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2.2 out of 52.2 out of 52.2 out of 52.2 out of 52.2 out of 5 2.20 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Henry Strozier Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781456123307
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“One thing I’ve always liked about Hollywood is its zip, or speed. The whole industry depends to some extent on talent spotting. The hundreds of agents, studio executives, and producers who roam the streets of the city of Los Angeles let very little in the way of talent slip by.”

In this final installment of the memoir trilogy that includes Books and Literary Life, Larry McMurtry, “the master of the show-stopping anecdote” (O, The Oprah Magazine) turns his own keenly observing eye to his rollercoaster romance with Hollywood. As both the creator of numerous works successfully adapted by others for film and television (Terms of EndearmentLonesome Dove, and the Emmy-nominated The Murder of Mary Phagan) and the author of screenplays including The Last Picture Show (with Peter Bogdanovich), Streets of Laredo, and the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain (both with longtime writing partner Diana Ossana), McMurtry has seen all the triumphs and frustrations that Tinseltown has to offer a writer, and he recounts them in a voice unfettered by sentiment and yet tinged with his characteristic wry humor.

Beginning with his sudden entrée into the world of film as the author of Horseman, Pass By—adapted into the Paul Newman–starring Hud in 1963—McMurtry regales readers with anecdotes that find him holding hands with Cybill Shepherd, watching Jennifer Garner’s audition tape, and taking lunch at Chasen’s again and again. McMurtry fans and Hollywood hopefuls alike will find much to cherish in these pages, as McMurtry illuminates life behind the scenes in America’s dream factory.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] delightfully episodic account of [McMurtry’s] long, profitable, and generally rather enjoyable engagement with the movie industry.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Insightful...Underneath the entertaining anecdotes and wry asides, there’s real wisdom here.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Gentle and reflective.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “While the author’s memories are predominantly gentle and reflective, Henry Strozier’s narration is gravelly and somewhat cynical, a style that works well. His direct and warm tone is reassuring and approachable.”


  • “Sharp, interesting, and enjoyable.”


  • “A fast, breezy read with many deliberate digressions and his characteristically sharp observations.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hulananni | 4/3/2011

    " Interesting to me because I was born in Los Angeles, raised in Hollywood, daughter of a cinematographer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 12/9/2010

    " The third and last of McMurtry's dashed off memoirs. Despite the second memoir about his literary career being so weak I thought I'd follow through to the end. This one was marginally better than the second memoir but that is about as faint of praise as you can get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/1/2010

    " If nothing else it gives some insights as to how film makers choose material for their screen plays. As with all of his work this was entertaining but pales in comparison to his first two memoirs.It on;y takes a couple of hours to read so it's worth the time you give to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 10/3/2010

    " Interesting tidbits on writing for Hollywood, but certainly not detailed like his novels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 9/20/2010

    " Dashed-off, rambling, repetitive, unedited, and pointless --- couldn't finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 9/17/2010

    " I like McMurtry's self effacing style. He shares his experiences in Hollywood as a screenwriter and understands the fickle nature of fame. Unfortunately, this sliver of a book only scratches the surface of a fascinating subject. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 9/13/2010

    " I love McMurtry, but this is a disappointment. More of an outline than a book. I finished it in under an hour. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 8/27/2010

    " A very thin third volume of Larry McMurtry's memoirs. Reads as though no editor participated in the preparation. Disappointing to find redundant sentences and even some bad grammar-shortcomings never evident in his novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 8/26/2010

    " Not his best work. Repeptitive and often uninteresting, though there are a few nice tidbits. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Herb | 8/25/2010

    " I didn't much care for this, the third in a trilogy. The first two books "Books" and "Literary Life" were much fun to read, but this one is a clunker. Beware! "

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About the Author
Author Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and avid book collector. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Lonesome Dove, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

About the Narrator

Henry Strozier has appeared in numerous films, including Contact, You Don’t Know Jack, Thirteen Days, and Sex in the City. Also a voice-over artist, he has worked extensively in video games and audiobook narration, where he has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards.