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
...but that's what I thought about this book. Surprisingly candid about his failures as well as his successes, Mr. Caine is a gifted and highly amusing storyteller.
At first I thought he did a lot of name-dropping, but isn't that interesting, too? Who was at at that party? What people did he rub elbows with? It's not a matter of impressing the reader, I realized. And besides, if he had something to comment on about a person, he didn't seem to hold back.
I learned some more about making movies, which fascinates me from a business standpoint.
The most enjoyable book I've heard in some time. Now I can't wait to sample his "first autobiography." I'm already a little disappointed to see it's abridged. Maybe they removed the duplicated parts?
Michael Caine recounting his memoirs in such a warm affectionate way. I thoroughly enjoyed this quick 10 hour listen. So enjoyable it is to hear Michael regale us with stories of old Hollywood and name drop great stories of legends and behind the scenes experiences from much loved movies. particularly charming is when he recounts a funny story and can't surpress a nostalgic chuckle. I laughed and smiled throughout and even had to hold back a tear or two.
Michael Caine created a very intimate sound stage. Reading in his chair at home, and laughing at some of his own stories.
His honesty. It could have been real easy to have had a ghost writer, and just stick to the highlight reel.
You really feel in the room with him as he tells his tale. The way he shifts in his chair from time to time, and doesn't rush through anything Shatner style.
Yes, and no. This is a really good book, and something you don't want to put down but also don't want to finish.
Michael Caine shares some fantastic stories here, such an interesting life in and outside of Hollywood. Very well written and performed, quite charming (which isn't surprising at all).
Loved the entire book and having Caine read it was icing on the cake. Hilarious stories and a personal history I knew nothing about. Very entertaining!
Michael Caine should write more and or narrate more. His stories are fun, and he knows how to keep you wanting more. The gem is to hear him read aloud his books and let this great actor take you off with him to his world and invite you in.
I enjoyed all these stories, and the generously shared thoughts behind them. It made me want to watch several of those movies (mostly it would be "again," but some for the first time). As an American who's an anglophile, I enjoyed the impressions of California and Florida, and I wish there had been even more about the house on the Thames, and English details.
Listening to Mr. Caine tell his story was so enjoyable.
Mr. Caine of course :-)
I loved when Mr. Caine would share an expereince then giggle at the end as he remembered it. Wonderful!
No, I listen during my morning and evening commute.
Michael Caine speaks so honestly and with humor and compassion. By the end I felt like he was an old friend that I treasured.
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