I Am Spartacus!

  • by Kirk Douglas
  • Narrated by Michael Douglas
  • 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the world’s most iconic movie stars, Kirk Douglas has distinguished himself as a producer, philanthropist, and author. Now, more than 50 years after the release of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas reveals the riveting drama behind the making of the legendary gladiator film.
Douglas began producing the movie in the midst of the politically charged era when Hollywood’s moguls refused to hire anyone accused of Communist sympathies. In a risky move, Douglas chose Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, to write Spartacus. As both producer and star of the film, Douglas faced explosive moments with young director Stanley Kubrick and struggles with giant personalities, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, and Peter Ustinov.
Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at 95, looks back candidly—and often with self-effacing humor—at his audacious decision to give public credit to Trumbo, thus effectively ending the notorious Hollywood blacklist.

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Great personal account

This is a great personal account of a film that I loved when I was a kid and still love today. I love the fact that it is read by his son, although it is hard to believe he is an actor as his diction is sometimes unclear. For a man who is 95yo it feels like it just happened to him a decade ago and there are often personal reflections from his past and present that make this an enjoyable listen.
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- kym

Top-notch listening experience

Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Spartacus! to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version, but would imagine it is as entertaining as the audio version.


Who was your favorite character and why?

I was enthralled by many characters, like Charles Laughton, Laurence Olivier, Dalton Trumbo and Douglas himself.


What about Michael Douglas’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed being able to trust that Michael was giving us an authentic interpretation of his father's words, attitudes and manner.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was brought close to tears on many occasions. How can you listen to a 95-year-old man reflect on his many decades and not be moved?


Any additional comments?

I listened to this on long drives, and was always amazed at how quickly those miles passed. I cannot recommend this book more highly.

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- J. Hatcher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio