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Life Moves Pretty Fast Audiobook

Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (and Why We Don't Learn Them from Movies Any More)

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Publisher's Summary

Hadley Freeman brings us her personalised guide to American movies from the 1980s - why they are brilliant, what they meant to her, and how they influenced movie-making forever.

For Hadley Freeman, American moves of the 1980s have simply got it all. Comedy in Three Men and a Baby, Hannah and Her Sisters, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Trading Places; all a teenager needs to know in Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Say Anything, The Breakfast Club, and Mystic Pizza; the ultimate in action: Top Gun, Die Hard, Young Sherlock Holmes, Beverly Hills Cop, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; love and sex in 9 ½ Weeks, Splash, About Last Night, The Big Chill, and Bull Durham; and family fun in The Little Mermaid, ET, Big, Parenthood, and Lean On Me.

Born in the late 1970s, Hadley grew up on a well-rounded diet of these movies; her entire view of the world, adult relations, and expectations of what her life might hold was forged by these cult classics.

In this personalised guide, she puts her obsessive movie geekery to good use, detailing the decades key players, genres and tropes, and how exactly the friendship between Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi influenced the evolution of comedy. She looks back to a cinematic world in which bankers are invariably evil, despite this being the decade of Wall Street, where children are always wiser than adults, and science is embraced with an intense enthusiasm, and the future viewed with excitement.

She considers how the changes between movies then and movies today say so much about pop culture's and society's changing expectations of women, young people and art, and explains why Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles should be put on school syllabuses immediately.

©2015 Hadley Freeman (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Freeman manages to be both scathing and serious about being awesome in a way no British writer could ... The writing is fresh, original. It is tempting to gorge on this collection at breakneck speed. But it works better as a series of witty polemics on women's place in society" (Observer)
"Reading this memoir-cum-conversation is like sitting in a pub with a group of girlfriends, setting the world to rights and suddenly becoming aware of another group talking about the same issues - hair removal, abortion, the tyranny of tiny knickers, the state of female sexuality - only they are more raucous, cooler, ruder and more intellectually engaged" (Sunday Times)
"Freeman writes with real passion and cold fury ... and she writes warmly and kindly about dating, sex and how to cope when all your friends suddenly disappear into the baby-making void ... it's good to know you have someone that fearless, funny and - yes - awesome in your corner" (Stylist Magazine, Book Wars)
"Though angry she is rueful, though witty she admits her complicity. Fiercely she recommends books, films, female role models, sexual attitudes and nutritional advice to women marching along the high road towards redemption" (The Times)

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    Beccameriel London, United Kingdom 16/12/2015
    Beccameriel London, United Kingdom 16/12/2015 Member Since 2011

    Fan of urban fantasy & Victorian gothic especially set in London. Oh, and Georgette Heyer.

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    "Funny and insightful"

    This book really resonates with me as someone who grew up in the 80s. It's funny and sometimes moving - finally meeting Wesley! - and mostly spot on although not including The SureThing, aka the greatest John Cusack film of all time, is a glaring omission.

    Her analysis of Dirty Dancing was a bit of a revelation; I hadn't thought about it in those terms before.

    I wish Hadley was narrating her own book as she was great on Be Awesome. However Cassandra Harwood does a fine job.

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    Eastendelle London 16/04/2016
    Eastendelle London 16/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "As fun as title makes it sound and yet insightful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Life Moves Pretty Fast to be better than the print version?

    I have not used the print version - its bit idiotic to ask on an audiobook website?


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a non fiction book - it was also the first I bought upon the recommendation of another Audible user (whose review you can also find on the page) and I am glad I did - It was entertaining, mood uplifting and thought provoking as well.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Harwood – was your favourite?

    The book is divided in chapters that more or less focus on one or two movies at the time - it makes more sense when you have either seen the movie or used to it being a reference, even if only in jokes. The narrator is very good, it makes you feel like having a good chat in a pub rather than a monocord recording.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was struck by how considerate the building of women characters were in 80s movie and how that element was what made me feel good or like them in a way that current movies seldom do. the author presented a convincing case on this particular topic, not just opinion based.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book on movies and women in movies for everyone interested in either of those. One of the gem I found as an audiobook that I might not have picked up in print.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 02/03/2016
    Kelly 02/03/2016 Member Since 2014

    Book nerd. Cake botherer. I once saw Hilary Mantel outside Spar.

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    "Outstanding!"

    I'm the same age as Hadley Freeman and so much of this book resonated with me. It's a wonderful love letter to a cinema age that has gone for good, and also a fascinating insight in to some of the issues covered by these films. I highly recommend this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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