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
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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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.
I had just finished Carol Burnett's book when I started this one...I don't believe I gave Julie the attention she was due, since I was disappointed with the content due to my own comparisons to Carol's bio. Carol is a comedian, and Julie a singer/actress...why would I compare them to each other? I shouldn't! Julie uses her sweet, somewhat slow reading voice...I love listening to her voice and accent, but in order to make it through the entire book without sleeping through it, I had to listen while at work. Carol is a riot, and her book included excerpts, not a play-by-play accounting of her life. Julie included details, and while I loved hearing about her life...it was a bit slow for my liking.
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:)
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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