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  • The Hero's 2 Journeys

  • By: Michael Hauge, Christopher Vogler
  • Narrated by: Michael Hauge, Christopher Vogler
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

Make your story the best it can be on two levels. Hear each superstar teacher present his unique approach to story telling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this.

  • By Jane on 06-17-12

Worth Listening for an introduction to writing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-11

I give this a 2-star rating based on a parochial level of story analysis that can be found in any screenwriting basic-structure how-to manual. That being said, you do need to start somewhere and this could be helpful, but it is limited in examples and expanded explanations of approach, theory, and context. It also loses a star because the audio quality is almost unbearable, very poorly recorded. Vogler and Hauge are great at what they do, though.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Way Hollywood Tells It

  • Story and Style in Modern Movies
  • By: David Bordwell
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

David Bordwell argues that the principles of visual storytelling created in the studio era are alive and well, even in today's bloated blockbusters. American filmmakers have created a durable tradition - one that we should not be ashamed to call artistic, and one that survives in both mainstream entertainment and niche-marketed indie cinema. Bordwell traces the continuity of this tradition in a wide array of films made since 1960.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well-rounded analysis of story, then and now.

  • By Evan on 02-11-11

A well-rounded analysis of story, then and now.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-11

David Bordwell brings to the surface two very valuable aspects throughout the course of his analysis of storytelling in films, both past and present (among many other storytelling techniques). 1. A breakdown of the other books on screenwriting and structure, the good, the bad, the valuable. 2. A breakdown of both great movies and bad movies and WHY, in the context of the time period and conditions they were made and the approach of the writers.
Bordwell sites an impressive number of films to accompany his academic analysis of story AND how (the directors, too) tell their stories.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful