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Caddyshack

The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
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Narrated by Peter Berkrot, an award-winning narrator, but perhaps best known for his feature role as caddy Angie D'Annunzio in Caddyshack.

"This is a tough, sharp history of comedy and competitiveness, of rising stars and brilliant upstarts. Of difficult egos, awful behavior, fragile friendships, bursts of inspiration, and blizzards of cocaine - told by the survivors and shaped by Chris Nashawaty's welcome insight and perspective." (Mark Harris, New York Times best-selling author of Pictures at a Revolution and Five Came Back

Caddyshack is one of the most beloved comedies of all time, a classic snobs vs. slobs story of working-class kids and the white-collar buffoons that make them haul their golf bags in the hot summer sun. It has sex, drugs, and one very memorable candy bar, but the movie we all know and love didn't start out that way, and everyone who made it certainly didn't have the word classic in mind as the cameras were rolling. 

In Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story, film critic for Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty goes behind the scenes of the iconic film, chronicling the rise of comedy's greatest deranged minds as they form The National Lampoon, turn the entertainment industry on its head, and ultimately blow up both a golf course and popular culture as we know it. Caddyshack is at once an eye-opening narrative about one of the most interesting, surreal, and dramatic film productions there's ever been and a rich portrait of the biggest and most revolutionary names in Hollywood. So, it's got that going for it...which is nice. 

©2018 Chris Nashawaty (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Awesome read/listen

I’ve always loved the movie since I was a teenager back in the late 80’s. I’ve never been much of a reader but I wanted to know this story after hearing Chris on the Erik Anders Lang podcast (Episode 86). Listening to how it all came together and how loosely written it was has given me a new perspective on the movie and the characters. This is one of the rare books I have finished. If you love the movie you’ll love this book.

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  • William M.
  • 01-07-2018

Not Really About Caddyshack Until Hour 5

I went into this book expecting it to be about the making of Caddyshack. Something about the title seemed to imply it. What this book is really about is Doug Kenney, a brilliant but damaged mind behind National Lampoon, Animal House, SNL and Caddychack. I get the sense that this book was written to be that book but was changed to declare itself a history of the movie Caddyshack by the publisher. Kenney's story is very interesting, which is why I gave the story five stars. it's just that I wasn't interested in Kenney's story when I paid for this title. it was a pleasant surprise but I imagine that's not so with some. Once the book gets to Caddychack, it is as good a telling of that production's history as I have read. I do wish there was more to that section but, then again, this isn't really a book about Caddyshack. The performance by Caddyshack cast member Peter Berkot (he played Angie Dinunzio, the recipient of Carl's Dalai Lama storytelling) does an admirable job but his impressions of the characters, particularly Bill Murray, were just off enough to throw me off.

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  • Hebern
  • 18-07-2018

Interesting

It was an interesting book about the making of Caddyshack, but if you are only interested in the movie and it's actors the lead up may be a little much. It's probably half way through before it gets to the actual filming of Caddyshack. The majority of the time before that is spent discussing Doug Kenney, the main writer of the movie. That was interesting, but I was more interested in the actors I've seen hundreds of times in the movie and tidbits on what went on with them when the cameras weren't rolling.

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  • Daniel R. Jensen
  • 09-05-2018

fine

Some of the lines are fantastic, but 85% of this has been covered elsewhere. If one is looking for something short and a bit hair-raising vis-a-vis Doug Kenney, you could do worse.

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  • Michael S.
  • 30-05-2018

Not Enough Caddyshack

I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if it were all about Caddyshack, but the first half of the book covers, the history of National Lampoon, Animal House and Saturday Night Live, all of which were covered in greater detail in A Stupid And Futile Gesture. The second half of the book is very good but I could have used more of it.

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  • ElPolloAcelerado
  • 21-05-2018

Needs more Caddyshack, less pre-history

Okay, but spends too much time on the background of the creators. That's been covered.

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  • Edward J. McCaffrey
  • 08-05-2018

My Favorite Movie of All Time

Even though I saw the Making of Caddyshack on TV, this book in Audible form gave me the history of National Lampoon, Second City, SNL, and my other favorite movie Animal House. Made me laugh and smile. One of the pleasurable books in many years.

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  • Stephen Bowlby
  • 08-08-2019

Terrific performance of a great story

It would have been a mistake on Chris Nashawaty's part to tell only the Caddyshack story without all the foundational material beginning back at the Harvard Lampoon, through the National Lampoon, SNL, and onward to Hollywood. All that adds texture and context and frames the movie's story in a way that helps you understand and appreciate not only the development and production antics, but the changing culture of the time, and the characters behind it. For showbiz fans, the story is three-dimensional and great. Then, Peter Berkrot propels it over the top. His narration has precision, depth, and such a sophisticated edge that it is a pitch-perfect match for the material. He imparts a spark of urgency and lands the biting wit in the text that makes this an audiobook version of a page-turner. This is a compelling performance on all levels.

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  • Stephen Connor
  • 10-04-2020

Fantastic tribute to the movie and cast

I was so hopeful that this book would do justice to one of my favorite movies, and I’m pleased to say all of my hopes were surpassed! This is a fantastic look behind the scenes that vividly describes how this classic came to be and if you already love the movie, you will also love this book.

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  • B. Meyer
  • 17-02-2020

Great listen for fans of the movie and its makers

I thought the book was thoroughly enjoyable and I listened through it learning much I did not know. Never knew so much about the background of the movie. Great nostalgia and new facts to learn. Excellent!

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  • John Nelson
  • 19-01-2020

Thank you very little!

Oh my, if you love this 80s classic, then you'll love this behind the scenes book of the best movie ever. Given the non stop party scene, it's hard to believe they ever finished the movie and made it into the great classic. Great work!