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History & Criticism

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    As You Wish

    Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    Unabridged

    7 hours 1 min

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes the New York Times bestselling account of the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, ... Read more

    $26.94 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Down and Dirty Pictures

    Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film

    by Peter Biskind ...
    Narrated by Phil Gigante ...

    Unabridged

    23 hours 30 min

    Down and Dirty Pictures chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers and of the twin engines-the Sundance Film Festival and Miramax Films-that have powered them. Peter Biskind profiles the people who took the independent movement from obscurity to the Oscars, most notably Sundance founder Robert Redford and Harvey Weinstein, who with his brother, Bob, made Miramax an indie powerhouse. Candid, ... Read more

    $22.45 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Girl

    Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist

    Narrated by Lisa Flanagan ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 20 min

    With an in-depth look at the two most empowering years in the life of Marilyn Monroe, The Girl details how The Seven Year Itch created an icon and sent the star on an adventure of self-discovery and transformation from a controlled wife and contract player into a businesswoman and unlikely feminist whose power is still felt today.When Marilyn Monroe stepped over a subway grating as The Girl in The ... Read more

    $37.41 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos

    Unabridged

    13 hours 41 min

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWho made the phone call that got HBO to launch the show? What’s the significance of all those eggs? And, what the hell ever happened to the Russian? In Woke Up This Morning, Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa have all the answers – and they’re revealing where all the bodies are buried.Inspired by the incredibly successful Talking Sopranos podcast, The Sopranos stars ... Read more

    $39.49 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Just When You Thought It Was Safe

    A JAWS Companion

    Narrated by Nat Segaloff ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 7 min

    Everything you always wanted to know about the 1975 monster hit movie “Jaws” and the other monsters that swam in its wake. ... Read more

    $22.39 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Lights, Camera, Witchcraft

    A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television

    Narrated by Eva Wilhelm ...

    Unabridged

    14 hours 39 min

    No industry has been as influential at shaping the popular notion of what it means to be a witch quite as much as Hollywood. This book traces the fascinating history of witchcraft and witches in American film and television. From Joan the Woman and The Wizard of Oz to Carrie and Charmed, author and film scholar Heather Greene explores how these films helped influence the public image of the witch ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Killing John Wayne

    The Making of the Conqueror

    Narrated by Peter Berkrot ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 13 min

    Behold the history of a film so scandalous, so outrageous, so explosive it disappeared from print for over a quarter century! A film so dangerous half its cast and crew met their demise bringing it, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes’s final cinematic vision, to life! Starring all-American legend John Wayne in full Fu Manchu make-up as Mongol madman Genghis Khan and sultry seductress Susan ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Camera Lies

    Acting for Hitchcock

    by Dan Callhan ...
    Narrated by George Newbern ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 13 min

    Alfred Hitchcock is said to have once remarked, "Actors are cattle," a line that has stuck in the public consciousness ever since. For Hitchcock, acting was a matter of contrast and counterpoint, valuing subtlety and understatement over flashiness. He felt that the camera was duplicitous, and directed actors to look and act conversely. In The Camera Lies, author Dan Callahan spotlights the many ... Read more

    $29.94 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Silent Film

    A Very Short Introduction

    Narrated by Emily Beresford ...

    Unabridged

    3 hours 47 min

    Encompassing the thirty-five year span between the initial development of film technology in the mid-1890s and the adoption of synchronized sound in the late 1920s, the cinema's silent era is both one of the most important epochs of film history and one of the most misunderstood within the popular imagination. In this brief, engaging account, these formative decades come vividly to life. Covering ... Read more

    $19.45 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Confidential Confidential

    The Inside Story of Hollywood's Notorious Scandal Magazine

    Narrated by Donna Postel ...

    Unabridged

    12 hours 53 min

    In the 1950s, Confidential magazine, America's first celebrity scandal magazine, revealed Hollywood stars' secrets, misdeeds, and transgressions in gritty, unvarnished detail. Deploying a vast network of tipsters to root out scandalous facts about the stars, including their sexual affairs, drug use, and sexuality, publisher Robert Harrison destroyed celebrities' carefully constructed images and ... Read more

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    Movie Nightcap: The Reserve Collection, Vol. 2

    Unabridged

    9 hours 36 min

    Movie Nightcap continues its series of exclusive episodes known as the Reserve Collection. In this high octane follow-up, hosts Jill Tighe, Abe Saffer, and Nate Fisher bring you more antics, more beer, and of course, more movies. For Volume 2, the hosts further explore the world of beer and movies and sit down with artists from both industries. We hope you enjoy this collection of episodes that is ... Read more

    $29.88 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Pride of the Yankees

    Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic

    Narrated by Kevin Stillwell ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 7 min

    "I CONSIDER MYSELF THE LUCKIEST MAN ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH."On July 4, 1939, baseball great Lou Gehrig delivered what has been called "baseball's Gettysburg Address" at Yankee Stadium and gave a speech that included the phrase that would become legendary. He died two years later and his fiery widow, Eleanor, wanted nothing more than to keep his memory alive. With her forceful will, she and the ... Read more

    $37.41 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Transforming Harry

    The Adaptation of Harry Potter in the Transmedia Age

    Narrated by Shaun Grindell, Esther Wane ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 35 min

    Transforming Harry: The Adaptation of Harry Potter in the Transmedia Age is an edited volume of eight essays that look at how the cinematic versions of the seven Harry Potter novels represent an unprecedented cultural event in the history of cinematic adaptation. The movie version of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, premiered in 2001, in between publication of ... Read more

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    The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She Is a Hit in Hollywood

    by Paula Byrne ...
    Narrated by Antonia Beamish ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours 45 min

    A radical look at Jane AustenAs you’ve never seen her – as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. The Genius of Jane Austen celebrates Britain’s favourite novelist 200 years after her death and explores why her books make such awesome movies, time after time.Jane Austen loved the theatre. She learned much of her art from a long tradition of English comic drama and took joyous participation ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Hollywood vs. The Author

    Unabridged

    7 hours 9 min

    It's no secret that authors have a love-hate relationship with Hollywood. The oft-repeated cliché that "the book was better than the movie" holds true for more reasons than the average reader will ever know. When asked about selling their book rights to Hollywood authors like to joke that they drive their manuscripts to the border of Arizona and California and toss them over the fence, driving ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

    How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood

    by Peter Biskind ...
    Narrated by Dick Hill ...

    Unabridged

    23 hours 41 min

    When the low-budget biker movie EASY RIDER shocked Hollywood with its success in 1969, a new Hollywood era was born. This was an age when talented filmmakers such as Scorcese, Coppola, and Spielberg, along with a new breed of actors, including DeNiro, Pacino, and Nicholson, became the powerful figures who would make such modern classics as THE GODFATHER, CHINATOWN, TAXI DRIVER, and JAWS, Easy ... Read more

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    The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy

    You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned

    by William Irwin ...
    Narrated by Joel Richards ...
    series Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture

    Unabridged

    11 hours 28 min

    Does it take faith to be a Jedi? Are droids capable of thought? Should Jar Jar Binks be held responsible for the rise of the Empire? Presenting entirely new essays, no aspect of the myth and magic of George Lucas's creation is left philosophically unexamined in The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy. ● The editors of the original Star Wars and Philosophy strike back in this Ultimate volume that ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Murder and the Movies

    by David Thomson ...
    Narrated by Chris MacDonnell ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 5 min

    How many acts of murder have each of us followed on a screen? What does that say about us? Do we remain law-abiding citizens who wouldn't hurt a fly? Film historian David Thomson, known for wit and subversiveness, leads us into this very delicate subject. While unpacking classics such as Seven, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Strangers on a Train, The Conformist, The Godfather, and The Shining, he ... Read more

    $29.94 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Robert Altman and the Elaboration of Hollywood Storytelling

    by Mark Minett ...
    Narrated by Sean Runnette ...

    Unabridged

    14 hours 14 min

    Robert Altman and the Elaboration of Hollywood Storytelling reveals an Altman barely glimpsed in previous critical accounts of the filmmaker. This re-examination of his seminal work during the "Hollywood Renaissance" or "New Hollywood" period of the early 1970s (including M*A*S*H, Brewster McCloud, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Images, The Long Goodbye, Thieves Like Us, California Split, and Nashville) ... Read more

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    A Companion to the Gangster Film

    Unabridged

    30 hours 15 min

    While gangster films are one of America's most popular genres, gangster movies appear in every film industry across the world. With contributions from an international panel of experts, A Companion to the Gangster Film explores the popularity of gangster films across three major continents: the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The authors acknowledge the gangster genre's popularity and examine the ... Read more

    $52.40 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Miss Aluminium

    ONE OF THE SUNDAY TIMES' 100 BEST SUMMER READS OF 2020

    by Susanna Moore ...
    Narrated by Susanna Moore ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 7 min

    ONE OF THE SUNDAY TIMES' 100 BEST SUMMER READS OF 2020'It's hard to beat Susanna Moore's Miss Aluminium' Vogue'A sharp-edged summery treat' Hadley Freeman'Unlike any Hollywood memoir you'll have read' MetroAt seventeen, Susanna Moore left her home in Hawai'i, with no money, no belongings and no prospects. But in Philadelphia, an unexpected gift of four trunks... ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Wasteland

    The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror

    Narrated by Andrew Eiden ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours 31 min

    Historian and Bram Stoker Award nominee W. Scott Poole traces the confluence of history, technology, and art that gave us modern horror films and literature.In the early twentieth century, World War I was the most devastating event humanity had yet experienced. New machines of war left tens of millions killed or wounded in the most grotesque of ways. The Great War remade the world’s map, created ... Read more

    $34.37 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Trumbo

    A Biography of the Oscar-winning Screenwriter Who Broke the Hollywood Blacklist

    by Bruce Cook ...
    Narrated by Luke Daniels ...

    Unabridged

    14 hours 18 min

    An intimate, essential biography of the man who broke the Hollywood blacklist. A central figure in the Hollywood Ten and one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood history, two of Trumbo's screenplays earned Oscars (Roman Holiday and The Brave Ones) while he was blacklisted and unable to receive public credit for his work. Trumbo was also the author of Johnny Got His Gun, winner of the ... Read more

    $44.91 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Feel Free

    Essays

    by Zadie Smith ...
    Narrated by Nikki Amuka-Bird ...

    Unabridged

    13 hours 53 min

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Feel Free by Zadie Smith, read by Nikki Amuka-Bird.From the MAN BOOKER PRIZE- and WOMEN'S PRIZE-SHORTLISTED author of Changing My Mind and Swing Time - discover a second unmissable collection of essays from Zadie Smith'Generous, courageous, and tough-minded... [A] classic English essayist in the vein of Orwell, Woolf and Angela Carter' Financial Times<... ... Read more

    $22.72 AUD or free with audiobook trial