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We Don't Need Roads

The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy
Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (315 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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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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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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  • Ed
  • 10-31-15

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
  • United States
  • 10-26-15

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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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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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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  • JVV
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My favorite film

I learned a lot from this book. I had heard most of this before but this is well worth a credit.

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Secrets Revealed!

After having read many articles about BTTF this book is a must have enclopedia of all things about the world of BTTF. I learned many things I did not know prior and it's definitely worth a listen to!

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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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An Amazing Collection Of Hollywood & Future Facts!

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

Yes. To get to hear all the backstories and history of the various players.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Everyone. Learning what they went through and the hoop jumping it took to bring a fan favorite to the screen was the best. Everyone loves Hollywood secrets. This book has a ton!

Have you listened to any of Ron Butler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I know of.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"From Pillar To Post - The Ups & Downs of Making The Back To The Future Series".

Any additional comments?

A great addition to other books about Zemeckis, Spielberg, Universal, and Hollywood.