• Full Metal Jacket Diary

  • By: Matthew Modine
  • Narrated by: Matthew Modine
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 16-12-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Beacon Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (5 ratings)


In 1985, Stanley Kubrick encouraged Matthew Modine to keep a journal and take photographs while playing the lead role of Pvt. Joker - a combat correspondent - on the set of his Vietnam War film, Full Metal Jacket. In 2005, Modine published a limited edition book of his diary and photos which later became an interactive experience for the iPad. Now, with the Full Metal Jacket Diary audiobook, fans can listen to Modine as he performs his diary with sound effects and original music. This deeply immersive, first-hand account reveals what it was like to work with Stanley Kubrick, one of cinema's most enigmatic filmmakers.
©2005 Matthew Modine (P)2014 Beacon Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By MR L HARRIS on 10-03-18

Great Insights ....

Into the mind of a master filmmaker and a must for Kubrick obsessives ( like me )

‘Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see’

Arthur Schopenhauer

Stanley fell firmly into the latter.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 19-09-17

Full Strait Jacket

Loved this one. Filled with rigorous filmmaking insights from the narrator himself. A Kubrickian treat.

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5 out of 5 stars
By alexdf on 30-01-16


Matthew Modine's voice takes you on a personal journey through his struggle to become Private Joker, the difficulties and joys that accompanied his experience on and off the film set, while he shares some interesting reflections on war, politics, love, kubrick, fatherhood and, ultimately, life. Loved it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Aaron on 01-02-18

Fascinating Behind the Scenes Look

As a film critic, I have always been interested in evaluating how a movie makes me feel and how it compares to others. This journal, for the first time, has made me absolutely fascinated in the filmmaking process. That is, the way in which special effects are handled, the way scenes evolve and take shape over the course of a shoot, and the way actors/directors/crew interact when the cameras are not rolling.

This account of the history of FULL METAL JACKET also increased my reverence for Stanley Kubrick's talent (and convinced me that he was definitely a bit of a jerk, albeit a genius one, too). The film is a masterpiece and one of my favorites of all-time and learning about the details of how it was made gave me a lot of joy. This is a must-read for fans of the director or this film, and I will be eagerly seeking out stories like this about other favorite films of my own.

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