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The Disaster Artist

Narrated by: Greg Sestero
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, World Affairs
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Now a major motion picture, The Disaster Artist, starring James Franco, Alison Brie, Zoey Deutch, Lizzy Caplan, Zac Efron, Bryan Cranston, Dave Franco, Kristen Bell, Seth Rogen, Sharon Stone, and Judd Apatow.

In 2003, an independent film called The Room - starring and written, produced, and directed by a mysteriously wealthy social misfit named Tommy Wiseau - made its disastrous debut in Los Angeles.

Described by one reviewer as 'like getting stabbed in the head', the $6 million film earned a grand total of $1,800 at the box office and closed after two weeks. Over a decade later, The Room is an international cult phenomenon whose legions of fans attend screenings featuring costumes, audience rituals, merchandising, and thousands of plastic spoons.

In The Disaster Artist, Greg Sestero, Tommy's costar, recounts the film's bizarre journey to infamy, explaining how the movie's many nonsensical scenes and bits of dialogue came to be and unravelling the mystery of Tommy Wiseau himself. But more than just a riotously funny story about cinematic hubris, The Disaster Artist is an honest and warm testament to friendship.

©2018 Kelly Pietrangeli (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Clunky writing but fantastic story

If you can get past the amateur feeling of Sestero’s writing then this story is funny, engaging and deeply satisfying.
One of my favourite books in recent times.

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Greg Sestero’s narration nailed it

Through this book Greg Sestero gives us a more closer look to Tommy Wiseau, allows us to see how conflict and disastrous, yet somehow inspiring the man is, and in the process makes us feel sorry about him. Greg is definitely a talented writer, but to my surprise he also did a fantastic job narrating his own book, with his on point imitation of Tommy’s accent. I think he did a better job in that regard than James Franco did. Also reading this book makes me have a hard time seeing the movie version since it lacks a whole lot of details and it seemed so rushed. Moreover, Dave France just missed the whole point of Greg’s attitude towards Tommy.
In general this is the best book I’ve read and listened to for recent years. Well done Greg Sestero.

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The Wiseau Impression is worth it alone!

Greg Sestero does such an amazing reading of his tell-all book. Punctuated by a spot-on Tommy Wiseau Impression, he puts you through the journey, really his journey, in meeting this strange, long haired creature who would one day create such an infamous piece of cinema, and bring him along with it. The book goes back and forth from the early life of Greg chasing his actor dream to being on the set of the film which would one day bring him stardom, which balances it out nicely. He does not answer every question that a normal viewer might get from watching the film, or hell, even the questions from an obsessed fan, as the book would need to be a bible to do that, but it answers and keeps hidden enough things to keep the audience satisfied with the feeling of not knowing. If you wanted to read the book, hearing Greg do the Tommy impression should be enough for you to listen to this instead. Had a great time listening and would highly recommend!

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  • Thomas Guest
  • 06-05-18

A must, whether you've seen the movies or not...

So (with a nod to Ed Wood) The Room is almost certainly the worst film ever released. But behind this car crash is a hilarious, emotive, and surprisingly complex story about delusion, optimism, denial and friendship. I absolutely loved it.

Tommy Wiseau is a strange man of uncertain Eastern European origins (epitomised by his ability to self-fund a $6m movie despite an apparent lack of previous success other fields), but he carries a deep obsession with Hollywood and the American dream. Greg Sestero, the protagonist and narrator, both follows and supports Tommy’s pursuit to become the movie star he always knew he would be. Whilst I listened to this I had to remind myself that this isn’t a spoof, and whilst the laughs come thick and fast it soon becomes apparent the extent to which these two men really needed each other. As a narrator Greg imitates Tommy fantastically well - I don’t think I’ve ever finished a book so quickly. Oh, hi Mark.

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  • grumhelden
  • 08-06-18

what a story mark

the American dream through a twisted mirror. don't let anyone tell you it's impossible. be tommy

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  • Alice
  • 12-18-18

Oh hi Mark!

I went into this book with middling expectations. I knew of the movie The Room and I also knew about the movie of this book staring James Franco, I hoped for something to keep my interest. What I found when listening to this story, was that it was full of intrigue and Tommy was a completely fascinating character, who seemed to have absolute self belief.
I assume that the book was mostly written by Tom Bissell, Greg didn't strike me as the kind of person who would use words like moreover or phrases like 'the film proper', I thought it was well constructed and liked how it told the story of the making of the movie in tandem with the relationship of how Greg and Tommy became friends.
The story starts out quite funny, but I found myself feeling more melancholy as it progressed, this didn't make me want to abandon it for a second.
To me, Greg turned into less of a likeable person as events unfolded, even though I could at points see where he was coming from. His narration of the book was very good and he was excellent at Tommy impressions.
I have since watched the movie of this book and have watched many scenes of The Room on YouTube, I have yet to source a Dvd version of it. I have found myself becoming a little obsessed with it and would definitely recommend this book to someone who enjoys the quirky things in life.

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  • kermit1986
  • 10-18-19

Outstanding! Truly.

I’m yet to see the James Franco movie, and I imagine that will bring many laughs when I get to that...

The Room, is something I only finally watched tore the first time 4 months ago. It succeeded in exceeding all expectations I had for it after hearing its legend through the Internet.

This book however adds so much more to that already incredible piece of art. So many details, so many facts, I feel as though I can picture those days on set as if they were my own memories.

Through this book, the movie, and other things I’ve seen or read online. I’m now as fascinated as Greg himself is too learn more about the man Tommy Wiseau. I hope we get a docuseries someday.

Anyway. Great narration, glad I got this on Audible!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-19

A Great Story

I love everything about this story, the original movie, flawed and bizarre as it is, made me want to find out how and why it was made, and oh am I glad that I spent some time finding out. I've been to screenings of the room in Glasgow, enjoying the audience participation rituals, read the book myself and seen The Disaster Artist movie that the Franco brothers made. That movie was great, but if you want a true feeling of the real true story, I urge you to listen to this audiobook. Greg Sestero brings it to life, no disrespect to James Franco, but you feel like Tommy Wiseau is speaking his lines here, Greg gets his impersonation spot on. A terrific story, and my favourite audiobook so far. 5 stars

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  • nick
  • 07-11-19

Oh! Hi Mark

Just when you think you know all there is to know about the making of The Room this book proves there is almost no limit to the insanity that went on behind the camera and the events leading up it. Greg Sestero also does a spot on Tommy impression which makes this a delight to listen to

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  • Huruey
  • 06-08-19

Was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did

This is far more strange and interesting than I was expecting. Gives a whole new perspective on the movie.

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  • Hayden Robinson
  • 11-16-18

Beautiful, bizarre, hilarious and incredible!

Greg Sestaro perfectly captures the amazing, painful and strange journey of his friend Tommy Wiseau.

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  • Mr Paul Savage
  • 10-30-18

Good but clearly different recording sessions

Good but clearly different recording sessions, but it's good to hear it from the author himself

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  • Sam Serridge
  • 10-28-18

A unique story about a bad film that became iconic

The film missed so many great moments told here by a fantastic Greg Sestero who narrates and does the best Tommy Wiseau impression I've heard to date. It's full of strangeness, humour and not afraid to explore to darker elements. Overall a very touching story on what it was like to make the 'It's so bad it became iconic' film The Room.

When watching The Room with a live audience and a visit from Greg and Tommy themselves at The Prince Charles in London somebody asked Tommy if there is anything he would change about The Room, Tommy replied 'Nothing' and I couldn't agree more.

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  • trpl3
  • 10-11-19

Captivated from start to finish!

Definitely one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I have ever listened too, and that's without seeing 'The Room' first.
Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell did a superb job of crafting this material which is cleverly and expertly read by Greg.
As someone has already stated in a previous review Greg's take on Tommy's voice is worth the ticket alone, (well for me at least).
This serves as a reminder that while Tommy Wiseau may not be the worlds best actor there is no denying he is a curiously fascinating and compellingly magnetic person and this is what truly underscores The Rooms unheralded success.
With Tommy Wisau starring, producing and directing what could go wrong, right?
The book left me wanting more and I do hope there is more coming as Greg has stumbled across a potential goldmine here, not only with this material, but also as a voice actor.

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  • Cathy
  • 06-28-19

Funny but heartfelt too

A heartfelt story that was hilarious to listen to. Worth it for anyone who enjoyed The Room and likes Tommy Wiseau impersonations.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-18

Get to know Tommy Wiseau through Greg Sestero

His Tommy Wiseau impressions alone earn 5 stars! A must for fans of The Room.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-18

Full recommendation

I Thouroughly enjoyed this book on all accounts. Constantly funny and enjoyable storyline yet surprisingly touching and deep. Very well written. It’s the most bizarre story of achieving one’s dreams that I will probably ever know. I just loved it

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  • Robin P Pereira
  • 05-18-18

A great listen and insight

A great listen and insight into the Room and and Tommy Wiseau.
Highly recommended listen.

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  • Michael
  • 05-15-18

Gripping, must be read

What a fantastic journey Greg Seistero has laid out for us. An eye opening view not only on the bizarre and upsetting creation of The Room, but the life of a struggling actor trying to make it in Hollywood. A must read.

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  • TheSolidMidget
  • 02-25-19

What a story Greg.

Wow. Tommy has some issues. I wonder if he'll ever come out of whatever he's in? Greg has been through so much shit with Tommy it's like a toxic non-sexual relationship with manipulation, pain, heartache and guilt trips of cluster fucks.
For a while Greg was Tommys bitch. Ahahaha.

Funny what money can do to people.

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