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The most successful director in movie history, Steven Spielberg has been responsible for such box-office blockbusters as Jurassic Park, Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the Indiana Jones trilogy. And yet throughout much of his career, Spielberg's work has been undervalued by critics who have questioned his emotional maturity and intellectual seriousness. It was not until he made Schindler's List in 1993 that he was widely recognized as a serious filmmaker.

Until now, much about Steven Spielberg's personality and the forces that shaped it has remained enigmatic, in large part because of his tendency to obscure and mythologize his own past. In this full-scale, in-depth biography, Joseph McBride reveals hidden dimensions of the filmmaker's personality and explains how deeply personal even his most commercial work has been. With the same breadth of research and clarity of insight that characterized his acclaimed biography of Frank Capra, McBride has gone in search of the true Steven Spielberg, interviewing more than 300 of the director's friends and associates, many of whom had never spoken about him before.

©1997 McBride (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Out of date but nevertheless interesting.

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A great read/listen, but the way the narrator's voice changes when he's quoting someone makes whoever he's quoting sound like a whining child. In spite of this the content is very interesting with a generally well-balanced look at Spielberg and his films. Only other problem is that it's out of date and ends around 1997 or so. I would have loved to hear about the making and reception of A.I. at least and any of his more recent work.

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Insights into who Spielberg is

Where does Steven Spielberg rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great., A look into Spielberg history , his childhood and what shaped him

Who was your favorite character and why?

Spielberg's parents.

What about Edward Lewis’s performance did you like?

Interesting tone and pacing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

Great audio book, compelling listen to filmmakers and anyone whose interested in who Spielberg is and some ideas and thoughts on how his process has come together.

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Great story. Awful delivery.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Absolutely. I found the book to be very informative and I have a much deeper appreciation of Spielberg's work after reading it.

What did you like best about this story?

It's very comprehensive. Great details on all of his films and lots of information that I didn't already know.

What didn’t you like about Edward Lewis’s performance?

Wow. I almost stopped thirty minutes in because Edward Lewis was so boring. Admittedly, I just came off Kirby Heyborne's reading on Jim Henson which is the best I've ever heard, but Lewis' narration is so boring and monotone, it made driving and listening very difficult, especially for the first eight hours, before getting into Spielberg's film work. At that point, the material elevated my interested above Lewis' speech and made for a more engaging experience.

Could you see Steven Spielberg being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Nope. There are plenty of other good stories out there and Spielberg is a very deep character.

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Unemotional Sequential Compilation of Events

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Tell more of a story instead of just reciting facts, opinions, and quotes.

What was most disappointing about Joseph McBride’s story?

It was written in a maddeningly unemotional style, seemingly content merely to educate rather than entertain.

Would you be willing to try another one of Edward Lewis’s performances?

Doubtful. He didn't have a lot to work with here but he only added to the mundane presentation of material.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It did educate me about things that occurred during Steven's life but not in an enjoyable way.

Any additional comments?

Someone could easily take all of the material in this book and rewrite in a more colorful way that would make it much more entertaining.

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