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The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History
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An instant New York Times best seller

The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the 21st century, told by its creators, writers, and actors. 

When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael, and the rest of Dunder Mifflin? It might have been back in 2013, when the series finale aired...or it might have been last night, when you watched three episodes in a row. But either way, long after the show first aired, it’s more popular than ever, and fans have only one problem - what to watch, or listen to, next. 

Fortunately, Rolling Stone writer Andy Greene has that answer. In his brand-new oral history, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, Greene will take listeners behind the scenes of their favorite moments and characters. Greene gives us the true inside story behind the entire show, from its origins on the BBC through its impressive nine-season run in America, with in-depth research and exclusive interviews. Fans will get the inside scoop on key episodes from "The Dundies" to "Threat Level Midnight" and "Goodbye, Michael", including behind-the-scenes details like the battle to keep it on the air when NBC wanted to pull the plug after just six episodes and the failed attempt to bring in James Gandolfini as the new boss after Steve Carell left, spotlighting the incredible, genre-redefining show created by the family-like team, who together took a quirky British import with dicey prospects and turned it into a primetime giant with true historical and cultural significance. 

Hilarious, heartwarming, and revelatory, The Office gives fans and pop culture buffs a front-row seat to the phenomenal sequence of events that launched The Office into wild popularity, changing the face of television and how we all see our office lives for decades to come.

©2020 Andy Greene (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Long winded

As a huge fan of the Office I found parts of this very interesting. Although I couldn't help but feel like the whole thing could have been done in about half the time. If I had a dollar for ever time someone said the cast were like family I'd be moderately well off.

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  • Molly
  • 29-03-2020

Good, but some missing info for the true fan...

I really enjoyed hearing so much from the writers who were clearly the major driving force behind this brilliant show, but I hoped for some more info on aspects I’ve wondered about for a long time, particularly some of the choices they made with characters (for instance, why there were so many major characters who drastically changed basic elements of their personality over the seasons like Ryan who became a complete jerk and how they basically made Kevin mentally handicapped). Also, some major plot holes I’ve always wondered about, like how Angela’s baby was DNA tested as NOT Dwight’s, then conveniently was his baby somehow at the end of the show, and how their continuity was really lacking (Michael had a brother then was an only child, Andy’s Secretary stepmother from “Secretary’s Day” that didn’t exist later, what happened to D’Angelo’s assistant Jordan, and what the hell happened to Kathy after Florida?) Also would’ve loved to hear if they regretted how they wrote the last season based upon the massive fan backlash on how they wrote Pam. It felt there was a lot of coverage on the first 7 seasons (because of Steve Carell) and the last 2 seasons were covered in a rushed way and as an afterthought, too. As great as Steve Carell was, I could’ve lived without 6 pages of people saying how great he was and some more meat on these issues that all of us mega fans would’ve loved to have cleared up, but all in all, a really good, well researched book.

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  • Adam P. Shipman
  • 07-04-2020

Instead of voice actors,

I liked the book, but I didn’t like the voice actors trying to sound like the people in the book. I’d rather it actually be the people or just someone reading it. Comes off as fake with people trying too hard. Good content though.

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  • C. L.
  • 11-05-2020

A Fun Dive Into Dunder Mifflin

This book told stories I’d never heard and gave context to some pieces of the series I’d never have known otherwise. It was a fun way to add to my experience as a serial watcher. My biggest critique was that I disliked most of the actors who voiced the quotes from actors on the show. I would have preferred the author narrate the whole thing— to have some British guy doing a vaguely Rocky Gervais voice felt odd and out of place. Listeners will know these actors’ voices and to hear them being poorly impersonated is dissatisfying. I’m also surprised at just how many quotes there are from Kate Flannery. Don’t get me wrong, I love her, but it’s strange to have SO many quotes from one of the shows more minor (though beloved and integral) characters and next to nothing from so many major players.

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  • bnv
  • 06-04-2020

Boring

Equivalent of a magazine article. Anti-Trump digs typical of Hollywood crowd. Don’t waste your money.

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  • Andrew Weber
  • 28-03-2020

Disappointed to not hear the actual voices in this oral history

This was a great inside look at The Office. I was disappointed that the oral history was not with the actual cast and crew voices.

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  • Lynn C.
  • 25-03-2020

Great listen for fans, and creative thinkers!

Such a great book, at a perfect time. With so many people at home, probably watching Netflix and other media, here comes a new look at what is a show many people have watched over and over. I loved the insight into a show that seems simple and mundane, which all our lives are right now, but is really complex and thought out. I also loved the interaction between writers. As an avid reader for my whole life, there are times when you think, I should write. But being a critic I feel I would never live up to my own scrutiny. Listening to writers argue over plots and storylines in the same voice I had watching the show, makes me feel a part of this show in a small way.

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  • Kyle Bryans
  • 17-06-2020

Skip the audiobook. Get the hard copy instead.

Office fans will love the insight to the show. The performance is cringe, and not in a good way. Very broken up with quotes. No real “story”. Pick up the hard copy no doubt, but skip the audio version.

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  • Brennen Johnson
  • 01-04-2020

Quotes the book

This is mainly quotes the book. It has a few interesting stories from the writers that they took from their life into episodes. In my opinion the podcast office Ladies dose a better job at doing what I thought this book would be about and shares a good portion of the content the book. The book really takes quite a few pc turns out of nowhere for no reason other than to be preachy.

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  • Cat Couple
  • 10-10-2020

Just OK and full of language

Save yourself the money and listen to The Office Ladies podcast - which is far more interesting and doesn't contain foul language.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-10-2020

A must read for office fans!

If you haven’t watched the office obsessively, don’t bother. But as a super fan, it was so fun to hear all these perspectives!!!

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  • C
  • 27-07-2020

A must for fans of the show.

A genuinely brilliant insight to everyone’s favourite binge watch. A great performance from a variety of readers, which quotes for every member of the show. Lots of fascinating back stories, and behind the scenes things that true fans have to know.

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  • Julia J
  • 02-07-2020

The Office. An American Workplace

If you're a die-hard Dunder Mifflin fan, as I am, then you will really enjoy this book. It is a brilliant account of how the American version of The Office was conceived and the behind the scenes stories of all nine seasons. There are really interesting contributions from the cast, writers and production staff. It will give you a whole new insight into this fantastic world of #TheOffice

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  • Graham
  • 25-06-2020

Exactly the book you hope it is.

Exactly the book you hope it is. Funny, insightful and brilliantly entertaining. A must read for true fans.

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  • Ant. M.
  • 21-05-2020

Comprehensive & entertaining. I loved it.

I must've watched the entire series well over 20 times, and this book still managed to take me into so many hidden spots within The Office. Andy managed to cover all the bases and bring out stories, memories, thoughts, and feelings out of the heart of the series, the cast, and the crew. You'll surely find out everything you need to know about the series and you'll hear about it from the horse's mouth. I can't think of any member that was left out, really. I could go on and on about the book. The bottom line is, if you like The Office, you'll rejoice reading/listening to this and you'll learn a lot about it. Like I said, I have watched ever episode dozens of times, I have read and listened to every interview online, watched every Blu-ray extra, listened to Angela and Jenna's podcast... and there was still a lot of interesting stuff. And as everything's told as if it was this massive round table, it's truly entertaining and fun to listen to. If you're a fan, you must have to listen to this at least once.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-2020

Office fans everywhere will just love it!

Any true fan of The Office will love this candid and honest memoir of the 9 series they created. It takes a little while to accept actors voices and not those of the people themselves and of course you wish they said what the really mean at times and not something cryptic - But it keeps you entertained, enlightened, engaged and in true Office style, wanting more x