Steve McQueen

  • by Marc Eliot
  • Narrated by Marc Eliot
  • 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the top box-office draws of the 1960s and '70s with now-classics such as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Bullit, Steve McQueen is renowned as one of the most exciting actors ever to come out of Hollywood. Now, in Steve McQueen: A Biography, best-selling author Marc Eliot gives unique insight into McQueen's life, from his films to his three marriages, many affairs, and struggles with addictions. This definitive biography, filled with original research and new interviews, will dazzle fans with its eye-opening portrayal of one of America's most memorable stars.

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What the Critics Say

“As Marc Eliot reminds us, Steve McQueen was just eight weeks older than Clint Eastwood. He might be alive still, as prominent, laconic, and anti-heroic a screen figure as Clint, and maybe even a notable producer and director. Eastwood has won just about every prize there is, and he has made the journey that probably appealed to him the most—from a working-class kid to a movie cowboy to one of the most esteemed figures and authentic stars remaining in American show business. Eastwood is an auteur and a respectable American. McQueen was none of those things…. [Yet] you can’t take your eyes off him. As an actor, he is more compelling and mysterious than Eastwood. “ (David Thomson, The New Republic)
“A fine biography that makes us feel like we know and understand its subject.” (Booklist)
“McQueen’s life and the cultural context Eliot explores make for a good read.” (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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Dime store novel

I was hoping to get a real sense of Steve McQueen. However, for the most part, this book is nothing more than a review of each movie. I recently finished David McCullough's book on the Wright Brothers, so the contrast between the two biographies is stunning.
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- Joseph Kruger

My review of Steve McQueen: A Biography

Would you consider the audio edition of Steve McQueen to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but I really liked the audio version.


Who was your favorite character and why?

of course Steve McQueen. I also have respect for his 1st wife Neilie


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

1st time for Marc's books


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

I was very sad at the end of the book. I grew up the 1960's and Steve was definitely the "king of cool" I remember riding my bike and pretending I was "Hilts" in "The Great Escape" on his motorcycle.

I didn't realize until recently how Steve spiraled downward in the the late 70's most of it by choice.


Any additional comments?

I'm going through a Steve McQueen binge in my life now . I have bought all his movies and even the tv series "Wanted Dead or Alive" and presently reading a book by his 1st wife Neilie.

I'm all done with his movie except Junior Bonner which I can't find.

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- Robert D. Blunt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-25-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio