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Adventures in the Screen Trade

By: William Goldman
Narrated by: Kiff VandenHeuvel
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Publisher's Summary

Now available as an audiobook for the first time!

No one knows the writer's Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the best-selling author of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys and Girls Together, and other novels, Goldman now takes you into Hollywood's inner sanctums...on and behind the scenes for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, and other films...into the plush offices of Hollywood producers...into the working lives of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman, and Hoffman...and into his own professional experiences and creative thought processes in the crafting of screenplays. You get a firsthand look at why and how films get made and what elements make a good screenplay. 

Says columnist Liz Smith, "You'll be fascinated."

©2012 William Goldman (P)2022 Grand Central Publishing

Critic Reviews

"[This] is that big, sad, funny, incisive, revelatory, gossipy, perception-forming book about Hollywood that publishers have been promoting for years - and now the real thing is finally here." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

"A deliciously honest book...Goldman deserves a special Read of the Year award." (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland)

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Writers are writers, but this is pretty accurate

Not entirely without bias, this is probably the most accurate description of Hollywood you'll find.

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Excellent book that’s still relevant.

Love this book. The writing is excellent and conversational, the stories are still just like it is today (despite being 40+ years old), and the narration is perfect.

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Goldman is a master!

I didn’t read this book when it first came out in 1983 but the audiobook really brings it to life. I’m sorry Goldman isn’t around. We could sure use him today. He was part of the Golden Age of film, an age never to return. I wonder what he would think of the current spate of super-hero movies that he would probably categorize as “video game films”?

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Stone cold Hollywood classic with one of the better Narrations you’ll ever hear

Kiff VandenHeuvel putting on an absolute clinic here. Bow down. Goldman’s classic remains one of the best books ever written about Hollywood and if it’s not the best it’s the most funny.

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BEST BOOK ON SCREENWRITING

I first read this in 1990, back when I wanted to be a screenwriter. Reread it several times. It was so inspirational. Thrilled they made an audiobook. The narrator is great. Reminds me a little of Albert Brooks.

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  • 09-11-22

Dated but a fun ride

This was well written, interesting to say the least and overall a fun ride. The material is dated, hover true.

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Laugh out loud hilarious and interesting

Amazing performance of a great book by a screenwriter with a strong sense of humor and a lot of interesting experiences in the movie industry.

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A great read about Hollywood.

I loved this book. Everyone in the media, film or TV business should read it. It is essential and gossipy. The truth about making movies and very entertaining. And the narration is superb.

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Great, Except for the Last 3 Hours!!

A great listen; however, the last three hours are arduous. I loved it until it reached this point.