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Publisher's Summary

An epic debut novel about a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his first film - from critically acclaimed short story writer Owen King - for listeners of Joshua Ferris, Sam Lipsyte, and Chad Harbach.

Filmmaker Sam Dolan has a difficult relationship with his father, B-movie actor Booth Dolan - a boisterous, opinionated, lying lothario whose screen legacy falls somewhere between cult hero and pathetic. Allie, Sam’s dearly departed mother, was a woman whose only fault, in Sam’s eyes, was her eternal affection for his father. Also included in the cast of indelible characters: a precocious, frequently violent half-sister; a conspiracy-theorist second wife; an Internet-famous roommate; a family friend and contractor who can’t stop expanding his house; a happy-go-lucky college girlfriend and her husband, a retired Yankees catcher; the morose producer of a true crime show; and a slouching indie film legend. Not to mention a tragic sex monster.

Unraveling the tumultuous, decades-spanning story of the Dolan family’s friends, lovers, and adversaries, Double Feature is about letting go of everything - regret, resentment, ambition, dignity, moving pictures, the dead - and taking it again from the top. Combining propulsive storytelling and mordant wit against the backdrop of indie filmmaking, Double Feature brims with a deep understanding of the trials of ambition and art, of relationships and life, and of our attempts to survive it all.

©2013 Owen King (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Snoozefest

Unless you’re a film buff(like you want to make your own movies), you’re probably not going to like this book. The book is well-written to be sure, but why read it? It feels like it goes on forever. I’m falling asleep as I write this. Just save your credit and get another Stephen King. It’s unlikely you’ve read them all.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Fred
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 07-31-18

I can't take it anymore. This is terrible.

I wish I knew why I selected this.book. I.like longer books and this.is over 16 hours. I just finished over 8 hours.and I just don't get.it I worked in the film industry as a soundman in the 1970s . So it's not the jargon that is in the way. I.just hate this book. This.is.the first book.in.over.10 years of listening.on Audible that.I ever stopped reading halfway through.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • daniel
  • Lafayette, IN, United States
  • 09-03-18

snoozer

had to stop listening, i kept falling asleep. After 6 hrs there was still no point to the story . Dads shoez are about size 10.. Owens are around a size 7

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Gypsy
  • SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States
  • 04-20-18

Just not for me

What would have made Double Feature better?

I was confused throughout and kept losing interest.
No desire to try again.

What do you think your next listen will be?

No idea.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Holter Graham?

I don't think so.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Double Feature?

I don't mind the narrator.

Any additional comments?

No

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Convoluted

This was quite a story but the winding tale was just too convoluted for my taste.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Worst book ever! Well maybe.

I am a huge Stephen King fan so I thought I would try this book by Owen King. I read several reviews that compared Owen as having the same talent as his father. I really wanted to like Owen's writings when starting this book. After struggling through nine hours of the worst trash ever I ran the play speed up to 1.5 to get to the "good stuff". There was no good stuff in Double Feature. There was no "ok" stuff in Double Feature.

Here is my synopsis of the book;
Blah, blah, blah, blah, Daddy issues. Blah, blah, blah, blah, sex. Blah, blah, blah, blah, more daddy issues, and more sex .Blah, blah, blah, blah, and more blah, blah, blah, blah, followed by Republican bashing. Blah, blah, blah, blah, more sex and more blah, blah, blah, blah. Then more daddy issues and more blah, blah, blah, blah.

Does that sound good to you? I think what I wrote was more entertaining than Double Feature. For one thing it's not 16 hours long, and another there is less blah, blah, blah in my review.

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • RF
  • 02-11-15

Meh.

Would you try another book from Owen King and/or Holter Graham?

Owen King: no. Holter Graham: sure.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Confusion. (Why? see additional comments)

Any additional comments?

I had heard both King's father and brother (Stephen, Joe Hill) say this was a hilarious novel. I love the works of both Stephen King and Joe Hill, so their opinions carried a certain weight. However I don't know what was supposed to be 'hilarious' about this novel. Maybe it was how Owen King was playing up the whole B movie cliches, I don't know. The satyr was kinda funny. I, I, just don't know. The story was fine, but it didn't do much for me. The narration is good. That's about it.

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never figured out where it was going

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

don't know of anyone

Has Double Feature turned you off from other books in this genre?

not yet, hope to see Owen evolve better

What three words best describe Holter Graham’s voice?

Voice was very adequate.

Any additional comments?

Owen's dad is one of my 2 favorite authors, I hope to see Owen grow into the story teller his dad is. Very big shoes to fit into.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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12 Hours to long

Would you try another book from Owen King and/or Holter Graham?

Holter Graham yes,yes yes. minimized the pain of a disjoined short story,better luck next time

Would you ever listen to anything by Owen King again?

maybe

What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

hope

What character would you cut from Double Feature?

9 hours .

Any additional comments?

hung in all the way, then hung myself.

15 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Interesting

I suppose I was expecting more from Owen King. I may try him again, but this was not a very good read for me.

8 of 14 people found this review helpful