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The Speed of Sound Audiobook

The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the Talkie Revolution 1926 - 1930

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Publisher's Summary

It was the end of an era. It was a turbulent, colorful, and altogether remarkable period, four short years in which America's most popular industry reinvented itself.

Here is the epic story of the transition from silent films to talkies, that moment when movies were totally transformed and the American public cemented its love affair with Hollywood. As Scott Eyman demonstrates in his fascinating account of this exciting era, it was a time when fortunes, careers, and lives were made and lost, when the American film industry came fully into its own.

In this mixture of cultural and social history that is both scholarly and vastly entertaining, Eyman dispels the myths and gives us the missing chapter in the history of Hollywood, the ribbon of dreams by which America conquered the world.

©1997 Scott Eyman; (P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Eyman captures the tenor and the terror of the times....A fascinating account of what Eyman terms 'the destruction of one great art and the creation of another.'" (Booklist)
"Eyman combines a historian's zeal for detail and context with a storyteller's talent for the perfect illustrative anecdote....A remarkable book that belongs in every film history collection." (Library Journal)
"Eyman is particularly good at conveying the beauty of the fully developed art that was silent cinema....Eyman tells this story with wit and skill, detailing a surprisingly overlooked but crucial period in Hollywood history." - Kirkus Reviews

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    Laura A. Cella NYC. NY 02-25-16
    Laura A. Cella NYC. NY 02-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    What made the experience of listening to The Speed of Sound the most enjoyable?

    I knew very little about early talkies when I began this book. All I knew was that Jolson's The Jazz Singer was the first talkie (and I was wrong about that). This book is full of well-researched details about the revolution that sound brought to film. Mr. Eyman's prose is precise and full of the kind interesting detail that comes from extensive research.


    What other book might you compare The Speed of Sound to and why?

    Most of Mr. Eyman's Hollywood books are similar in topic, extent of research, and curiousity about the film ndustry.


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

    I do not recall this narrator reading any other books I have read. He has a beautiful voice and enunciates clearly. My only complaint is that he mispronounces some Hollywood names (SH-enk for SK-enk and Wang-ger for Wayne-jer). Unfortunately a lot of narrators of Hollywood books do this.


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

    Mute No More


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    Colin Glendale, CA, United States 08-31-11
    Colin Glendale, CA, United States 08-31-11
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    "Better than nothing!"

    This book was a fun read and with a total lack of any film history books available as audio book, it shines. Really enjoyed it and may listen to it again, where else can you here about the early days of Warner Brothers and the history of American Cinema. Great technical facts about early film processes, can't believe they used to sync records to films and thought that was a good idea!

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    Nick Los Angeles, CA, USA 12-18-09
    Nick Los Angeles, CA, USA 12-18-09
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    "Facinating look at an overlooked period in film"

    Fascinating look into a period of film that is all-too-often ignored. Eyman really brings the world to life with lots of memorable characters and anecdotes.

    The narration is great, too.

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    "Narration Ruins The Story"
    What would have made The Speed of Sound better?

    A slower speaker. this is a very interesting story but the narrative is so fast it is impossible to take the detail in.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Far too fast. May be OK for the American market but far too fast for the UK.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's a great story but not for audible with that particular narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Get an English narrator or an American that speaks more slowly. Remember that on audible we only have the voice to narrate the story!

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