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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (434 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald Spoto Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The story of the man who changed people’s relationships with their showers forever, thanks to Psycho, this is the classic, Edgar Award–winning biography of the enigmatic and intensely private Alfred Hitchcock. One of America’s greatest film directors, his suspenseful subject matter ranged from the dark drama of a man possibly trying to kill his wife, to the humorous problem of disposing of a body, to the ecological underpinnings of an attack by fowl fiends in a sleepy harbor town. Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the roots of Hitchcock’s obsessions—with food, murder, and idealized love, among others—and traces the origins of his incomparable, bizarre genius, from his childhood and education to the golden years of his career. Based on interviews with his writers, actors, and longtime associates, and on exhaustive research, The Dark Side of Genius is the definitive biography of Alfred Hitchcock.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The finest book about a filmmaker yet. Sensational in its revelations; at the same time, a biography of unassailable integrity. I could not put it down.”

    Gregory Peck 

  • “Absolutely compulsory reading.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A vivid and perceptive portrait…Knowledgeable and revealing.”


  • “With unblinking objectivity and insight, Spoto sets a balanced account of a man who shaped his fears and repressions into a powerful and popular art.”


  • “Ranks with the best literary and political lives.”

    Observer (London)

  •  “An exemplary piece of cinema scholarship.”

    Washington Post

  • “A real page-turner, and as complete a picture as we are likely to get.”


  • Winner of the 1984 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best critical or biographical work.

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vania Melamed | 2/19/2014

    " The original M. Night Shayamalan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark | 2/15/2014

    " As engrossing as one of Hitchcock's movies, I loved this book. Not only is it an illuminating pyschological portait, but also an in depth look at this technique, his obsessions, his art and his world. I not only learned about his films but about film in general, film as art and film in a historical and cultural context. Those juicy enough to be thought speculative, its as well documented and researched as it possiibly can be. I'd heard this was a contreversial take on Hitchcock but I would imagine that's because it's at odds with the image of the reticent gentlemen he so often presented. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bea | 2/8/2014

    " Audiobook. How much can you really extrapololate from the films to the man? I found a lot of the prose in this biography unnecessarily mean-spirited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by L | 2/6/2014

    " Very interesting, especially if you have just recently seen some of his films. "

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