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Story Audiobook

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

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Publisher's Summary

Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress, and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese, and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives, and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.

In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing listeners with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.

©1997 Robert McKee; (P)1997, 2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The man speaks, and people start to take furious notes; he is now the undisputed screenwriting king." (Newsday)

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    Vernon JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY, United States 03-12-12
    Vernon JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2016

    Vernon

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    "Interesting"
    If you could sum up Story in three words, what would they be?

    informative, insightful, leading


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

    It was a conversational tone, which was like talking to the teacher.....


    Any additional comments?

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark New York, NY, United States 02-20-12
    Mark New York, NY, United States 02-20-12

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    "A bit of a slog"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The information is fantastic but, Robert McKee's reading voice is a bit of a snooze. I found myself easily distracted like I was in an Earth Science lecture during my freshman year of college.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hans Schtangler USA 06-03-16
    Hans Schtangler USA 06-03-16 Member Since 2016

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    "The Master. Period."

    I've taken the seminar twice in the last 10 years. Read "Story" and worked it's lessons and techniques. This audiobook is indispensable McKee wisdom at your beck and call. It's a tool you use over and over, always finding new knowledge as your craft grows. Like a flathead screwdriver, you'll never stop using it.

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    Drew Allen Florida, USA 05-09-16
    Drew Allen Florida, USA 05-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Warning: Not the full book!"

    It's a pretty good abridged version of the book. Should disclose this in description though.

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    SleepWalker82 04-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A magnificent compendium of principles"

    This is a great work if you have interests in narrative and story. The design, forces and everything that makes a great work of art, as seen through centuries of wisdom.

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    Mr. Zachary Katz Boston, MA USA 03-26-16
    Mr. Zachary Katz Boston, MA USA 03-26-16 Member Since 2015

    Tutor

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    "Just Wonderful"

    A compassionate, deeply thought, deeply felt treatise on the structure of story. Would recommend to anyone - it stands alone as an interesting read - moments of scene analysis are fascinating.

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    Debra Lang 07-20-15
    Debra Lang 07-20-15 Member Since 2007
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    "A rich resource"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Story to be better than the print version?

    For my convenience I own both audio & kindle versions of this book. For me they fill different functions. I don' t think either is better, it's really a matter of the reader's needs & preference. However, I find that the audio version of the book allows more versatility & flexibility than the kindle version. For example, I can listen as I drive or do dishes, an impossibility with any version I'd have to read myself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The generous amount of usable information the author shared.


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

    Hearing the book read by the author Robert McKee, is literally getting the story directly from the source exactly as he intended it should be provided for his audience.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Story?

    I think I will apply the solutions Mr. McKee shared in the section entitled "Problems & Solutions."


    Any additional comments?

    If you are serious about writing, this is a book you'll want among your reference books.

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    Laura 07-05-15
    Laura 07-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The masterful telling of Story"

    This book is not only insightful, but a very entertaining read. It has all the elements of what would be a truly great novel, even though it is dealing with cold hard facts. Any novelist, playwright, or potential screenwriter will benefit from Mr McKee's work. To sum up: my POV (deep breath, sigh of appreciation) "Wow."

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    Mustan North Potomac, MD United States 05-24-15
    Mustan North Potomac, MD United States 05-24-15
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    "Not the whole book."

    This audiobook would have gotten a perfect score had it not been for the fact that it's not the entire book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jacob 05-04-15
    jacob 05-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Really good, but..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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