Robert Redford: The Biography

Written by:
Michael Feeney Callan
Narrated by:
Mark Deakins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2011
17 hours 33 minutes
The long-anticipated biography of Robert Redford.

Among the most widely admired Hollywood stars of his generation, Redford has appeared onstage and on-screen, in front of and behind the camera, earning Academy, Golden Globe, and a multitude of other awards and nominations for acting, directing, and producing, and for his contributions to the arts. His Sundance Film Festival transformed the world of filmmaking; his films defined a generation. America has come to know him as the Sundance Kid, Bob Woodward, Johnny Hooker, Jay Gatsby, and Roy Hobbs. But only now, with this revelatory biography, do we see the surprising and complex man beneath the Hollywood façade.

From Redford’s personal papers—journals, script notes, correspondence—and hundreds of hours of taped interviews, Michael Feeney Callan brings the legendary star into focus. Here is his scattered family background and restless childhood, his rocky start in acting, the death of his son, his star-making relationship with director Sydney Pollack, the creation of Sundance, his political activism, his artistic successes and failures, his friendships and romances. This is a candid, surprising portrait of a man whose iconic roles on-screen (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, The Natural) and directorial brilliance (Ordinary People, Quiz Show) have both defined and obscured one of the most celebrated, and, until now, least understood, public figures of our time.
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Debra B.

I'm not completely finished with this book yet. It's been hard going. First off, the narrator sounds a lot like Robert Redford so it's confusing listening to him constantly say "Said Redford" because I feel like he's referring to himself. Secondly, the narrator is truly 'reading' this book. I feel he lacks enthusiasm, although the content of this book is less than exciting. There are so many details and references to peoples names, it became quite tedious. Also, the narrator mispronounces words (To err, pronounced er.) Perhaps this is Robert Redford's life, but this book portrays it as rather dull and unenjoyable.

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Nick B.

I did appreciate what I learned about Redford's personal life and movie career, but I'm honestly disappointed in the book overall. I didn't care to hear so much about his environmental, left leaning causes. I love Hollywood biographies, but Hollywood types are right bashers and it makes for boring reading. I certainly do not recommend this one!

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