Silver Screen Fiend

  • by Patton Oswalt
  • Narrated by Patton Oswalt
  • 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author, comedian, and actor Patton Oswalt shares his entertaining memoir about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late '90s while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.
Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn't drugs, alcohol, or sex. It was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics and new releases at least three nights a week at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton's life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt's memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.
Ideally timed for awards season, when everyone's mind is on Hollywood, Silver Screen Fiend follows up on the terrific reception of Oswalt's New York Times best-selling debut, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. Already a beloved fixture on the comedy stage, on television, and in film - not to mention his 1.1 million Twitter followers - Oswalt announces, with this second book, that he's also here to stay on the page.


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Redemption from 'Zombie Spaceship Wasteland'

I can't say enough about this book. It was beautifully written, and would have worked just as well as fiction as a memoir, so well done was the prose and character arc. I know nothing about movies, but I still gobbled up the story. As literary as you'd like without being dry. I'll definitely read again.
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- Kurt "I'll surprise you"

The best and worst from Oswalt

It's captivating to listen to someone I consider to be a comedic genius talk candidly about his own life. If only what he were talking about was something more in depth than just the movies he really liked. I am a movie lover myself, but this felt more like someone just listing off a checklist of films as opposed to really diving deep into what made these movies great.

A disappointingly forgettable and very short book.
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- Jonathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio