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Publisher's Summary

The only Save the Cat! book on audio! This is the unabridged audiobook, which runs six hours and three minutes and includes a PDF of supplementary material. The book is read by MacLeod Andrews and was produced and directed by Arthur G. Insana.

Blake Snyder, author of Save the Cat! and Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies, has delivered the audiobook countless readers and students have clamored for. Inspired by questions from his workshops, lectures, and emails, Blake listened to you and provides new tips, tactics, and techniques to solve your writing problems and create stories that resonate:

  • The seven warning signs that you might have a great idea - or not
  • Two surefire templates for can't-miss loglines
  • The difference between structure and formula
  • The Transformation Machine that allows you to track your hero's growth step by step
  • The five questions to keep your story's spine straight
  • The Five-Point Finale to finish any story
  • The Save the Cat!® Greenlight Checklist that gets to the heart of every development issue
  • The right way to hear notes, deal with problematic producers, and dive in to the rewrite with the right attitude
  • Why and when an agent will appear
  • How to discover the potential for greatness in any story
  • How to avoid panic, doubt, and self-recrimination...and what it takes to succeed and dare to achieve your dreams

Get ready to face trouble like a pro...and strike back!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2009 Estate of Blake Snyder (P)2014 Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 12-10-15

The Thrill of the Creative!

You don't need to be a screenwriter to find Blake Snyder's "Save the Cat! Strikes Back" informative. As a matter of fact, it's downright essential for anyone crafting a meaningful story. I skipped a bit of the formula: the forty scenes, for example, but everything else is golden for a writer of fiction.
You start with getting the essence down with the pitch and the logline, translation: What's your story about so you can hone in on it and not waste time, energy, and scatter your thoughts. Think about the 180 that your hero is going to be doing, first and last scene, how s/he's going to be growing, follow the spine of the story and don't deviate from it.
Blake gives pithy terminology that just sticks with you, and it's so helpful, not to mention thrilling as he's so positive and exciting as he relays the information to you. He really believes and has followed all that he says. It's all structure, but is still so creative, it just makes you want to get out there and write your own story. And it's not about plugging in this piece here, that piece there. It's about developing your character and watching him transform into something different, something brilliant.
The best thing about the book? When you're stuck is when the magic can really happen. Snyder actually made made me relax with what I had been viewing as insurmountable roadblocks. He made me see the fun that can be had with questions; some hard, most simple and off the wall, opening new worlds of thought and possibilities.
MacLeod Andrews narrates this with a lively intensity and much good humor; he's a joy to listen to. He's very familiar with the material, and he reads it as though he wrote it himself. I'm so happy I used a credit on this.
Inspiring!

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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A great addition to my library

Where does Save the Cat! Strikes Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Blake Snyder of course knew his stuff and Macleod Andrews is the man when it comes to the narration. I just hope that the other two books are in production.

Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have and he's top notch with everything that he does. I especially love the reckoning series.

Any additional comments?

This is a great way to learn or be refreshed with the STC method. It continues to surprise me how accurate it is.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Meh

Would you try another book from Blake Snyder and/or MacLeod Andrews?

I love Save the Cat, and this version is helpful too, but not as an audio book. Perhaps it's just me, but books like these really need to be read to get the message across. Lines must he highlighted and gone back to to properly understand.

Any additional comments?

This book in the Save the Cat series is NOT a necessity, as others are.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

Great ending to an awesome series, it is incredibly helpful and inspirational. Loved it. Blake Snyder has once again hit it out of the park.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Perfection

Very easy to listen to and follow along with, and the information in the book is invaluable for anyone hoping to pursue a career as a screenwriter. The tone of the author along with the enthusiasm of the reader made it a very enjoyable listen. Would highly recommend!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A great book and a great performance

Loved it. I'm a screenwriter with a film in the can and there was still plenty to learn here.

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I love it

I feel like not only did I learn specifics, but I was also inspired to never give up.

JOSH ROGERS

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Made for writers

There's lots to digest here, experience from the author and stories of lessons learned along with some good pointers. get writing!

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Blake Did It Again!

This is an amazing review of his first book where he fills in even more gaps. This is a must for any screenwriter.

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Obligatorio para cualquier escritor.

Son increíbles el análisis y las conclusiones a la que llegó Blake Snyder en este libro. Este un clásico absoluto.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-16

Simple steps to make a big difference

More than other books, this one helped me understand which elements in my work I need to sharpen for impact and when certain key events should take place.

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  • ian
  • 05-09-17

The narrator was perfect for Synders words.

Blake Snyder was quite a character, and this narrator had the perfect intonation for his words. It sounded like Christian Slater from Kuffs at times, which made the telling of the story even better.

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  • Nathan_693
  • 03-14-17

inspirational

an excellent follow up to Save the Cat. Even though i don't agree with everything Blake Snyder says, his arguements are sound and his main message, understand your story, is delivered well.

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  • Zara
  • 11-30-16

Blake snyder has got it right.

Would you consider the audio edition of Save the Cat! Strikes Back to be better than the print version?

He has great tips and advice on screenwriting business in general in this second series of save the cat book. The performace of this audio is great. I gave 3 stars because it was too long for the content.

What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Exitment, quirkiness.

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

No