The Disaster Artist

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5 out of 5 stars
By marcus on 06-15-14

It Starts coming Together

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Unfortunately, I wouldn't because most of my friends haven't seen "The Room," but for the few who have, definitely. I think this book is strongest for fans of "The Room".

What other book might you compare The Disaster Artist to and why?

I have no earthly clue, it's a memoir describing the creation of a cult classic that jumps between its production and the events leading up to it. I literally can't think of a single book I've read or listened to like this one.

Which character – as performed by Greg Sestero – was your favorite?

His imitation of Tommy Wisseau is phenomenal. He could start a TPW animated show playing Tommy and I'd watch it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Can you really trust anyone?"

Any additional comments?

I reiterate that this book is definitely for those who've seen "The Room" and love its wonderful absurdity. I think that may be a prerequisite to reading this.

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26 of 29 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Lindsay on 02-05-18

The book is harsher than the movie

What did you like best about The Disaster Artist? What did you like least?

What I liked best about the Disaster Artists was the author's attempt to understand Tommy since he is a character like none other. What I liked the least is Tommy. He is an incredibly uncomfortable and bizarre person.

Have you listened to any of Greg Sestero’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any of Greg Sestero's performances before, but I thought he did a great job narrating. His impression of Tommy was spot on and that really made the performance.

Do you think The Disaster Artist needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

If Greg were to write a follow-up book, it would be interesting to hear how his life and relationship with Tommy has evolved since the movie "The Disaster Artist" was released.

Any additional comments?

Full disclosure, I have never seen the movie "The Room", but I have seen numerous clips from the movie and know a decent amount about the movie, the plot and the notorious reputation that follows the movie and all those who have touched it. I did see the movie "The Disaster Artist" before reading the book the movie is based on. I was surprised to see how nicely the movie played up Tommy and how innocent and naive they made Greg out to be. In the book, Tommy isn't portrayed in such a flattering light, but Greg does really seem to express what is so captivating about Tommy.

The book was an entertaining read, but Tommy was exhausting and started to really annoy me, which made it a little challenging to continue with the book. What can you say? Tommy is like a train wreck that you can't look away from.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Henry Strickler on 08-28-14

You Have to Listen to This Book!

What did you love best about The Disaster Artist?

This story is hilarious and extremely insightful. The narrator gives firsthand accounts of the insane magic of The Room and Tommy Wiseau himself. His impersonation of Tommy is spot on and so much fun to hear. The writing in general is clear and funny, especially in the various eccentric elements of Tommy Wiseau's life. This also provides a little insight into the life of a young struggling actor which was a nice offshoot I didn't expect.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Disaster Artist?

That is hard to choose. Probably Tommy's acting scenes.

What about Greg Sestero’s performance did you like?

Extremely well done. A few words are blurred but it hardly matters. He nails the most important aspect which is Tommy's voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, absolutely. It's great and terrible that it's only 11 hours, because I loved every minute and couldn't stop listening.

Any additional comments?

Definitely, definitely worth your money. It doesn't matter if you've seen The Room or heard of Tommy Wiseau before. If you haven't you'll want to, and if you have, it will be that much better knowing what went on behind the scenes of the best bad movie ever made.

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17 of 19 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Grace on 07-17-14

Entertaining. Haunting. Oddly Inspiring.

What did you like best about this story?

This book, like the movie, is a dark comedy. Its content is kinda sad but still makes you laugh. I also was surprised how inspired I was by Tommy's confidence and how Greg seemed to describe someone like Tommy without sugar coating it... but also not bashing him? It's interesting. I have been recommending this book to my friends since the first chapter and don't plan on stopping. What I'm hoping will stop is my sudden bursts into the Tommy accents but it is "Verrrrryy haard to staaahp! Mygod!!"

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22 of 25 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jim In Texas! on 07-04-15

Interesting Look at Hollywood

I was not familiar with 'The Room', but when this title went on sale I took a flyer on it. It's the story of the making of 'The Room', a movie so bad it's great, and it's eccentric writer/producer/director.

I'm glad I did. The book is fascinating on several levels. The story is funny and poignant. This book is actually being made into a movie about making this movie.

I could only give the narration four stars, not because of the narrator himself, but because of several production glitches. Several times there are noticeable changes in audio level and what they call 'room tone'. It sounds like they recorded segments in different studios.

Again the author/narrator was fine, it's just the audio production that has minor issues.

Anyone with the slightest interest in how our entertainment is created will enjoy this book.

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Graham on 09-17-14

A funny, moving, and even dark true story.

Where does The Disaster Artist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks amongst the top. It is incredibly engaging, entertaining, and fascinating.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Disaster Artist?

Learning about the dark aspects of Tommy Wiseau and his absolutely bizarre and creepy personality.

What about Greg Sestero’s performance did you like?

He reads it very well and since it's a big part of his life, it sounds like he speaks from his heart.
And his impression of Tommy Wiseau is brilliant.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's something that I could definitely sit all eleven hours through listening.

Any additional comments?

If you have seen The Room - that horrid thing that has the audacity to be called a movie - and want to know what Tommy Wiseau is and how this horrible thing was made, this is a must read.
And you get so much more than that. It's genuine, hilarious, and intriguing.

It's the polar opposite of The Room. And it also lends credence to the phrase "truth is stranger than fiction."

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