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Narrated by Peter Berkrot, an award-winning narrator, but perhaps best known for his feature role as caddy Angie D'Annunzio in Caddyshack.

"This is a tough, sharp history of comedy and competitiveness, of rising stars and brilliant upstarts. Of difficult egos, awful behavior, fragile friendships, bursts of inspiration, and blizzards of cocaine - told by the survivors and shaped by Chris Nashawaty's welcome insight and perspective." (Mark Harris, New York Times best-selling author of Pictures at a Revolution and Five Came Back

Caddyshack is one of the most beloved comedies of all time, a classic snobs vs. slobs story of working-class kids and the white-collar buffoons that make them haul their golf bags in the hot summer sun. It has sex, drugs, and one very memorable candy bar, but the movie we all know and love didn't start out that way, and everyone who made it certainly didn't have the word classic in mind as the cameras were rolling. 

In Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story, film critic for Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty goes behind the scenes of the iconic film, chronicling the rise of comedy's greatest deranged minds as they form The National Lampoon, turn the entertainment industry on its head, and ultimately blow up both a golf course and popular culture as we know it. Caddyshack is at once an eye-opening narrative about one of the most interesting, surreal, and dramatic film productions there's ever been and a rich portrait of the biggest and most revolutionary names in Hollywood. So, it's got that going for it...which is nice. 

©2018 Chris Nashawaty (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Not Really About Caddyshack Until Hour 5

I went into this book expecting it to be about the making of Caddyshack. Something about the title seemed to imply it. What this book is really about is Doug Kenney, a brilliant but damaged mind behind National Lampoon, Animal House, SNL and Caddychack. I get the sense that this book was written to be that book but was changed to declare itself a history of the movie Caddyshack by the publisher.

Kenney's story is very interesting, which is why I gave the story five stars. it's just that I wasn't interested in Kenney's story when I paid for this title. it was a pleasant surprise but I imagine that's not so with some.

Once the book gets to Caddychack, it is as good a telling of that production's history as I have read. I do wish there was more to that section but, then again, this isn't really a book about Caddyshack.

The performance by Caddyshack cast member Peter Berkot (he played Angie Dinunzio, the recipient of Carl's Dalai Lama storytelling) does an admirable job but his impressions of the characters, particularly Bill Murray, were just off enough to throw me off.

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  • Hebern
  • Clinton, NC, United States
  • 07-18-18

Interesting

It was an interesting book about the making of Caddyshack, but if you are only interested in the movie and it's actors the lead up may be a little much. It's probably half way through before it gets to the actual filming of Caddyshack. The majority of the time before that is spent discussing Doug Kenney, the main writer of the movie. That was interesting, but I was more interested in the actors I've seen hundreds of times in the movie and tidbits on what went on with them when the cameras weren't rolling.

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Not Enough Caddyshack

I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if it were all about Caddyshack, but the first half of the book covers, the history of National Lampoon, Animal House and Saturday Night Live, all of which were covered in greater detail in A Stupid And Futile Gesture. The second half of the book is very good but I could have used more of it.

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Needs more Caddyshack, less pre-history

Okay, but spends too much time on the background of the creators. That's been covered.

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fine

Some of the lines are fantastic, but 85% of this has been covered elsewhere. If one is looking for something short and a bit hair-raising vis-a-vis Doug Kenney, you could do worse.

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My Favorite Movie of All Time

Even though I saw the Making of Caddyshack on TV, this book in Audible form gave me the history of National Lampoon, Second City, SNL, and my other favorite movie Animal House. Made me laugh and smile. One of the pleasurable books in many years.

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A MUST for Caddyshack fans!

This book was extremely interesting! I was thrilled to get to learn all about how my favorite movie was made. I’ll probably listen to it again sometime.

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Nothing New to See Here

This was essentially a book about Doug Kenney, which would have been fine but it doesn't break any new ground or offer anything that isn't already available in several great books. Lampoon begets SNL, SNL begets funny movies in the late 70s and early 80s - yawn. I learned more from the making of special on A&E than I did in this book. Oh yeah, the narrator attempting a Carl Spackler impression is cringe-worthy.

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Fantastic!

This book is an absolute must for any fan of CADDYSHACK! Exploring every aspect of the iconic comedy, Nashawatay digs deep to tell us why, when, where, and HOW the greatest comedy of all time came to be!

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There will never be another

I was in high school when Caddyshack was released. I was too young to appreciate the process and the atmosphere in which this classic was created. This trip back in time was extremely enjoyable. I had read/listened to several accounts of the SNL story but was not really aware of the Harvard Lampoon connection. I also enjoyed the glimpses into the cast members and their paths taken to get in the movie.

The performance was just fine, nothing more than a simple reading of the text, which I actually find more desirable in non-fiction. The pace was a little slow for my preference, but that's just me.

If you were around when the movie came out, you'll enjoy this book. If you are somewhat younger, the loose, non-corporate way movies were produced and greenlighted by the studios will be a wonder.