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The Elephant to Hollywood Audiobook

The Elephant to Hollywood

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Publisher's Summary

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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    PT PA 03-12-11
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    "I seldom use the word 'delightful'"

    ...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?

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    Chris 09-14-16
    Chris 09-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story of a legend!"

    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.

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    subtitles 06-23-16
    subtitles 06-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A wonderful autobiography"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant to Hollywood to be better than the print version?

    Michael Caine created a very intimate sound stage. Reading in his chair at home, and laughing at some of his own stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His honesty. It could have been real easy to have had a ghost writer, and just stick to the highlight reel.


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

    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.


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

    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.


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    Vinny 06-16-16
    Vinny 06-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Stories!"

    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).

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    Kintaru Concord, CA United States 06-06-16
    Kintaru Concord, CA United States 06-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating insight"

    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!

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    Amazon Customer 04-26-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Typically witty, and enjoyable."

    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.

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    Sandra Dodd 12-18-15
    Sandra Dodd 12-18-15
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    "Personal stories, personally told"

    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.

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    LWC 12-16-15
    LWC 12-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    What made the experience of listening to The Elephant to Hollywood the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Mr. Caine tell his story was so enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Caine of course :-)


    What about Michael Caine’s performance did you like?

    I loved when Mr. Caine would share an expereince then giggle at the end as he remembered it. Wonderful!


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

    No, I listen during my morning and evening commute.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Ireland 11-27-15
    Amazon Customer Ireland 11-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I now know Michael Caine the person"

    maybe it should be all 5 stars but I have nothing to compare it to

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    Kbkcord New York, NY United States 07-14-15
    Kbkcord New York, NY United States 07-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful! I'm so sorry it ended! "

    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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