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A full-speed-ahead oral history of the nearly two-decade making of the cultural phenomenon Mad Max: Fury Road - with more than 130 new interviews with key members of the cast and crew, including Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, and director George Miller, from the pop culture reporter for The New York Times, Kyle Buchanan.

It won six Oscars and has been hailed as the greatest action film ever, but it is a miracle Mad Max: Fury Road ever made it to the screen…or that anybody survived the production. The story of this modern classic spanned nearly two decades of wild obstacles as visionary director George Miller tried to mount one of the most difficult shoots in Hollywood history.

Production stalled several times, stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron clashed repeatedly in the brutal Namib Desert, and Miller’s crew engineered death-defying action scenes that were among the most dangerous ever committed to film. Even accomplished Hollywood figures are flummoxed by the accomplishment: As the director Steven Soderbergh has said, “I don’t understand how they’re not still shooting that film, and I don’t understand how hundreds of people aren’t dead.”

Kyle Buchanan takes listeners through every step of that moviemaking experience in vivid detail, from Fury Road’s unexpected origins through its outlandish casting process to the big-studio battles that nearly mutilated a masterpiece. But he takes the deepest dive in reporting the astonishing facts behind a shoot so unconventional that the film’s fantasy world began to bleed into the real lives of its cast and crew. As they fought and endured in a wasteland of their own, the only way forward was to have faith in their director’s mad vision. But how could Miller persevere when almost everything seemed to be stacked against him?

With hundreds of exclusive interviews and details about the making of Fury Road, listeners will be left with one undeniable conclusion: There has never been a movie so drenched in sweat, so forged by fire, and so epic in scope.

Read by Fred Berman, Aspen Vincent, Dan Bittner, Derek Perkins, Eva Kaminsky, Fiona Hardingham, Gary Furlong, George Newbern, Ione Butler, Jason Culp, Jeff Gurner, Katherine Littrell, Leon Nixon, Lisa Flanagan, Malk Williams, Michael Crouch, Polly Lee, Ralph Lister, Robin Miles, Samuel Roukin, and Will M. Watt

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Kyle Buchanan (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Incredible

A great recounting of one of the greatest movies of all time. It’s a miracle that it even exists. Last great action film.

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Technical info worth the read

Good read wether you've seen the film or not. The tech stuff is great.

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So much fun

Really takes you on the journey behind the scenes of the entire filmmaking experience. I’ve never read a book quite like this, and will be going back to re-watch Fury Road!

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just amazing

this movie is amazing and crazy and beyond entertaining. it made me rewatch mad max for the 4th time

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Needs More Doof

One of the best oral histories of the making of Fury Road that I've ever listened to. Definitely in the top five.

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A fun and insightful experience.

The well written words came to life with insight to another story behind Fury Road.

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  • 05-26-22

Excellent fun ride

I love all the different readers - thought it might be too much but you start to recognize the voices. What an adventure! Makes you really appreciate everything that went into the production. Definitely rewatching the movie now!

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A Must Listen for Film Buffs

A filmmaking odyssey as compelling as the movie itself (which is one of the greatest action movies in the history of film). The multiple narrators do such a great job that it felt like I was hearing the stories told by the people who were there.

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Great perspectives, some goofy voice overs

Very interesting story, especially if you are a movie buff, interviews with much of the cast and crew. Loved it

The voiceovers for the interviews are goofy as they try and impersonate the actor/crew and it sound a little absurd. Esp "Tom Hardy", "Zoe Kravitz", and any Australian.

But didn't bother me that much, if anything it made it entertaining. Highly recommend!

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Fascinating but...

Great content and I get the need to separate the many contributors with an approximation of their native accents but those fake Aussie accents were Simpsons-level terrible, and then those South African ones....why oh why.!?

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  • 03-10-22

Good book - Terrible Accents

Really interesting read but the accents are appallingly bad - whoever tried to voice Tom Hardy as a mockney - it’s like a bad comedy skit as are some of the American attempts at doing Australian and South African…

A nice read but some seriously hilarious voice work!!!

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  • 04-24-22

Amazing what the production went through!

I’ve recently revisited Fury Road while taking time with this book. You can literally see the blood, sweat and tears that went into it. This book is an entertaining insight into the hell behind the scenes and the victory for all that is one of the most ambitious and entertaining action movies ever made!

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  • 03-21-22

The greatest film of all time with a book to match

Fantastic detailing of what is arguably one of the greatest movies of all time.

It's well researched with warts and all on display.

Various Voice actors used to represent those part of the production and otherwise so its great and easy to follow.

A must read.

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  • Mr Paul Bromley
  • 03-19-22

You'd be Mad to Miss out on this

Finished this in two days. Absolutely awsome. Love the film You'll LOVE this The behind the scenes memories of of every key player in its production. The struggle to make one of the greatest against all the odds.

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  • 03-16-22

WITNESSS!!!

A fascinating story, told by the people involved and brought to life by good voice actors.

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  • 03-10-22

Really interesting if you're into film

Very interesting stories but some of the cast were sub-par. especially the person voicing Tom Hardy, sounded like a parody rather than an actual British person.

Great to hear how it all came together and the journey to just get the film done. Def one for fans of the film itself and of filmmaking

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  • 03-07-22

Ambitious movie, ambitious audiobook

I’ve never listened to an audiobook so quickly - I couldn’t put this down.
There are some audiobooks with multiple narrators, but hearing so many voices in a single production is glorious, seemingly every interviewee providing a real voice enactment.
I’ve never known such care put into the recording of an audiobook - truly a feat to rival the movie itself : )
Hyperbolic experiences all round! What a lovely day

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-22

Excellent book!

If you’re a fan of this movie / movie production then you will love this book!

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  • 03-05-22

No need for accents

Everything is great except for what feel like unnecessary accents. Someone aping Tom Hardy’s voice isn’t needed.