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on June 5, 2011
This title is an excellent look at an important transitional era in Hollywood history. It's a very detailed overview of what were perhaps the most critical years in the development of sound films. It covers the early experiments of Edison and other pioneers of the earliest days of movies, moves on to the adversarial joint efforts of Case and DeForest, and culminates in the battles bewteen Vitaphone and Movietone.

This makes an excellent companion piece to A SONG IN THE DARK by Richard Barrios (detailing the birth of the musical film during basically the same time period). This book is very highly recommended. I've recently become more interested in this period of film history, and efforts like this really provide a tresure trove of information. The changeover to sound hasn't been very well-documented in the past, so a book like THE SPEED OF SOUND is greatly appreciated.
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on February 21, 2016
Explanation of how something that would seem very well organized was a haphazard politically influenced progression in our history. And all those beautiful people who just had to look good were found unsuited to this new technology however, some political pay backs were alive and well too. A great book on an exciting and trying time. Very enjoyable.
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on September 20, 2013
Scott Eyman has written a lot of great Hollywood books and this is among his best. This examination of an era that has generated more than its share of myths and misinformation shines a light on the difficult transition from silent films to talkies and how it took its toll on studios, theatres, stars and directors, with a seemingly-equal number losing everything or gaining a fortune due to the new technology. If you're into Hollywood history, this is a great and very detailed account of a pivotal movie transformation.
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on December 27, 2014
Incredibly well written ,full of fascinating stories and as entertaining as John Grisham a total page turner.Scott Eyman is without a doubt of of the best writer on movies and stars his MAYER biography was a must too,can't wait to start His DE MILLE one.
The speed of Sound is definitely one of the best book written about the Business of the cinema.Thank you Mr Eyman
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on October 29, 2015
Cant say enough nice things about this book. Its got a lot of great information about the people places and things involved in the transition from silent to sound. There are great humorous stories and sad narratives of personal loss and failure. It was a great read.
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on May 6, 2014
I purchased the book due to it's technical approach to motion picture sound. I didn't expect the depth that Eyman would provide into the actual history of the times. His combination makes the book very interesting and provides a lot of information on the technical aspects.
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on October 7, 2016
I have read several of Scott Eyman's books... this one is a good read too:)
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on March 18, 2013
The history of the introduction of sound in movies, the rivalry between the two systems of Fox Movietone and Vitaphone and Warner and finally prevailed as one over the other. All were technical difficulties at first and change in the imaging system for the presence of the microphones until today with DTS and other systems. All wonderful book.
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on January 13, 2014
Terrible book, poorly researched, not fact checked, basically a.........(see title of review). I hope this guy never writes another book.
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