The Speed of Sound

  • by Scott Eyman
  • Narrated by Adams Morgan
  • 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, 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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What the Critics Say

"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 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 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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Narration Ruins The Story

What would have made The Speed of Sound better?

A slower speaker. this is a very interesting story but the narrative is so fast it is impossible to take the detail in.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Far too fast. May be OK for the American market but far too fast for the UK.


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's a great story but not for audible with that particular narrator.


Any additional comments?

Get an English narrator or an American that speaks more slowly. Remember that on audible we only have the voice to narrate the story!

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- Ovekat

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-04-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.