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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years | [Julie Andrews]

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

Since her first appearance on screen in Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has played a series of memorable roles that have endeared her to generations. But she has never told the story of her life before fame. Until now.
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Publisher's Summary

Since her first appearance on screen in Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has played a series of memorable roles that have endeared her to generations. But she has never told the story of her life before fame. Until now.

In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie takes her listeners on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America. Her memoir begins in 1935, when Julie was born to an aspiring vaudevillian mother and a teacher father, and takes readers to 1962, when Walt Disney himself saw her on Broadway and cast her as the world's most famous nanny.

Along the way, she weathered the London Blitz of World War II; her parents' painful divorce; her mother's turbulent second marriage to Canadian tenor Ted Andrews; and a childhood spent on radio, in music halls, and giving concert performances all over England.

Julie's professional career began at the age of 12, and in 1948 she became the youngest solo performer ever to participate in a Royal Command Performance before the queen. When only 18, she left home for the United States to make her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend, and thus began her meteoric rise to stardom.

Home is filled with numerous anecdotes, including stories of performing in My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison on Broadway and in the West End, and in Camelot with Richard Burton on Broadway; her first marriage to famed set and costume designer Tony Walton, culminating with the birth of their daughter, Emma; and the call from Hollywood and what lay beyond.

Julie Andrews' career has flourished over seven decades, and her influence spans generations. Today, she lives with her husband of 38 years, the acclaimed writer/director Blake Edwards; they have five children and seven grandchildren.

©2008 Greengage Productions, Inc.; (P)2008 Hyperion

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    Phyllis Hong Kong, Hong Kong 04-14-10
    Phyllis Hong Kong, Hong Kong 04-14-10
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    "Beautiful!"

    Listening to Julie's own narration about her early life is as great a treat as listening to her singing! It is a touching and fascinating memoir by one of the greatest performers that should not be missed!

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    Daniel D. Murray California 07-16-14
    Daniel D. Murray California 07-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Enchanting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Home to be better than the print version?

    Who wouldn't want to be read to by Julie Andrews?!?! Her voice brought such allure and enchantment to the tale.


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

    No — not at all: Why? When I enjoy something, I want it to last. I plan on listening to this more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    How is it possible that she hasn't narrated more books for others, too, apart from her own! She is a born storyteller. She has such storytelling magic: oodles of it. She should do more more narrations: much, much, much more. She's one of the best narrators around.

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    Jessica Providence, UT, United States 07-24-13
    Jessica Providence, UT, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Read by the Author"

    I listened to the audiobook read by Julie Andrews. I hear that the hardcopy has a lot of pictures in it, which would be fun, but listening to Julie Andrews herself tell her story was delightful.

    It surprised me what a rough background she came from. Her early years were not easy, but I enjoyed hearing about how one opportunity led to another. She shares quite a bit about playing Eliza Doolittle and Guinevere with Richard Burton. Also about the live Cinderella production. Fun to hear about what life is like for a Broadway star.

    Her story concludes with the birth of her daughter and flying to California to begin filming for Mary Poppins. An interesting read.

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    Natalie Vane Great Falls, Virginia United States 04-02-13
    Natalie Vane Great Falls, Virginia United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Delightfully narrated tale of Julie's stage intro"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this audiobook to a friend, if that friend likes Julie Andrews. I learned a lot about her life that I wasn't familiar with before, like her Broadway starring role in My Fair Lady.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way Julie Andrews' voice sounds and her genuine revelations, like she's sitting in the room and telling you her memories.


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    Talia TULSA, OK, United States 03-11-13
    Talia TULSA, OK, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Listening to Julie is absolute heaven"

    This is quite possibly the best memoir/autobiography I’ve read on someone in the entertainment business. Definitely right up there with Katharine Hepburn’s “Me.”

    Rather than simply rehash her Hollywood career, Julie Andrews has taken the time and nurtured a book that lovingly details the history of English vaudeville, England itself during World War II and its monarchy and the heydays of Broadway and the West End. Rather than focus solely on herself, she writes about many of the great authors, thinkers, musicians and actors of the 1950 and 1960s.

    What could have easily come across as yet another self-absorbed autobiography, instead reads as a delightful history lesson of sorts spanning England and America. The humble way in which Andrews presents her friendships with Broadway and Hollywood royalty, not to mention her experiences with the British monarchy, illustrates the grace in which she accepts the extraordinary opportunities she has had. Although her career might seem a fairy tale of sorts, this book clearly reveals that it was one forged from hard work and dedication.

    I have always admired Julie Andrews' beautiful singing and her excellent film performances. But after reading this book, I came away with a respect for her as a writer. She has weaved a most-excellent story that never once lost my attention.

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    Erica Irving, TX, United States 02-04-13
    Erica Irving, TX, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I should've paid more attention to "Early.""

    The reading is wonderful, as it couldn't go wrong with that voice. I was wanting to find out more about Blake Edwards, SOB, Marry Poppins...
    I didn't take notice of the "early" in the title and so was somewhat disappointed. It was upsetting to hear of her far from Von Trapp family life.

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    Albert Sinyor 01-05-13
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    "Boring ..............."
    What would have made Home better?

    I enjoyed her movies ....but this story is a boring travelog about everything she did..."everyone was just wonderful"
    Never get to know her or any of the people she worked with ....


    What was most disappointing about Julie Andrews’s story?

    learned nothing about Julie Andrews as a real person with feelings and disapointments...just a litany of her career in boring detail....


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    Amy D York Wilmington, NC USA 10-31-12
    Amy D York Wilmington, NC USA 10-31-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!"
    Where does Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks number one with me! How wonderful to hear Julie speak about her life. It's like sitting down with her in person and having her tell you all her stories. Simply wonderful!


    What other book might you compare Home to and why?

    I'd compare it Carol Burnett's "This Time Together" in that it is honest, endearing, often funny and very inspiring.


    Have you listened to any of Julie Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Everything Julie narrates is top notch. Her famous voice and expressive reading make me want to listen to it over and over again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book touched me is so many different ways it's hard to explain. It made me laugh out loud one minute and cry the next. Julie's ability to just "get on with it" through all circumstances is truly inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    Cannot express how much I love this book and its author! Such wonderful insights into a truly amazing, gifted, talented, inspiring woman.

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    Jane Mastic, NY, United States 08-09-12
    Jane Mastic, NY, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful!"
    What did you love best about Home?

    Hearing Julie's beautiful voice and British accent as she told the story of her early years.


    What other book might you compare Home to and why?

    Carol Burnett's autobiography - reading that one now


    Which character – as performed by Julie Andrews – was your favorite?

    herself


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was deeply touched by her relationship to her Dad, Ted Wells. I admire him so much and was glad for the insight into Julie's feelings about her biological father. My own daughter has politely declined a relationship with her biological father because of the bond she has with her Dad, my incredible husband, who adopted her at the age of six and has been her REAL father ever since.


    Any additional comments?

    I want more! Is Julie writing about the subsequent years?

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    Nathalie Saint-Marc, QC, Canada 08-06-12
    Nathalie Saint-Marc, QC, Canada 08-06-12 Member Since 2008

    I never go jogging (or walking!) without my Audible book!

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    "Music to your ears"

    Ms. Andrews performance is flawless. Perhaps a little monotonous at times but mostly melodious, nonetheless. Besides The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Victor, Victoria, what do you know about her? So many musicals and homes away from home, beginning at such an early age. A truly compelling story.

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