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Like Brothers

Narrated by: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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Summary

The multitalented writers, directors, producers, and actors (as seen on The League, Transparent, and The Mindy Project) share the secrets of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir.  

"A book that anyone will love... You can enjoy it even if you have no idea who the Duplass brothers are." [Janet Maslin, The New York Times ("17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer")]

Whether producing, writing, directing, or acting, the Duplass Brothers have made their mark in the world of independent film and television on the strength of their quirky and empathetic approach to storytelling. Now, for the first time, Mark and Jay take listeners on a tour of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir told in essays that share the secrets of their success, the joys and frustrations of intimate collaboration, and the lessons they've learned the hard way.

From a childhood spent wielding an oversize home video camera in the suburbs of New Orleans to their shared years at the University of Texas in early '90s Austin, and from the breakthrough short they made on a three-dollar budget to the night their feature film Baghead became the center of a Sundance bidding war, Mark and Jay tell the story of a bond that's resilient, affectionate, mutually empowering, and only mildly dysfunctional. They are brutally honest about how their closeness sabotaged their youthful romantic relationships, about the jealousy each felt when the other stole the spotlight as an actor (Mark in The League, Jay in Transparent), and about the challenges they faced on the set of their HBO series Togetherness - namely, too much togetherness. 

But Like Brothers is also a surprisingly practical road map to a rewarding creative partnership. Rather than split all their responsibilities 50-50, the brothers learned to capitalize on each other's strengths. They're not afraid to call each other out, because they're also not afraid to compromise. Most relationships aren't - and frankly shouldn't be - as intense as Mark and Jay's, but their brand of trust, validation, and healthy disagreement has taken them far. 

Part coming-of-age memoir, part underdog story, and part insider account of succeeding in Hollywood on their own terms, Like Brothers is as openhearted and lovably offbeat as Mark and Jay themselves.

"Wright. Ringling. Jonas. I'm sure you could name a bunch of famous brother teams. They're all garbage compared to Mark and Jay. I can't wait for you to read this book." (From the foreword by Mindy Kaling)

©2018 Jay and Mark Duplass (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"Mark and Jay Duplass are not just brothers, kind of like their book is not just a memoir.... The book playfully darts between essays, pop-culture tributes and self-help tips.... What sets Like Brothers apart...is the uncanny bond between its authors.... Like Brothers is ultimately a fascinating window into the creative process, showing the complexities that come with being so inextricably linked." (USA Today)   

“In my next life I’d like to come back as a Duplass Brother. But until then I’ll just enjoy their hilarious, insightful book.” (Judd Apatow)

"A likable memoir of how Jay and Mark Duplass blazed their idiosyncratic trail, and an inspiring how-to guide." (The New York Times Book Review)

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nothing exciting.

great narration by the authors. I'm a Duplass brother fan but this book didn't move me like the movies they make. worth reading though.

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An essential listen for filmmakers.

Listening to Mark and Jay talk about the creative struggle on their way to becoming an Indie Film Powerhouse is beyond inspiring. To hear who they got frustrated, procrastinated but eventually pushed through and broke into the film industry leaves the listener with an overall feeling of hope and aspiration.

Listening to them talk about their dynamic as a duo and the conflicts and misconceptions that lie within that lay the groundwork for some great advice on how to be an effective collaborator.

A must trader for filmmakers at all levels.

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  • AEC
  • 24-05-18

Love, love, love!

I love, love, loved this book! Audio version must be heard. Hearing Jay and Mark's voices, telling their story, in my humble opinion is the only way. A former (possible once again in the future through the inspiration of this book) film and television artist myself, AND also having an older brother about the same years apart (except I'm the younger sister). This book was both incredibly relatable and gouged my heart in a way for which I can not find the words. My brother passed away at 40. But the stories of the Duplass brother's childhood, felt like we had lived in a parallel universe of parallel siblinghood, at that time. The dynamics of my family were quite different, so me at 14 and my brother at 17.5, were geographically separated (ripped apart) as my parents divorced. Had things gone differently, and always in my dreams, our sibling love for each other would have been able to navigate and conquer the distance and life/family dynamics, to have turned out in a similar manner as these 2 brothers. Instead of the darkened path we both struggled up and down for the next 20 years. From a business, dreams, and parntership stand point, (once we found our paths making sense again, and our siblinghood back in balance) things were beginning to bubble. Then my brother got sick. But I have digressed. This is supposed to be a review about Like Brothers. Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing and reading aloud, this book. Not only did it touch me in a way that is surely unique. It was wonderful, heart warming, and hopeful to hear 2 boys and 2 men, brothers, saying I love you to each other, nurturing each other in brotherhood, friendship, and as business partners, whilst struggling, growing, changing and ultimately attaining their dreams. I learned so much from this book. Both about the trials, tribulations, tips & tricks and thoughtful advice of being, surviving and becoming a successful artist. And about relationships. Tearful but also joyful memories of my sibling relationship and so much more that I will work to carry with me into all of my relationships. I will undoubtedly listen to this book over and over and over again. Something I mostly only do with watching movies. My deep heartfelt appreciation to you both, for giving the gift of your book.
-Amy

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  • Ciombarli M
  • 06-08-18

These guys are AMAZING!

I am inspired every single time I listen to this book--- and yes, I have listened to it several times. These guys are down to earth and innovative!

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  • Theodore
  • 28-05-20

love Brothers

I love these guys. Now I want to watch all of their movies!! treat yourself.

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  • Matthew S. Hanover
  • 26-05-20

Best ever.

Heard about the book on a podcast, bought instantly, listened immediately. Their reading makes it truly unique and touching. Did not know their story. Loved it.

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  • lasirene
  • 25-05-20

A must listen!!

Even if you are a girl/woman, especially if you are married to a man, who has brothers...if you have brothers, if you are a creative, or interested in the creative process...for all of these reasons and more it’s a must listen/read.

These two brothers are engaged in the most honest and loving relationship and make you long to create a loving kindness, trusting, beautiful relationship of your own with your siblings.

I finished this book just a short time ago and I miss them already! The Duplass brothers are a rare breed of men, they are deeply lovable and very very funny.

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  • Gaucho
  • 12-05-20

Like Brothers is a fun ride

This is a great listen for anyone who enjoys interesting family dynamics, creative storytelling, and hearing how two innovative minds work so closely together to “make it” in the impossible world of Hollywood movies and TV. An honest and earnest telling, in both main characters’ voices, plus a few extras, their story pulls you in and brings you along to experience their inventive and original process.

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  • Daniel Martinez
  • 27-04-20

read if you're a fan or are an indie film fan

At first I didn't like the format of this book. i wanted insight into a filmmakers perspective. I wanted to know tips and tricks. Then they started sharing these little short stories that I didn't understand if they were for possible films that turned out to be people watching .

But then I started to listen and understand . this book is about their dynamic . Their creative process . but most of all their unbreakable, although be it codependent at times, special bond between each other. You're not just getting a somewhat biographic story you are getting their unique voices share their story that you begin to understand how the characters are created. they're just talented and grounded and know how to keep a book interesting . I did get my tips and tricks through their actions they did when getting their films made but also a look of other things happen once you do get into the movie business. What kind of machine Hollywood is and how to navigate through it. this is a good book definitely recommend it . its just a little slow going up the hill

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  • Blair C Lindley
  • 17-03-20

Love the brotherly dynamic

These two work so beautifully well together. Unbelievable storytellers, even with the most mundane of tales. Loved every minute of it.

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  • A. Sharp
  • 16-12-19

Astonishing

Anyone involved in a collaborative creative endeavor should read this book. But listening to it is even better.

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  • david Cowan
  • 28-06-19

Awkward and weird

I really wanted to like this book, but it was really confusing to listen to and overall awkward.