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.
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...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?
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.
As an author myself, dyslexic, and ADD, I need something that grabs me. Non-fiction on things of interest to me, educates, & titillates.
I would say, compared to others it would be a 6, but I listen to such a different array of books
same as name of book
YES! I laughed so much. Great stories, and he has the best sense of humor. He is so endearing, just love him even more now!
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.
Caine is funny and self-deprecating. Great stories, incredibly inspiring.
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.
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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