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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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Wow! Can't imagine a better intro to the subject.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, and I have. You not only learn the concepts and many interesting examples that should help one to improve one's own writing, but the book also gives you the tools to better appreciate the films you see.

What other book might you compare Story to and why?

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Which character – as performed by Robert McKee – was your favorite?

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If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"The movie they said could NEVER be made. Because there's no screenplay!"

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Great book. Gotta get it.

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Short, Sweet and so so Good

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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instructive,precise,dogmatic,humorless,poignant

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

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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.

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Spurred my creative juices again!

Robert McKee’s STORY is an amazing guide for creating compelling stories and intriguing characters. Story is universal so I could apply his teachings to my fiction writing. Highly recommended!

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expert knowledge densely-packed

I've tried reading this in print form several times but wasn't able to finish it. It was wonderful having a audio while I walked

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clear and tangible

Very comprehensive and offered a lot of perspective. The ideas presented here can actually be obsevered in storytelling in any medium.