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  • We Don't Need Roads

  • The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy
  • Written by: Caseen Gaines
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Long before Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled through time in a flying DeLorean, director Robert Zemeckis and his friend and writing partner Bob Gale worked tirelessly to break into the industry with a hit. For the first time ever, the story of how these two young filmmakers struck lightning is being told by those who witnessed it. We Don't Need Roads includes original interviews with Zemeckis, Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and over 50 others who contributed to one of the most popular and profitable film trilogies of all time. With a focus not only on the movies but also on the lasting impact of the franchise and its fandom, We Don't Need Roads is the ultimate audiobook for anyone who has ever wanted to ride a hoverboard, hang from the top of a clock tower, travel through the space-time continuum, or find out what really happened to Eric Stoltz after the first six weeks of filming.

©2015 Caseen Gaines (P)2015 Tantor

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  • Pete Johns
  • 2015-06-25

Great for fans - good for others.

Back to the Future fans will love this and most likely devour it in s day or two like me.

Casual readers will also enjoy the stories and tidbits of information.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-03-06

A brown nosed account of making of BTTF.

summarize: like Back to the Future is the greatest thing ever. note sarcasm.

I have read or listened to 20 or 30 books on filmmaking, Recollections of the cast or crew. this book just was too sappy and sweet.

there was such opportunity to really express some of the intricacies that really made these movies magnificent. But the authors nose was so Brown that it makes it seem like a Lulu produced self-congratulatory book. it wasn't very fun.

save the 12 bucks.

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  • Chelsea
  • 2017-04-15

Entertaining but little depth or insight.

narrator was good. content was what you would expect from an author who basically amounts to a fan. Entertaining if you are also a fan but very limited in any kind of depth. Author says even less about the sequels than he does about the original, and is very easy and apologetic about the franchise's faults and imperfections.

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  • Steve Vaughan
  • 2016-02-14

This is GEEKY stuff.........

Would you listen to We Don't Need Roads again? Why?

Yes, I might very well go back and listen to this again because...it's Geeky stuff. I never realized how much of a geek I was!! And there is such an abundance of Geeky Stuff That I'm afraid I may have missed something.

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  • Dave W.
  • 2015-11-19

Everything you wanted to know about the trilogy

Where does We Don't Need Roads rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's non-fiction.

Which scene was your favorite?

No real scenes, It's non-fiction.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

The author is clearly a fan of the movies and does a good job conveying their impact on popular culture and society. Good stories from behind the scenes. This makes a good companion to the "Back In Time" documentary that recently came out.

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  • Ed
  • 2015-10-31

Touches On All Aspects of Groundbreaking Trilogy

What other book might you compare We Don't Need Roads to and why?

Street Gang by Michael Davis is a similar book as both examine ALL aspects of the creation of modern touchstones of popular culture.

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  • Dave
  • 2015-10-26

Worth the listen, for ever level of fan

The book is a great read/listen with tons of interesting facts and analysis. I loved every second. I just wished it was longer. 4.5 over.

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  • Simone
  • 2015-10-24

Great behind the scenes fun!

I love the BTTF trilogy! This book is the perfect complement to any mega-fan like me.

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  • Howard_a
  • 2022-09-12

Great information about Back to the Future

This is a very enjoyable book about the making of the Back to the Future trilogy. I grabbed the box set to enjoy these movies again. I love the fact that they talk about some of the details that I missed back when I saw them in the 80’s. I love the technical details on making the movies too. Great experience!

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  • Ted C.
  • 2022-02-02

Fan and Film School Required Listening

This audiobook is excellent. The perfect mix of facts, trivia, insider knowledge, industry considerations, personal stories, background, marketing, cultural impact... Five Stars on all fronts. Better than I expected, a great listen.