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.
"The man speaks, and people start to take furious notes; he is now the undisputed screenwriting king." (Newsday)
All writers should at least read/listen to Robert McKee's Story. The 6+ hours were incredibly valuable to me, I've had his tome on my shelf for years, its sheer size continued to put me off. Over the course of a week I was able to polish this off and I'm wishing I had bought the audio version years ago.
McKee is a great narrator which makes the audio book fly by. His understanding of storytelling is masterful and I think most writer will get something from it.
Highly recommend it.
Ignore S. Buck's review that states this is only 5 chapters of the book. It is the entire book in an ABRIDGED version, as the description states. It is just broken up into 5 Audible "chapters" that do not relate to the chapters of the book. Doubtful that this person actually listened to the audiobook.
In any event, it is a good intro to McKee's book, and may encourage you to buy the complete print edition for a fuller experience of McKee's teachings.
An essential read for anyone thinking about writing a screenplay. Filled with very useful advice and specific examples to back up that advice. I have listened to it 3 times.
My only complaint is that the book was not longer. I could have used even more detail.
I found this book to be very helpful. In fact, after I listened to it, I bought it to have handy as a reference. This book can be difficult to listen to as it contains a lot if intricate information that is best absorbed on the page; however, the audio version did its good by introducing me to the book and getting my creative juices going.
My personal opinion is that I highly recommend this book and have heard him lecture many times before. He explains in detail the principles of writing and the importance of structure. This book is good for anyone one who is a movie fan to someone that’s in or interested in the entertainment business, (not just writers, actors, producers, directors, agents, not matter the craft you use or where you studied. This book gives you a great understanding of the process of story and for your average Joe, you will appreciate films much more than you did before with a better understanding of what the author is telling you and better understanding of what the filmmakers, TV producer’s, and even actors did with the story and how they made it happen. He is very funny and he is intriguing to listen to. His former students are amongst the successful writers and others in the industry.
He is in NYC right now and has a seminar this coming weekend. Robert’s last seminar for the next two years in the states this weekend, so if you are interested and can or cannot make it get the book either way. He knows his stuff and its great to see Audible adding books that have real educational/practical/fun value. If you like film, this book or audio book is necessity to have! It is worthwhile and the price is great for the information you get.
McKee's Story has become so popular and influential that it's easy to forget the the author has never sold a screenplay for the sort of blockbuster he claims his approach will help you create. That's not to say he's a hack or a dud, he certainly has experience in the story telling business, but if his magical insights were as spot on as his confidence would have you believe, he would be making a living selling scripts instead of giving lectures on how to write scripts.
That said, I think Story is the sort of book that ALL writers should read at some point. Fiction, non fiction, screenplay, and novel writers will learn some very concrete techniques to add energy to their work.
If you haven't seen the movie Adaptation, it features a fictionalized McKee.
In addition to Story, I recommend "The Hero's Two Journeys" it's another concrete breakdown of what makes a story work (especially in Hollywood) by two guys who DO have all kinds of writing credits.
read the damn book. listen to it if you can't read it. do this and discover a love for your ideas as they come to life before your eyes.
I will be taking Mr. Mckee's lecture in LA in a few weeks and I am really looking forward to it. Now that I have listened to his book in his voice, I am even more excited about the lecture. This audio was excellent. He truly is the world expert in screenplay writing. The concepts and techniques that he mentions in the audio are crisp and exciting and I now feel more prepared, confident and skilled to begin my own screenplay. I am expecting the book soon and will review the concepts and graphs before the lecture, and I will also listen to the audio again, because I think it's worth at least one more listening session.
Although I have a tremendous amount of respect for author Robert McKee, and own the hardcover and Kindle version of his book Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and The Principles of Screenwriting, I am VERY dissatisfied with the audio book version of his work.
This audio book version of Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting is abridged and only includes five chapters. The print and electronic versions of the book include nineteen chapters.
Considering the cost of this audio book, compared to the cost of the print and electronic editions, I personally feel that if you purchase this title (with only five chapters) you are throwing your money away because it lacks too much valuable content.
It is great that Robert Mckee narrates this sensational how-to-REALLY-write-working-screenplays audiobook. I am not just sure it is comprehensive, since I doubt that 6 hours wouldn't fully deal with the 450 pages that are in the book. I have the book as well but have listened to this audiobook already twice since I haven't had thoroughly read the book. Excellent while cycling/commuting to home/work.
As a keen wannabe film-artist, I'd say the STORY itself is the greatest book about the issue I've ever met. Pure facts, great in-depth examples and no-nonsense. This guy so knows what he is talking about. Book 5 stars, audiobook 4.
"Anatomy of Movies"
Great, authoritative audio by the author himself, and superb content - really lets you understand what makes a movie tick.
The McKee book and his style are complex. I believe it is a right choice for professionals not beginners or even intermediate level. So much to think about and so many technics to apply.
I read it twice and every-time i rewinded it few times, still feels like i am listening for first time.
There's only one thing to really say; if you write fiction, and are willing to work to do it better, read Story.
"Leads me to wonder why 80% of movie's were made."
I enjoyed it but has me now over analysing my work. Not good. Thank you.
"Top notch instruction manual."
not the first book on the subject I've purchased. does not disappoint goes through everything you'll need to begin writing your first stories.
Heard about this book so many times, and for good reason - Robert McKee made me consider many things I had not even thought of. A much needed education!
"A must-listen for writers of all hues"
The narration and the content. I have listened to the entire book several times over the past few months and I found every word and every sentence worth committing to memory.
I am not sure I know of another audio book quite like this one that distills the essence of story writing in such an enjoyable and educative manner. However, I have read other writing self-help books but they don't come anywhere near this one.
Unfortunately, so far I haven't found any others.
Absolutely. I actually almost did.
The book is a vault of information for aspiring writers about the elements of a story and techniques of story writing with detailed examples taken from well known and memorable films like Casablanca and Kramer vs Kramer. The part where Mckee describes a Casablanca scene beat by beat is worth committing to memory as an example of to write a tight scene.
"Do your homework, Mckee"
The advice is pretty solid but it's undercut when he consistently misquotes movies and pronounces "Corleone" as "Colerone"
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.