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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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
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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.
Thank God for a mother who read to me all the time. If it were not for her I would not leave the house without an iPod.
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.
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.
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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