The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the Talkie Revolution, 1926–1930 Audiobook, by Scott Eyman Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Scott Eyman Narrator: Adams Morgan Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483054599

Publisher Description

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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  • “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.’”

    - Booklist
  • “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

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - James, 7/12/2012
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    " Account of the coming of talkies and what else was going on in Hollywood at the time. Well written and very interesting "

    - Greta, 5/20/2012
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    " 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. "

    - Jenny, 3/2/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Barbara, 4/25/2011
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    " Captures the life of Cecil B. DeMille very well. "

    - Jaime, 1/5/2011
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    " Thought it was very good, very in depth and fair. Enjoyed it. "

    - Jill, 10/27/2010
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    " This is a fascinating account of the movie director's life and career. He was a complicated man, and the author is able to present all his contradictions and let you decide what you think. Although it is clear that the author is sympathetic. "

    - Jim, 9/20/2010

About the Author

Scott Eyman is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers John Wayne and (with actor Robert Wagner), Pieces of My Heart and You Must Remember This. He was formerly the literary critic at the Palm Beach Post and now writes book reviews for the Wall Street Journal and contributes articles for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune.

About the Narrator

Adams Morgan is a theater-trained actor who has appeared in venues around the United States. He has also narrated for National Public Radio and performed radio dramas and historical reenactments. He lives in New York City.