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    From the New York Times best-selling author of Those Guys Have All the Fun comes Tinderbox, the unvarnished, comprehensive, and astonishing history of HBO, told for the first time through the disruptors who led its epic rise to prestige and changed the way we watch television forever.

    The exclusive story of HBO’s key creators, executives, actors, and directors gives listeners an unprecedented peek behind the curtain at the founding and triumph of the first “pay-channel” that brought America The Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Wire, Succession, and countless groundbreaking, culture-shifting shows. James Andrew Miller collects insider accounts of the humble beginnings, devastating missteps, controversial business decisions, and, of course, backstage drama and celebrity gossip from the set.

    Since televisions entered Americans’ living rooms, the question of whether programming should be “free” - paid for with advertising - has loomed, to the extent that some broadcasters, lobbyists, and fearmongers warned someone would come along and disrupt their Madison Avenue-championed business model. But who would pay for something that had always been free? Home Box Office dared to ask that question in 1972, opening the doors for other pay-channels and ultimately the streaming platforms that are now the norm. They created different, better content - or at least they convinced viewers that different was better. HBO gave us violent scenes with blood and guts, shows like Tales from the Crypt that were actually scary, rom-coms with sex instead of suggestion. We take their big-budget, “prestige” TV for granted now, but their success was far from assured at the outset.

    HBO’s audacity built the viewing culture we have today and permanently transformed the television landscape.

    A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

    ©2021 James Andrew Miller (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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    • Kate
    • 30/11/2021

    Audio editing needs a lot of work

    The story is interesting and I appreciate the oral history format. The audio editing, however, is the worst I have ever heard. The number of duplicated passages is embarrassing and distracts greatly from the narrative. It sounds like a rush job, which is particularly challenging given HBO’s commitment to high production values. I would highly recommend fixing the editing and re-uploading a clean version.

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    • Tyler Sowell
    • 29/11/2021

    Great story but terrible production quality

    Love the author and the book. The production quality is terrible - the worst I have listened to among audio books and podcasts by a wide margin. Sentences are repeated and I can hear when Miller used different recording devices. Really strange and too bad.

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    • Amy Petty
    • 28/11/2021

    Please revisit audio

    This story is great - quite the feat to tell a complete story of an influential network from inception to present day. I’m loving it! But… the incorrect edits, odd repetitions, inconsistent name pronunciations, etc., take away from the spectacular content. I applaud the work that has gone into this, but I think it would be best if this can be fixed before others download it.

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    • Christopher
    • 27/11/2021

    Story great as always, what’s with the poor editing?

    I have all of James Andrew Millers audiobooks and absolutely love them. “Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night” is a title I always recommend to friends/family who are thinking about getting into audiobooks.

    This story of HBO is great and fits squarely in my wheelhouse.

    However, what’s strange about this entry is how poorly it is edited. The narration itself is great as always, and I love having a few different narrators for an oral history.

    The issue is there are some passages (or just single words) that get repeated. Also, some of James Andrew Miller’s passages are much poorer quality in spots (my guess is the result of some home recording sessions because of COVID - which is of course understandable) Feels like the production was rushed for a holiday season release.

    It’s not frequent enough to be that distracting, I just find myself annoyed at the producers/editors on behalf of an author I am such a huge fan of. Come on folks!

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 07/12/2021

    Terrible audiobook

    Worst audiobook production I have encountered. Constant repeats, inconsistent pronunciations and finally the recording freezes and cannot play. It helpfully suggests I file a bug report without informing me how to do that. How did such shoddy work get released?

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    • BrianInChicago
    • 06/12/2021

    Quite possibly the worst production ever

    I really enjoy James Andrew Miller and his books, and I've been looking forward to this one for some time.

    I'm only two chapters in and the book is almost un-listenable. Sentences are randomly repeated. You can hear where the author read some parts in a studio, and then all of a sudden there's an edit that sounds like it was recorded on a bad Zoom call. I'm only 2 hours or so in, and there are 41 more to go ... and I'm afraid what has so far been a great story is going to be ruined by the production value.

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    • Raging Centrist
    • 08/01/2022

    Worst production of an audiobook ever.

    The book itself is so-so, but the production of the audiobook is shockingly bad.

    Having read James Andrew Miller’s books on SNL and ESPN, I was really looking forward to this HBO history. However, where the content of the first two, co-authored with Tom Shales, was A grade, this was C+. Perhaps the loss of Shales’ involvement allowed Miller to default to far too much fawning input, but the first half of the book feels dictated by publicists. There is good information and some very good stories, and hopefully Miller regains his balance on the next outing.

    Now to the audiobook - They need to start over. For starters, no one gave a quality control listen before releasing this. There are dozens of repeated paragraphs, some dropped in 5 minutes after the first occurrence.

    Beyond the repeats, the main narrator is ill suited to the task - He’s clearly trying his best, but he’s not a Voiceover profession in any way - He sounds out of breath, and like Tom Carvelle from the old Carvelle’s ice cream ads. What’s more, he frequently mispronounces common usage words, and high profile names. These should have been caught during the read by a producer, but no one seems to have been supervising this. I wonder if it was read at home by the VO artists due to covid.

    Finally, the choice was made to have direct quotes from HBO execs and creatives read by other voices. This is a bit distracting, but probably could have worked with a producer supervising the reads. Instead, the woman reading the female parts over-inflects most of them, adding excess emotion to even matter-of-fact descriptions of events. The end result is that even stoic, legendarily hard-headed female execs like Sheila Nevins come off sounding like unstable teens. The guy reading the male parts is a bit better, although they bafflingly added in a ludicrously accented Brit to read Ricky Gervais’ passages.

    Sorry to be so negative on the production, but it would be wise to just start over and redo this entire audiobook.

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    • N Chamberlain
    • 08/01/2022

    very entertaining but needs editing

    sometimes the editing was so bad I thought I was on the wrong chapter because I was hearing things repeated multiple times. I thought it first it was just a one off but it continues throughout the entire book. very entertaining if you watch a lot of HBO

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    • EagleEye
    • 06/01/2022

    Great Story...Worst Audiobook Production Ever

    I look forward to James Andrew Miller's books and have not been disappointed. The HBO story is compelling. The genesis of their entertainment philosophy, groundbreaking stories, and world class productions made for a great read. Production of this book, however, was the worst I have encountered in the dozens of Audible books I have downloaded.
    Editing was non-existent. Numerous starts and stops. Names were pronounced differently in different chapters. The authors voice was good. The female reader was terrible. The "valley girl" pronunciations were laughable. Especially disturbing when it was a quote from a respected executive and/or production professional. The "upper crust" Brit reading for Ricky Gervais seemed like a bad skit.
    Hopefully the editing mistakes will be corrected and a "make good" will be offers to buyers.

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    • KiKi
    • 05/01/2022

    Really bad edit!

    This must be the wrong version that got uploaded into the system. So many editing mistakes, mix was off terribly at a number of spots as well. At one point they even changed the VO actor midway through a quote! Story is wonderful but what a terrible audio experience.

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