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The Elephant to Hollywood | [Michael Caine]

The Elephant to Hollywood

Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act. When he was in his late 50s, Michael Caine believed his Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was one of the most radical comebacks in film history.
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Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act.

When he was in his late 50s, Michael Caine believed his glamorous, rags-to-riches Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. When one script really disappointed, he called the producer to complain about the part. The producer said, "No, no, we don't want you for the lover, we want you for the father."

Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was not only an incredible personal transformation but also one of the most radical comebacks in film history. Learning to accept his new role both on camera and in his own life, Caine went on to win his second Oscar, be knighted by the queen, and deliver some of his best performances to date.

Now he shares the spectacular story of his life, from his humble upbringing in London's poverty-stricken Elephant and Castle, his military service, touching marriage and family life, and lively adventures with friends, to legendary meetings with fellow stars, forays as a restaurateur, and hilarious off-screen encounters from his glittering five-decade career. Caine brings his gift for storytelling and his insider's view to a tale that is funny, warm, and deeply honest.

©2010 Michael Caine Business (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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    Ann Cavallier 04-27-14 Listener Since 2008
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    "So lovely...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant to Hollywood to be better than the print version?

    Audio must be superior to print—though I didn't read the book, only listened to it—because Michael Caine himself narrates. You get to hear his gorgeous voice, and his laugh when he cracks himself up.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Caine is funny and self-deprecating. Great stories, incredibly inspiring.


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    Litlepapoose United States 02-12-14
    Litlepapoose United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Likeable guy with great story."

    Perhaps it's because he is an actor, but the narration is superb. This book made me smile, laugh and thouroughly enjoy myself. I did not know much about Caine before this book, and I definitely respect him more and view him in a different light after reading this book. Worth every penny or worth the credit to buy it. Definitely worth a listen.

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    Colvin Louisville, KY, United States 11-29-13
    Colvin Louisville, KY, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Michael Caine tells his life story"

    Michael Caine gives his most personal and heartwarming performance yet as he tells his life story, and what a story it is. Rising out of poverty to become a beloved movie star who's life's work has touched millions. If you have enjoyed Mr. Caine's films and characters you will love his story and no one is more qualified to tell it than Michael himself.

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    Mary augusta, GA, United States 05-10-13
    Mary augusta, GA, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2011

    Thank God for a mother that read to all the time. Now I can not go anywhere without iPod and headphones. Books allow me to be an armchair traveler, student and audience.

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    "Michael Caine. Eleoquent"

    I enjoyed the book The Hollywood. There are a lot of great stories mentioning familiar and famous movie stars, Cary Grant among them. Michael Caine is as entertaining in the audio book as he is on film. I listened to this book during a run of insomnia and I could not only hear him smiling but visualize him there talking to me. You will not learn anything new or scandalous here. You will be entertained by a great actor telling great stories.


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    melrailey Georgia, United States 09-30-12
    melrailey Georgia, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Like Having Tea with Michael Caine"

    So, I really stepped out of my usual reading with this audiobook but I heard an interview with Michael Caine talking about this memoir and he's just such a joy to listen to that I thought I'd give it a shot. It was definitely worth the credit. Caine is such an engaging person. He doesn't get mean or ugly with any person and I'm sure with as long as he's been in Hollywood, he could tell some stories that would make people look bad. He's a class act and exactly how I imagine a real knight would be in his elder years. On top of that, Caine does a wonderful job narrating the story. It's like you're sitting in his living room, drinking tea and eating scones and he's telling you stories. I loved it.

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    Gail United States 08-19-12
    Gail United States 08-19-12
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    "Michael Caine fans will love this book."
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    It is great to hear Michael Caine telling his own story. He shares many stories about his now famous friends and talks about all my favorite Caine movies (The Man Who Would Be King, Death Trap, etc...). I love the story of how he met his wife and their ongoing love story. The anecdotes about being on location and the various parts he has played make me want to revisit each movie. And it doesn't hurt that Michael still has that sexy voice!

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    jordan Richmond, VA, United States 05-30-12
    jordan Richmond, VA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "His Voice alone is worth it."
    If you could sum up The Elephant to Hollywood in three words, what would they be?

    If you enjoy Michael Cane , you will love this book. I downloaded simply because he was reading it and loved it all the way to the end.


    What does Michael Caine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His lovable accent and personality.


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    Okie 05-23-12
    Okie 05-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic!"
    What did you love best about The Elephant to Hollywood?

    This book takes you back in time to follow the career of an actor who I believe is under appreciated by my generation (born in the 70's).


    What other book might you compare The Elephant to Hollywood to and why?

    Nothing comes to mind


    What about Michael Caine???s performance did you like?

    It's like you are having a conversation with Michael Caine and he is telling you stories from his past. You can feel his passion.


    Any additional comments?

    This autobiography takes you back in time to Hollywood when things were simpler and more complicated. I now want to go back and watch some of Michael's earlier works that put him on the map. This was truly a joy to listen to. I hope audible comes out with an unabridged version of Michael Caine's first autobiography, What's It All About.

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    Claire Raleigh, NC, United States 04-24-12
    Claire Raleigh, NC, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Honest and funny"
    Where does The Elephant to Hollywood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just love the anecdotes


    What does Michael Caine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Absolutely


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did but only because I didn't want to stop


    Any additional comments?

    Funny and a joy

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    Saralena Naugatuck, CT, United States 04-10-12
    Saralena Naugatuck, CT, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I love books and I don't like to listen to the radio on the way to work. Now I can listen to books instead! I am in heaven.

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    "I loved the first book, and I love this one too!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant to Hollywood to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but I enjoyed Michael Caine's reading his own words.


    What other book might you compare The Elephant to Hollywood to and why?

    None.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the whole book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen while driving to and from work daily. It is perfect, and it helps me keep to the speed limit.


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