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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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.
His lovable accent and personality.
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).
Nothing comes to mind
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.
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.
Just love the anecdotes
I did but only because I didn't want to stop
Funny and a joy
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.
I did not read the print version, but I enjoyed Michael Caine's reading his own words.
I liked the whole book.
I listen while driving to and from work daily. It is perfect, and it helps me keep to the speed limit.
It is like having a conversation with Michael Caine....a wonderful and insightful ride. His insights and stories are delightful. A life well lived.
I'm not one to clamor for celeb "tell alls" or autobiographies, but I was looking for a change of pace and thought, why not? I really enjoyed this book. I'm too young to remember Mr Caine's earlier movies, but I found his humility refreshing and the stories he tells interesting and funny. My favorite part of the book, however, was listening to him laugh as he retold humorous anecdotes from his past. It just adds a charm to the book that made for a nice listen.
This was a really good book from start to finish. I love Michael Caine's sense of humor as he relates events in his life.... he doesn't whitewash the events of his life, he just tells it like it was. His narration is splendid.
With a surprising talent for mimicry, a winning and warm personality and with dramatic stories to tell, one of Britain's best actors has quickly become one of my all-time favorite narrators.
The opening sections about his childhood in "The Elephant" and World War 2 are more than enough to make the book a must. As with a favorite guest, Michael Caine never tires and appears to enjoy hearing the stories as much as telling them.
Don't miss this. Then get ready to go back to some films you may have missed, or may want to enjoy again.
Just like his first book "What's It All About" this is a wonderful read, except this time I had the pleasure of Michael Caine as the storyteller. And what a wonderful story teller he is. His stories of the changing Hollywood miovie business along with entertaining tales of the Hollywood he first knew are the core of thiis book. The heartbeat is his candor about his attitude toward movie stardom. If you are looking for a biography of a movie star this is not your book, this is the story of a working actor who has mastered his craft on film and as the author of his own story.
I must confess to having a crush on Michael Caine since I was 18 and fell in love with him in 1966 when I saw him in the Ipcress File. No James Bond for me, Harry Palmer was my man. And Michael Caine still is.
I heard Caine interviewed on Fresh Air and the book is as much fun as promised. It was a great pleasure to listen to his distinctive voice on a long car ride. From "Alfie" onward Michael Caine has contributed so much to film and popular culture, he deserves to be honored and loved.
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