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On January 10, 1999, a mobster walked into a psychiatrist's office and changed TV history. By shattering preconceptions about the kinds of stories the medium should tell, The Sopranos launched our current age of prestige television, paving the way for such giants as Mad Men, The Wire, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones

As TV critics for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, New Jersey's Star-Ledger, Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz were among the first to write about the series before it became a cultural phenomenon. 

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show's debut, Sepinwall and Seitz have reunited to produce The Sopranos Sessions, a collection of recaps, conversations, and critical essays covering every episode. Featuring a series of new long-form interviews with series creator David Chase, as well as selections from the authors' archival writing on the series, The Sopranos Sessions explores the show's artistry, themes, and legacy, examining its portrayal of Italian Americans, its graphic depictions of violence, and its deep connections to other cinematic and television classics. 

Contains mature themes.

©2019 Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall (P)2020 Tantor

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A must-have for Sopranos fans

Even if fans may disagree with the author's takes on certain eps, I feel this is a book every Sopranos fan should own. A great history of the show, overview of all eps, and more features. Excellent narration as well.

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Brilliant!

Excellent, gets better as it progresses. The synopsis of each episode is sometimes brief but there is a wealth of information and insight. The conversations in the second half of the book are very enjoyable and make you feel like you’re listening to “water cooler” conversations with the occasional “aha” moment of clarity for listeners who may have missed subtle clues!

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Comprehensive, informative yet totally unnecessary

There was obviously a lot of work and care put into this book, but in the end it just seems lacking. For hardcore fans, there is very little new presented in the way of motivation or subtext. And a newcomer would almost certainly be overwhelmed by the bombardment of names, relations and action. The majority of the book is little more than the synopses of each episode the show. The analysis of subtext, allusion and parallel action ranges from, at times, a bit speculative, but mostly resides in the fairly obvious. (Unless one would be surprised that Tony's lament that "she was a beautiful innocent creature", was a double entendre, referencing both Pie-O-My and Tracee.) The David Chase interviews are slightly more engaging. Hearing from the creator, and his motivations is interesting in technical and logistical trivia, but ultimately doesn't provide much insight. Nor should it, as the intent for any artist is to have the audience interpret as they will. The one shortcoming of the interview sessions was the need for the narrator to indicate the initial, M, A or D, for the speaker. I think the context could have been enough to make that clear. All in all, though, as a fan of the show, it was a nice ride down memory lane, but frankly, a rewatch of the series would be more fulfilling.

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Excellent!!

I did not watch the Sopranos during its initial run on HBO.
After catching a few episodes while my daughter binge watched the series at the beginning of the pandemic, I decided to start from the beginning and watch for myself. Well I can't tell you how many times I have rewatched the Sopranos from beginning to end since March 2020. For me, this book helped me to understand characters that I have come to loathe and love at the same time. I also have new insight into the people and power behind the characters. Thank you to all involved in the writing of this book and the creation of what I consider one of the greatest shows ever!!

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Narrator should do EVERY book

This gentleman does not hesitate to pronounce every name and word CORRECTLY. There are narrators here (looking at you, Jake Gyllenhall, who can barely pronounce English.

Mr. Barrett, I salute you.

Bool is good, too.

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Closure

I'll be one to say i've always loved the show from start to finish. i now have a new found perspective on the finale.

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  • 04-17-20

An essential listen for Sopranos fans.

An essential listen for Sopranos fans. It's like listening to an epic podcast, rich in detail.

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  • 03-31-20

Who chooses these narrators?!

Excellent detail but I gave up after 3 hours to buy the paper book, narrator is genuinely unbearable!

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  • 02-08-21

addictive like the show!

great insight into an extraordinary show. I really enjoyed the layout and input from David Chase