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My wife found this one for me since she knows I'm such a LOTR fan. It was a nice supprise since I had no idea the guy even wrote a book. We listened to it on a road trip and I was immediately swept up in the narritive. I found Seans story to be absolutely facinating!! If you loved the movies and particulary if you loved Sam you will really enjoy this book. Seans humility, honesty and openeness about his experiences in making the movies go far beyond what I expected to find. I finished it in two sittings. Bravo Sean!! Great book!!!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
As a tremendous fan of the books for the past 17 years, and the movies since they came out, I was very excited to see this book. I've been fascinated by all of the stories related on the DVDs about the making of the films and the rapport between the cast (and crew), and was hoping for more of the same from "There and Back Again".
As it turns out, this book is not about the making of the Lord of the Rings...it's about Sean Astin. It's about his life story, and his trials and triumphs throughout his career and during the making of these movies. Unfortunately, Sean Astin has a tendency to sometimes come across as a bit whiny and self-centered. I got the impression that he is a rather high-maintenance sort of person, who likes to think of himself as low-maintenance and easy going. A lot of this tendency would be toned down by closer editing, especially of the material that is not related to the Lord of the Rings (given that the book is marketed as a "making of" story).
That said, I did gain additional perspective on the movie experience and the personalities involved, as well as insight into the experience of growing up in a show-biz family. I'm glad I read the book, but I wish I'd bought it in paperback (or borrowed it from the library!) instead of paying for the hardcover.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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.
I enjoyed the story and it was interesting to see how Sean interacted with the other stars and with the crew.