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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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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.

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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 (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.

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What you need to know

Concise discipline for good screenwriting, no guarantee you'll succeed but education hit not to fail.

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Informative... But

The book was informative. I learned a decent amount but found the listening part to be rather boring.

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As good as it is popular.

I’ve been meaning to take a look at this book for about a year now as it keeps popping up everywhere I go to look for information on screenwriting. I’m really very glad to have had it read to me by the author himself. The book offers some really helpful insights not only into screenwriting but storytelling as a whole. Expect to be fascinated by all the nuts and bolts that go into the construct of a good story. My favourite part of the book is the final chapter as it, in a way, sums up what good storytelling is like, and I so absolutely digg! I give it 4/5 only because I haven’t read many of the stories (or seen the movies) mentioned in the book which are then deconstructed and analysed in order to give us an example of what good plots are like and that I could not relate much. Even then this book is a must-read for anybody who has been wanting to demystify good storytelling and I’m absolutely sure you will give it 5 stars when you do!

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Great narrating, to the point, and easy to follow

Great narrating with clarity, to the point, and easy to follow. However, I would like to be able to skip from section to section in smaller time increments rather than having to scroll through an hour long track. Overall, I appreciated the audiobook.