The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece: A novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2023
15 hours 57 minutes
From the legendary actor and best-selling author: a novel about the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film...and the humble comic books that inspired it. Funny, touching, and wonderfully thought-provoking, while also capturing the changes in America and American culture since World War II.

'Wild, ambitious and exceptionally enjoyable.' —Matt Haig, best-selling author The Midnight Library, The Humans and Reasons to Stay Alive

Part One of this story takes place in 1947. A troubled soldier, returning from the war, meets his talented five-year-old nephew, leaves an indelible impression, and then disappears for twenty-three years.

Cut to 1970: The nephew, now drawing underground comic books in Oakland, California, reconnects with his uncle and, remembering the comic book he saw when he was five, draws a new version with his uncle as a World War II fighting hero. 

Cut to the present day: A commercially successful director discovers the 1970 comic book and decides to turn it into a contemporary superhero movie.

Cue the cast: We meet the film’s extremely difficult male star, his wonderful leading lady, the eccentric writer/director, the producer, the gofer production assistant, and everyone else on both sides of the camera.

Bonus material: Interspersed throughout are three comic books that are featured in the story—all created by Tom Hanks himself—including the comic book that becomes the official tie-in to this novel’s 'major motion picture masterpiece.'

*Includes a downloadable PDF of the comics from the book and a QR code for access to the original screenplay of Knightshade: The Lathe of Firefall
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Hanks’s foray into fiction has the density, length, and character list worthy of a Dickens or Dostoyevsky—-but with none of the forethought or skill. Disjointed and rudderless, fraught with editorial flaws, this one leaves the reader perpetually confused and ultimately bored. Skip it.

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Chris A.

This was a fascinating book. I especially appreciated Hank's having the story span decades.

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Katherine schweit

A bit slow to start but then a real enjoyable story. Highly recommended. Good characters and fun story that seems real, making it a bit more fun.

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Elmer S.

Fantastic... Wonderful read... Felt like a fly on the wall of Insider Hollywood... Making a Motion Picture Masterpiece. Magnificent. So glad I listened to Tom Hanks tell the story. Enhanced my experience. 5 Star review

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Norma U.

generally good - for learning about movies

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Reno J.

Easy and very useful

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