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Dialogue Audiobook

Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen

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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited follow-up to the perennially best-selling writers' guide Story, from the most sought-after expert in the art of storytelling.

Robert McKee's popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation. The list of alumni with Oscars runs off the page. The cornerstone of his program is his singular book, Story, which has defined how we talk about the art of story creation.

Now, in Dialogue, McKee offers the same in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue.

Dialogue applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech. Famous McKee alumni include Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Haggis, the writing team for Pixar, and many others.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Robert McKee (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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    Josiah 12-05-16
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    "The Class you Wish you took in Writing"

    I learned more about storytelling, dialogue, and characterization from this audiobook than any writing course I have taken.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lifting Lady 04-12-17
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    "For beginning writers."

    Repetitive. Recommend Sol Stein's books that are helpful for the beginner and pro alike. Tends to tie himself in verbose knots.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JWBear 11-17-16
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    "Every Writer's Need"

    Clear, direct, and concise. This is a book every writer should read and have in their personal library. Listening gave an added depth to the book. Overall, simply one of the best and most helpful books on the writing craft I've read.

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    Semyon 07-19-16
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    "An impressive follow-up to McKee's book Story"

    The book will help you better understand the craft. It inspires to take a deeper look at our own work and work of others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Versh 08-09-16
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    "Concise and Full filling"

    McKee hits all the angles with wit and insight, this book is a course that doesn't waste time. There's a tremendous amount of clarity, especially illustrative with fully acted examples. A must - read for all writers.

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    Doug S. 06-30-17
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    "This book is a mess"

    Ok, I can push past the erudite pontification and nickel words, but there's one thing missing in this dissection of dialogue on the molecular level: practiced organization. If I'm writing a novel, I really don't give a damn about state dialogue. But McKee insists on coursing back and forth between media while defining in great detail his own dialect. Yes, there's no doubt his observations are interesting, but the constant whipsaw from stage to screen to novel just plain confused the hell out of me.

    There's this thing that books have called chapters. Couldn't you segregate your discussions to topic that are of particular interest to the listener?

    Perhaps if I listen a dozen more times most of his stylized vernacular might begin to sink in in a practical way. Not sure I have that kind of patience.

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    Kindle Customer Anacortes, WA USA 03-04-17
    Kindle Customer Anacortes, WA USA 03-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not suited for audio"
    What did you like best about Dialogue? What did you like least?

    Books like this should be read, so that confusing sections can be reread. Audio just doesn't work for something to be studied.


    Would you recommend Dialogue to your friends? Why or why not?

    Nope, unless they want a headache before being put to sleep.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert McKee’s performances?

    McKee is a good writer, but as a recorded voice, he's dull and uninteresting. I really do hate to state that as I do like his books, they are very informative.


    Did Dialogue inspire you to do anything?

    Delete the download.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Texas, USA 10-24-16
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    "The Best Book on Writing I have ever read."

    Engrossing filled with detail beats, dialogue, scenes, positive emotional dialogue and negative to make beats, ending with a scene. Subscript, hidden in the dialogue to make the scene and story real and emotional to the audiance/reader. I've read it twice and will read it again soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    manuspeter Panorama City, CA, United States 07-12-16
    manuspeter Panorama City, CA, United States 07-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    ""Dialogue" is "Audible!""
    If you could sum up Dialogue in three words, what would they be?

    Highly practical stuff.


    What other book might you compare Dialogue to and why?

    I would say "The Art of Dramatic Writing," because Dialogue by McKee talks about core concepts of drama in simple ways.


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

    Authority.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    "Every text condenses a subtext!" Just brilliant!


    Any additional comments?

    As a working TVC director, I immediately put Mckee's advice into use. It is very practical. I'm going to listen a second time now...it's so good!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CXEC 09-06-17
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    "A wealth of content"

    Just finished - there is so much information that on the second read through I'll need to sit down and take notes. This book was recommended by the guys on The Self Publishing Podcast and I am happy I took them up on their suggestion. This book is excellent for beginning writers and will also double as a fabulous reference text. Writing dialogue is tough and this is a great resource.

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