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Like Brothers

Narrated by: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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The multitalented writers, directors, producers, and actors (as seen on The League, Transparent, and The Mindy Project) share the secrets of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir.  

"A book that anyone will love... You can enjoy it even if you have no idea who the Duplass brothers are." [Janet Maslin, The New York Times ("17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer")]

Whether producing, writing, directing, or acting, the Duplass Brothers have made their mark in the world of independent film and television on the strength of their quirky and empathetic approach to storytelling. Now, for the first time, Mark and Jay take listeners on a tour of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir told in essays that share the secrets of their success, the joys and frustrations of intimate collaboration, and the lessons they've learned the hard way.

From a childhood spent wielding an oversize home video camera in the suburbs of New Orleans to their shared years at the University of Texas in early '90s Austin, and from the breakthrough short they made on a three-dollar budget to the night their feature film Baghead became the center of a Sundance bidding war, Mark and Jay tell the story of a bond that's resilient, affectionate, mutually empowering, and only mildly dysfunctional. They are brutally honest about how their closeness sabotaged their youthful romantic relationships, about the jealousy each felt when the other stole the spotlight as an actor (Mark in The League, Jay in Transparent), and about the challenges they faced on the set of their HBO series Togetherness - namely, too much togetherness. 

But Like Brothers is also a surprisingly practical road map to a rewarding creative partnership. Rather than split all their responsibilities 50-50, the brothers learned to capitalize on each other's strengths. They're not afraid to call each other out, because they're also not afraid to compromise. Most relationships aren't - and frankly shouldn't be - as intense as Mark and Jay's, but their brand of trust, validation, and healthy disagreement has taken them far. 

Part coming-of-age memoir, part underdog story, and part insider account of succeeding in Hollywood on their own terms, Like Brothers is as openhearted and lovably offbeat as Mark and Jay themselves.

"Wright. Ringling. Jonas. I'm sure you could name a bunch of famous brother teams. They're all garbage compared to Mark and Jay. I can't wait for you to read this book." (From the foreword by Mindy Kaling)

©2018 Jay and Mark Duplass (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Mark and Jay Duplass are not just brothers, kind of like their book is not just a memoir.... The book playfully darts between essays, pop-culture tributes and self-help tips.... What sets Like Brothers apart...is the uncanny bond between its authors.... Like Brothers is ultimately a fascinating window into the creative process, showing the complexities that come with being so inextricably linked." (USA Today)   

“In my next life I’d like to come back as a Duplass Brother. But until then I’ll just enjoy their hilarious, insightful book.” (Judd Apatow)

"A likable memoir of how Jay and Mark Duplass blazed their idiosyncratic trail, and an inspiring how-to guide." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Decent but not quite to expectations

I had pretty high hopes for this after listening to the guys on a Brene Brown podcast, and while it was a nice listen, occasionally thought provoking it wasn't quite as insightful as I hoped. it's interesting to hear their stories and makes for a nice listen, but in the end just so so.

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Sweet, tense and intimate

If you're not into filmmaking, or relationships, this may not be the book for you. But me? I love that stuff. The dirt, the grit, the pain, and the thousands of tiny fluffy marshmallows sprinkled on top and melted into the cracks. This book will return you to your secret childhood wishes of having a sibling you are soulmates with. And give you behind-the-scenes insights into the H'wood biz and how to be a dad, husband, brother, human. I think I'm a wee bit inspired. I have some $5 films to make...

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Brilliant.

I’m a little in love with Mark and Jay Duplass now!! It was a tremendously entertaining tale by these two brothers.

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  • AEC
  • 24-05-2018

Love, love, love!

I love, love, loved this book! Audio version must be heard. Hearing Jay and Mark's voices, telling their story, in my humble opinion is the only way. A former (possible once again in the future through the inspiration of this book) film and television artist myself, AND also having an older brother about the same years apart (except I'm the younger sister). This book was both incredibly relatable and gouged my heart in a way for which I can not find the words. My brother passed away at 40. But the stories of the Duplass brother's childhood, felt like we had lived in a parallel universe of parallel siblinghood, at that time. The dynamics of my family were quite different, so me at 14 and my brother at 17.5, were geographically separated (ripped apart) as my parents divorced. Had things gone differently, and always in my dreams, our sibling love for each other would have been able to navigate and conquer the distance and life/family dynamics, to have turned out in a similar manner as these 2 brothers. Instead of the darkened path we both struggled up and down for the next 20 years. From a business, dreams, and parntership stand point, (once we found our paths making sense again, and our siblinghood back in balance) things were beginning to bubble. Then my brother got sick. But I have digressed. This is supposed to be a review about Like Brothers. Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing and reading aloud, this book. Not only did it touch me in a way that is surely unique. It was wonderful, heart warming, and hopeful to hear 2 boys and 2 men, brothers, saying I love you to each other, nurturing each other in brotherhood, friendship, and as business partners, whilst struggling, growing, changing and ultimately attaining their dreams. I learned so much from this book. Both about the trials, tribulations, tips & tricks and thoughtful advice of being, surviving and becoming a successful artist. And about relationships. Tearful but also joyful memories of my sibling relationship and so much more that I will work to carry with me into all of my relationships. I will undoubtedly listen to this book over and over and over again. Something I mostly only do with watching movies. My deep heartfelt appreciation to you both, for giving the gift of your book. -Amy

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  • Ciombarli M
  • 06-08-2018

These guys are AMAZING!

I am inspired every single time I listen to this book--- and yes, I have listened to it several times. These guys are down to earth and innovative!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-10-2020

Love these two

I have had an obsession with these two brothers for a while so I just had to get the book. I absolutely admire them in every way. I have a very similar relationship with my sister so I was able to relate a ton with theirs. I recommend this book to anybody that has a love for filmmaking and are incredibly close with their sibling. It’s an inspiring story about two brothers and their journey in life.

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  • Tricia
  • 27-09-2020

Absolutely delightful! A must listen!

I loved how Mark and Jay read the book. It made the book become more alive than it already is. a beautiful story about many things. Very refreshing. I loved their HBO series Togetherness and never wanted it to end. This book brought some closure for me around that, since I've a better understanding as to why it did. I now will watch anything with these brothers in it. And it was easy to pull my husband on this bandwagon of mine since he loves The League. And how can anyone NOT like Mark and Jay? These two brothers are the best thing that happened to the movie industry, and I am sure to anyone that knows them. I would recommend this to anyone!

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  • Lorrie G McFadden
  • 21-09-2020

I loved them before but now I know why

This is an endearing and entertaining memoir, full of love and incredible loyalty. The truth of their relationship rings consistent and enviable throughout their childhood, creations and careers. Well done, brothers.

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  • myoung
  • 19-09-2020

Amazballs!!!

Truly loved this. Entertaining. Funny. Endearing. Real. So much to learn about collaboration. And bonus was it being read by the brothers themselves. “Read” it! You won’t regret it.

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  • Debbie
  • 15-09-2020

Utterly Delightful

Recommended by Brene Brown. Even as an only child, I thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommend.

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  • Lady V
  • 04-09-2020

All Siblings should listen to this book.

I love the relationship you guys have. Wish I could say I have that, close but definitely not like yours. Loved this audible.

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  • Christal
  • 26-08-2020

So grateful for this audiobook.

Sweet, funny, sensitive, sensible and educational in terms of how to navigate some aspects of the indie film world and beyond. This one is definitely meant to be an audiobook, because the back-and-forth perspectives via narration between brothers, makes this book very special and entertaining. They always know what they’re doing, it seems. Very impressive and inspiring.

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  • CDS
  • 11-08-2020

Loved it!

This story was filled with the kind of love you don’t hear a lot about these days. A lot of great words of wisdom about the creative process too, but, for me, I most enjoyed the love bits. A refreshing break from the news cycle of gloom and doom these days. Thanks for writing! And, thank you for the creative works you share with the world.

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  • Mister Tickle
  • 03-08-2020

Over-indulgent, uninformative and boring

Over-indulgent, uninformative and staggeringly boring. Just not sure what the point in this book is at all

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  • tamara
  • 29-07-2020

Truth telling jesters

Fun. Light. Heartwarming. A book to binge at night with your partner while you reminisce your relationships with your siblings and your childhood daydreams.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-06-2020

Very honest, cute and very entertaining!

This book is only to listen! Bc having actors and directors read their own book is the only way to consume it! Highly recommend to someone that has a sibling as much as to ones who dont (like me). Never had a sibling of my own age so it was first of all a beautiful witnessing of that kind of relationship, which i obviously understand is certainly one of a kind too. Highly recommend it to ones curious of how nontoxic masculity looks like. Its truly beautiful to listen to these two sensitive, creative men talk about relationships, work, family, psychological safety.

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  • bethdu
  • 12-09-2018

nothing exciting.

great narration by the authors. I'm a Duplass brother fan but this book didn't move me like the movies they make. worth reading though.

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  • Jase
  • 20-05-2018

An essential listen for filmmakers.

Listening to Mark and Jay talk about the creative struggle on their way to becoming an Indie Film Powerhouse is beyond inspiring. To hear who they got frustrated, procrastinated but eventually pushed through and broke into the film industry leaves the listener with an overall feeling of hope and aspiration. Listening to them talk about their dynamic as a duo and the conflicts and misconceptions that lie within that lay the groundwork for some great advice on how to be an effective collaborator. A must trader for filmmakers at all levels.