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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Who Is Michael Ovitz? by Michael Ovits, read by Dennis Boutsikaris.

If you're going to listen to one audiobook about Hollywood, this is the one.

As co-founder of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Michael Ovitz earned a reputation for ruthless negotiation, brilliant strategy and fierce loyalty to his clients. He reinvented the role of the agent and helped shape the careers of hundreds of A-list stars and directors, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Sean Connery, Steven Seagal, Bill Murray, Robin Williams and David Letterman. 

But this personal history is much more than celebrity friendships and bare-knuckled deal-making. It's an underdog's story: how did a kid with no connections work his way into the William Morris mailroom, and become the most powerful person in Hollywood? How did a superagent also become a power in producing, advertising, mergers & acquisitions and modern art? And what were the personal consequences of all those deals? 

After decades of near-silence in the face of intense controversy, Michael Ovitz is finally telling his whole story in this blistering, unforgettable memoir. 

©2018 Michael Ovitz (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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You won’t be disappointed.

Great book for anyone in the Entertainment industry or wanting to get learn / break into it.

This book goes into details of Ovitz great negotiating skills, his pure relentlessness and drive to dominate a cut throat and super competitive industry.

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Fascinating Look at the business of Hollywood

I had never heard of Michael Ovitz before reading a review of this book. The book was a fascinating look into the business side of Hollywood which is a lot more interesting than the glitz and glammed of Hollywood. Even though Michael appears to be a stuff, hard working guy but you can’t help but like the guy. The narrator did a great job but I think I would have preferred Michael to read his own memoir.

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Charming book with masterful voiceover.

Loved it.
The performance was masterful and the story was informative as it was personal.

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Very well recited
An amazing story with so much interesting info about Hollywood, LA and all the players

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  • 08-10-2021

Startup story with too many characters

It's a good story of how CAA built its big empire, but the book could have been edited so much better. For someone who claims have been instrumental in packaging huge blockbuster films because they know what works, this book is surprisingly poorly written.

First problem you'll encounter is that the tremendous amount of name dropping. It's just impossible to keep up. There are probably 100+ people named through the book! Second, the author just seemed to want to brag about the Hollywood stories and wrote the story of CAA is just secondary. Don't get me wrong, the stories are great, especially those who relate to the starts of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. The book could have been so much more though. Also, what do the chapters names have to do with the actual words written in the chapter??

Narration is good, stories are somewhat good but it's difficult to make head or sense of stories since you can't keep up with the characters.

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  • Ridhaa Ahmed
  • 06-11-2018

Interesting to the last minute

One expects it when you start reading the book so it shouldn’t come as a surprise but does...the shear volume of name-dropping can overwhelm but it is a very interesting read from a phenomenally charismatic man. I’d recommend reading it as there are more than a few lessons to be learnt.

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  • yogi
  • 26-10-2018

excellent

I loved this book. Beautifully narrated with a spectacular story about going from nothing to top of the entertainment industry and then some...

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  • 27-06-2020

Real life Terminator

Good book, its for people who like to listen to peoples stories (especially those who rose to the top of their industries and what it took to get there). Take what lessons you can. The rest you'll learn along the way

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  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • 12-07-2021

excellent insights

while controversial, Michael Ovitz is an extremely smart and driven individual.
many valuable insights.
highly recommended.

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  • Aaron Mullen
  • 17-06-2020

speeding the plough

this was my first audio book and i loved it. well written well spoken with a great narrative I listened to it in 2 days... best book on insider hollywood I've read in years. highly recommend








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  • 25-05-2020

Book about a very talented person.

I surprisingly liked this book a lot. Michael Ovtiz is indeed had a successful and curious life. Hopefully i will learn a lot in terms of hard work and people skills.
Dennis Boutsikaris narration was excellent.

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  • Mr J
  • 30-04-2020

Candid profile of an inspiring character

Ovitz profiles his career and personal life in detail. He is willing to go beyond most biographies in both his teachings and in detailing his learnings.

Any entrepreneur can learn from his masterful sales skills, approach to gifting, or character development.

Aside from the learnings it is a fantastic read about the golden era of content creation, with a guy who was instrumental in it.

Highly recommend

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-03-2020

A fascinating insight into agency life.

I have been a theatrical agent only for a few years in my early 20's. I felt the emotional toll Michael was putting on himself I was jealous and wished I had his genius. really interesting view into the top of this profession.

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  • Kolif
  • 05-02-2020

Fascinating read

Fascinating read about a fascinating man in a fascinating industry who transitioned to a even bigger and more exciting industry.

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  • Margaret Marshall
  • 30-12-2019

Fascinating

Very interesting with plenty famous names mentioned.
It's all a big game in Hollywood and Michael was a master when he was at the top. He is eventually self deprecating and admits he could have worked twenty per cent less for similar rewards and spent more time with his family.

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  • Ogo
  • 15-10-2019

A must read business book

Insightful, entertaining and filled with business lessons. There's tonnes to learn from the life of Micheal Ovitz.

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  • 04-03-2019

Fascinating Story

Couldn't stop listening. Interesting for people who like to know how the mind of a go getter works.

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