There and Back Again

  • by Sean Astin, Joe Layden
  • Narrated by Sean Astin
  • 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Lord of the Rings is one of the most successful film franchises in cinematic history. Breaking box office records worldwide, capturing numerous Academy Awards, the trilogy is a breathtaking cinematic achievement and beloved by fans everywhere. For Sean Astin, the call from his agent about the role of Samwise Gamgee couldn't have come at a better time. His career was at a low point and choice roles were hard to come by. But his 18-month experience in New Zealand with director Peter Jackson and the cast and crew of The Lord of the Rings films would be more than simply a dream come true, it would prove to be the challenge of a lifetime.
Though much has been written about the making of the films, the real story of what took place on the set, the harrowing ordeals of the actors and the unspoken controversy and backstage dealings have never been told. More than a companion guide to the Rings films, There and Back Again is filled with stories from the set and of the actors involved that have never before been revealed; an eye-opening look at the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the making of one of the most ambitious films of all time.


What the Critics Say

"The book succeeds as a brutally frank, hard-hitting portrait of the film business. Astin shoots from the hip, frequently offending people with his contentious viewpoints....Astin comes across as a complex personality, courageous, impulsive, loving, abrasive, and these contradictory qualities make him an arresting centerpiece for a Hollywood story." ( Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Really interesting and insightful listen at an actors journey into a major franchise. As a junior film producer myself it is always useful to understand the perspectives of multiple stakeholders in the process.
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- Amazon Customer

Very funny story

I enjoyed the story and it was interesting to see how Sean interacted with the other stars and with the crew.
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- Jane Morris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2004
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio