Regular price: $23.95

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

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.

Critic Reviews

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

More from the same

Author

Narrator

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,014
  • 4 Stars
    303
  • 3 Stars
    123
  • 2 Stars
    26
  • 1 Stars
    18

Performance

  • 4.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    728
  • 4 Stars
    215
  • 3 Stars
    73
  • 2 Stars
    19
  • 1 Stars
    5

Story

  • 4.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    771
  • 4 Stars
    173
  • 3 Stars
    53
  • 2 Stars
    23
  • 1 Stars
    9
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Really good, but...

Remember that he is just a teacher, take and leave some of the things he says. Its a great read and will set you on the right path, but this is not the gospel and shouldn't be taken as such. You should listen to Scriptnotes podcast as well, they are actually in the business, not just write about being in it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

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.

51 of 76 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • 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

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Short, Sweet and so so Good

Any additional comments?

You will learn a lot in 6.5 hours. He takes it step by step and you learn how to build characters, write and economize dialogue in your script, and how to build your story around the genre you want to create. He uses examples from big-name classic movies and shows but does not completely rely on them to get his point across. Great guy, great content, great book.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

The Best.<br />

This book was recommended by a good friend of friend of mine, but after reading it I'll have to put Bob in the "great" friend category. Fantastic read. The best for improving your writing craft.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great teaching

This book teaches story writing through stories in a way that makes it fun and entertaining. Whether you want to write a story yourself or just want to figure out why you like some stories more than others, you should listen to this book.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

almost too good.

I've listened to this 5 times in my life and yet I struggle even as I'm writing this review to write a good review well told.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

instructive,precise,dogmatic,humorless,poignant

extremely educational if dry. the author is extremely knowledgable although seemingly inflexible at times. a must read.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

F***ing Mindblowing

I've never been so taken back and humbled about something I thought I knew about. Movies are looking different to me now as I see behind how good ones are written.