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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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    Linda Colorado Springs, CO, United States 01-03-17
    Linda Colorado Springs, CO, United States 01-03-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful Memoir"

    This is a charming and candid memoir of Julie Andrews that concludes with the time most of her fans would know her - when she moved to America to be Mary Poppins. The fabulous book is made even more wonderful by being delivered by her as the reader. If you love Julie Andrews, you'll love her even more after hearing this book.

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    Kelly McCullough 12-13-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Lovely"

    Lovely story of Julie ' s early life and career. I wanted it to continue to the present. Julie is a wonderful narrator. Definitely worth the purchase.

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    T. Rose 10-28-16
    T. Rose 10-28-16

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    What disappointed you about Home?

    I really wanted to love this book as I adore Julie Andrews. But it was painfully slow to the point where I was skipping large chunks. She gives too much detail over really uninteresting facts like what she ate in a restaurant in 1958! Who cares? And how a talented blind woman taught her how to clean a room with four brushes. I wanted to hear more detail about her career and with almost 2 hours to go I'm still not at The Sound of Music. Sigh.


    What about Julie Andrews’s performance did you like?

    She has the perfect voice! Her performance kept me interesting.


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    Brooke Jenkins salt lake city, ut USA 07-20-16
    Brooke Jenkins salt lake city, ut USA 07-20-16 Member Since 2016

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    "BEST AUDIOBOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO"
    Would you listen to Home again? Why?

    Yes! Her voice is calm and wonderful to listen to. Makes me feel like she is sitting right next to me. Stories I would normally find boring were interesting. Even my husband listened to some of it and said that even though the story was not super exciting the manner in which she read the book was so entertaining that he loved to listen to it.


    What about Julie Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Her reading was awesome. It felt like she was talking to a friend.


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

    Uh, that is 12 hours and I have ADD I most likely couldn't have listened to it the 12 hours however, it was an easy listen.


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    Joe in FL Fort Lauderdale, FL 05-17-16
    Joe in FL Fort Lauderdale, FL 05-17-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Didn't want it to end"

    Julie Andrews is a class act. Hearing her side of things like "My Fair Lady" and "Mary Poppins" was a true treat.

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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
    Cindi 04-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story"

    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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    Connie C USA 03-12-16
    Connie C USA 03-12-16 Member Since 2015
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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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