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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

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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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    Deanna R Wong Lynnwood, WA United States 04-23-16
    Deanna R Wong Lynnwood, WA United States 04-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    I've always been such a big fan of Julie Andrews. I really enjoyed this book and Julie is an amazing performer/reader. She's very pleasant to listen to.

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    Cindi 04-17-16
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    I could listen to her all day! Great bio, wonderfully done.👍 Really interesting and unexpected.

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    Karyn M Durham, NC United States 03-21-16
    Karyn M Durham, NC United States 03-21-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting but disappointing somewhat abrupt ending"

    I enjoyed learning about her early years. It was interesting, but I had expected/hoped for a bit more details about the times during the movies that had made her famous. I hate to say it but if someone had said there was only a brief mention of being picked to star in the Mary Poppins movie and going to the US for the filming, just before the book ended, I'm not sure that I would have started with this one. Overall it's a good read to learn about her early life if you know what to expect.

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    Andrea Pike Cincinnati, OH 03-21-16
    Andrea Pike Cincinnati, OH 03-21-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Great, but ends in a bizarre fashion."

    Having Ms. Andrews read her autobiography was like the cherry on the icing on the cake. I liked that she didn't shy away from the difficult parts and was quite candid. The *only* thing I didn't like was that it ended oddly in, what I felt, was the middle of a pretty much event. Other than that, it was nothing short of magical.

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    tiptie USA 03-12-16
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    "SO Endearing "

    Delightfully filled with personal stories of her life as a child in England.
    Then growing as a performer on Broadway with all the many stars.
    Her narration is so uplifting that I felt good just listening to her lilting voice.

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    Nathalie Saint-Marc, QC, Canada 08-06-12
    Nathalie Saint-Marc, QC, Canada 08-06-12 Member Since 2010

    Driving to and from work has never been so enjoyable. Traffic jams are welcome...!

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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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    Ella Quent Canada 07-26-12
    Ella Quent Canada 07-26-12

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    "What's not to like."

    Julie recounts her life with honesty and openness and all in that marvelous speaking voice with crystal clear diction. I only hope that someday there will be a second book that continues where this one left off.

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    C Welcher Los Gatos, CA United States 09-02-11
    C Welcher Los Gatos, CA United States 09-02-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it."

    This was a really captivating listen ??? the story had a rhythm that really kept my interest and made me look forward to my daily commute to work. And, the narration by Julie Andrews was superb.

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    Adam Shields 02-19-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Near perfect"

    This was a near perfect audiobook. The narration by Julie Andrews could not have been better. The restrained by useful additions of some of her music as transition was very good (something I don't normally like.)

    But overall it was just a very charming story of a humble and gracious woman. It only goes through the birth of her first child (just before filming of Mary Poppins) so there is a lot of story left to fill in.

    I am really surprised how much I enjoyed this book. The only complaint is that it might have benefited for about an hour of editing. Overall it was really really good.

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    Pamela Coral Springs, FL, United States 06-04-08
    Pamela Coral Springs, FL, United States 06-04-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful!"

    Wow - I am 42 and grew up with Julie Andrews as Maria and Mary Poppins. I also enjoyed her in Victor Victoria, Ten and many other movies as an adult. I recently and happily watched (and watched) Mary Poppins and Sound of Music with my two young boys. Happily, they also introduced me to her latest movies such as Princess Diaries and Shrek. To hear about about Ms. Andrews' childhold and personal and professional life was a real pleausre and I feel privileged. I had no idea about her history and I loved hearing about every minute. She is truly a strong, gentle, loving and extraordinary human being. I now see a piece of herself in each of her characters. Can't wait for part 2 (and 3 maybe:)

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