'm all done with his movie except Junior Bonner which I can't find.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cill Morristown, NJ, United States 10-27-11
    Cill Morristown, NJ, United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2007

    Retired systems analyst; Lover of music, art, travel, technology, birds, Caribbean, scuba; Favorite audiobook genres: mystery, biography, travel, humor, fiction

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    I did not think it was possible to make Steve McQueen boring but in spite of more than adequate writing, the author/narrator does not have an intereting voice. He drones on and you fall asleep fast...I have tried four times to get interested since I love biographies but I can't listen to this one...sorry.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott USA 08-09-12
    Scott USA 08-09-12 Member Since 2006

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve McQueen to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. I listen to biographies more often than I read them. I find listening to non-fiction to be easier than listening to fiction. So maybe it's better than the print version. I would say at least equal to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve McQueen?

    There were a bunch but I mostly remember the more negative aspects of his life and his battle with cancer.


    What three words best describe Marc Eliot’s voice?

    I'll go with one - serviceable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't know. I'm terrible at coming up with tag lines.


    Any additional comments?

    Steve McQueen does not come off good in this audiobook and that’s a bit of an understatement. He seems like a real bastard at certain points in the story. However, I also found it to be a fascinating tale.

    If you like this audiobook check out ‘American Rebel’. Same author and a somewhat similar story – but at one point they diverge dramatically. Whereas Clint Eastwood’s star skyrocketed – though somewhat slowly over time – McQueen’s burned bright but burned out quickly.

    I caught a few mistakes in the narration and the editing but only a few that I could remember and it wasn’t anything that detracted from the narrative. I think Marc Eliot did a good job with the telling of McQueen’s tale but I would rather someone else have narrated the book. He does a serviceable job. It’s not bad in anyway but the listening experience could have been better with a more skilled narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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