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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.

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

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Fabulous writing tool.

Would you listen to Story again? Why?

I would listen to Story again. McKee speaks volumes of sense about the principles of writing for the big screen. Any writer can benefit from being reminded of these periodically by such an expert as this.

What did you like best about this story?

His worldly knowledge of the subject.

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Only 5 Chapters

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.

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  • Vernon
  • JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY, United States
  • 03-12-12

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

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Must Read for New Screenwriters

The time you invest in reading and studying this book will save you years as a screenwriter this is a must read text or listen to book
Just his advice on what most new screen writers do when they began and the mistakes and get them off the tracks early that end up running into years of frustration are enough

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Great, too bad it's abridged.

This is the classic book on screenwriting and it's an excellent listen. I'd have preferred it to be an unabridged version of the book, though.

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fantastic and evoking!

Enamouring to listen to, and percolate.This book is wonderful for anyone Envying to up their communication as well as screenwriting.

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amazing.

This was amazing. If you are any kind of writer, you need to read this book. period.

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Great book to learn story

The approach used to break down story, scene, beats and flow it's easily digestible and clearly written.

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Must Read (or listen) for All Aspiring and Experienced Writers

While this is meant for screenplay writers, the breakdown on how story works and its importance in our culture is so engaging and informative, i believe that all writers stand to benefit from this book. I felt like I received the keys to success after listening. I bought the literal book as well for reference.

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There is no other

Great exciting and full of ideas book for every filmmaker especially for screenwriters. Golden read.