• by Bruce Cook
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A central figure in the Hollywood Ten and one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood history, two of Trumbo's screenplays earned Oscars (Roman Holiday and The Brave Ones) while he was blacklisted and unable to receive public credit for his work. Trumbo was also the author of Johnny Got His Gun, winner of the National Book Award and one of the most powerful antiwar novels ever published. He epitomized the spirit of American capitalism, yet he went to jail refusing to talk about his membership in the Communist party.
As a result of his relentless fight for political freedom and the right to work for those blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee beginning in 1947, he ended the blacklist era in 1960 by earning proper screen credit for his work on the blockbuster films Exodus and Spartacus. An extraordinarily complex character, he was, as author Bruce Cook states, "an exemplar of a certain set of American virtues: toughness, independence and persistence". Dalton Trumbo was the central figure in the Hollywood Ten, the blacklisted and jailed screenwriters. One of several hundred writers, directors, producers and actors who were deprived of the opportunity to work in the motion picture industry from 1947 to 1960, he was the first to see his name on the screen again. When that happened, it was Exodus, one of the year's biggest movies.


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It's hard to believe this book was the basis for the movie Trumbo. The movie is very good and covers the exciting part of his life.
This book starts with Trumbo 's youth and plods along.
But even when it gets to the blacklist it is dull.
Worse the narrator has chosen a very grating accent for Trumbo as well as many other characters. And the narrator's normal voice is just as bad.
If you want to hear a better book, get Kurt Douglases book "I am Spartacus. "
It covers how Douglas broke the blacklist by hiring Trumbo. And is narrated by Michael Douglas.
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- M. S. Cohen

Would've been able to listen to it all but..

Where does Trumbo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was a great story but the actor that read the narration was so monotone I couldn't take it

What did you like best about this story?

The actual story was great. It was wonderfully written, and an awesome read.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Luke Daniels?

I don't know.

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

I don't know

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- Lauren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2015
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books