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Books about Film and TV

If you're getting square eyes from too much Netflix, you can indulge your love of TV by reading about it instead.

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Generation Friends

An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era

By Saul Austerlitz
Narrated by: Barrett Leddy
Length: 10 hours 48 minutes

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Friends, published for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the show's premiere. Howyoudoin’?

In September 1994, six friends sat down in their favorite coffee shop and began bantering about sex, relationships, jobs, and just about everything else. A quarter of a century later, new fans are still finding their... Read more »
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The Office

The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History

By Andy Greene
Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer, Holter Graham, P.J. Ochlan, Oliver Wyman, Ari Fliakos, Fred Berman, Brittany Pressley, Jonathan Davis, Sean Runnette, Sullivan Jones, Obi Abili, Josh Cohen & Various
Length: 14 hours 19 minutes


The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors

When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael, and the rest of Dunder Mifflin? It might have been back in 2013, when the series finale aired . . .... Read more »
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Love, Unscripted

A Novel

By Owen Nicholls
Narrated by: Christian Coulson
Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

“Nostalgic, tender, and achingly cool.”—Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December

A film-obsessed romantic rewrites the script to understand why his “picture-perfect” love story crashed and burned in this wonderfully clever debut.

Ellie had the quizzical eyebrows of Broadcast News–era Holly Hunter and the neon-red... Read more »
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Would Like to Meet

By Rachel Winters
Narrated by: Laura Hobson
Length: 10 hours 13 minutes

Can you fall in love like they do in the movies?

It's Evie Summers's job to find out. Because if she can't convince her film agency's biggest client, Ezra Chester, to write the romantic-comedy screenplay he owes producers, her career will be over. The catch? He thinks rom-coms are unrealistic--and he'll only put pen to paper if Evie shows him... Read more »
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TV (The Book)

Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time

By Alan Sepinwall & Matt Zoller Seitz
Length: 16 hours 33 minutes

Is The Wire better than Breaking Bad? Is Cheers better than Seinfeld? What's the best high school show ever made? Why did Moonlighting really fall apart? Was the Arrested Development Netflix season brilliant or terrible?

For twenty years-since they shared a TV column at Tony Soprano's hometown newspaper-critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller... Read more »
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Famous in Love

By Rebecca Serle
Narrated by: Tara Sands
Length: 7 hours 38 minutes

Now a series on Freeform, formerly ABC Family, starring Bella Thorne!

"A must-read for anyone curious about life and love behind the scenes."--Bella Thorne, actor and author of Autumn Falls

When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically... Read more »
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As If!

The Oral History of Clueless, as Told by Amy Heckerling, the Cast, and the Crew

By Jen Chaney
Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
Length: 9 hours 2 minutes

Will we ever get tired of watching Cher navigate Beverly Hills high school and discover true love in the movie Clueless? As if! Written by Amy Heckerling and starring Alicia Silverstone, Clueless is an enduring comedy classic that remains one of the most streamed movies on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes even twenty years after its release.

In... Read more »
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How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

By Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Narrated by: Christina Delaine
Length: 9 hours 59 minutes

Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn't think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a... Read more »
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Talking as Fast as I Can

From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)

By Lauren Graham
Narrated by: Lauren Graham
Length: 4 hours 35 minutes

Talking as Fast as I Can

“Lauren Graham reads her memoir so well, with just the right amount of dramatisation, and now I remember why I want to be best friends with her, even if she does never reply to my tweets. It was also a great book for me to be listening to while I was at a writing conference, because she talks encouragingly about pursuing your creative dream even when you’re not sure if it’s ever going to happen for you. Lauren Graham is warm and witty, and I’m just the right amount of old enough to side with her when she gets old and sensible and talks beautifully about disconnecting from our phones. Highly recommended.”

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The Animators

A Novel

By Kayla Rae Whitaker
Narrated by: Alex McKenna
Length: 15 hours 22 minutes

“A wildly original novel that pulses with heart and truth . . . That this powerful exploration of friendship, desire, ambition, and secrets manages to be ebullient, gripping, heartbreaking, and deeply deeply funny is a testament to Kayla Rae Whitaker’s formidable gifts. I was so sorry to reach the final page. Sharon and Mel will stay with me for... Read more »
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Live From New York

The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests

By James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales
Narrated by: Paul Woodson & Christina Delaine
Length: 28 hours 18 minutes

When first published to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Saturday Night Live, Live From New York was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics... Read more »
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I Like to Watch

Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution

By Emily Nussbaum
Narrated by: Emily Nussbaum
Length: 13 hours 42 minutes

From The New Yorker’s fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watch.

“Emily Nussbaum is the perfect critic—smart, engaging, funny, generous, and insightful.”—David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon

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