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A Bingewatcher's Notebook
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.78 hours)
Product Number: Z100104527
Released: Aug 30, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504755740
Narrator/s: Clive Chafer
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Television and TV viewing are not what they once were-and that's a good thing, according to award-winning author and critic Clive James. Since serving as television columnist for the London Observer from 1972 to 1982, James has witnessed a radical change in content, format, and programming, and in the very manner in which television is watched. Here he examines this unique cultural revolution, providing a brilliant, eminently entertaining analysis of many of the medium's most notable twenty-first-century accomplishments and their not-always-subtle impact on modern society-including such acclaimed serial dramas as Breaking Bad, The West Wing, Mad Men, and The Sopranos, as well as the comedy 30 Rock. With intelligence and wit, James explores a television landscape expanded by cable and broadband and profoundly altered by the advent of Netflix, Amazon, and other "cord-cutting" platforms that have helped to usher in a golden age of unabashed binge-watching.

Author(s): Clive James
Original Publish Date: Aug 30, 2016

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Author(s): Clive James
Narrator(s): Clive Chafer
Product Number DD26594
Released: Aug 01, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504755702

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"Binge-watching is a 21st-century pastime. It seems everyone's doing it, including noted TV critic and author Clive James. In response to having been diagnosed with cancer, James spends his time binge-watching TV shows new and old. Clive Chafer narrates James's commentary. In particular, Chafer matter-of-factly explains James's ranking system for various series--from "The Sopranos" to "Game of Thrones." As James makes dry quips on each of the boxed sets he's completed, his humor is not lost on the listener, due to Chafer's stellar performance. Binge-watching may be a common recreation in today's world, but James's explorations of the phenomenon and Chafer's cultured British accent bring this discussion of it to a higher level. A.G.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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