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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Eyman Narrator: Adams Morgan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It was the end of an era—it was a turbulent, colorful, and altogether remarkable period, four short years in which America’s most popular industry reinvented itself.

Here is the epic story of the transition from silent films to talkies, that moment when movies were totally transformed and the American public cemented its love affair with Hollywood. As Scott Eyman demonstrates in his fascinating account of this exciting era, it was a time when fortunes, careers, and lives were made and lost, and when the American film industry came fully into its own.

In this mixture of cultural and social history that is both scholarly and vastly entertaining, Eyman dispels the myths and gives us the missing chapter in the history of Hollywood—the ribbon of dreams by which America conquered the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anyone with an interest in accurate film history or a desire to know what really happened in the era of the transition to sound would enjoy this book. You ain’t read nothing like it yet.”

    Washington Post

  • “Eyman combines a historian’s zeal for detail and context with a storyteller’s talent for the perfect illustrative anecdote…A remarkable book that belongs in every film history collection.”

    Library Journal

  • “Eyman captures the tenor and the terror of the times…A fascinating account of what Eyman terms ‘the destruction of one great art and the creation of another.’”


  • “Eyman is particularly good at conveying the beauty of the fully developed art that was silent cinema…Eyman tells this story with wit and skill, detailing a surprisingly overlooked but crucial period in Hollywood history.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 7/12/2012

    " Scott Eyman does a masterful job at recounting the cinema's several earlier failed attempts at sound films, and the later, fateful attempt that set an entire indusry on it's ear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Greta | 5/20/2012

    " Account of the coming of talkies and what else was going on in Hollywood at the time. Well written and very interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenny | 3/2/2012

    " An entertaining, facinating, well-written, well researched history of how sound changed the movies forever. A must-read for anyone interested in the history of cinema. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara | 4/25/2011

    " This is a really thorough bio of DeMille and the early film business. I found it really interesting. "

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