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The Elephant to Hollywood Audiobook

The Elephant to Hollywood

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Publisher's Summary

Sir Michael Caine is loved not just for his many films, but for his warmth, honesty, and humour in describing every aspect of his life from his humble South London beginnings to performing alongside the greatest Hollywood actors of the day. As Sheridan Morley wrote about his first book: 'It has taken two decades to get a man back on (Niven's) Moon, and the man is Michael Caine.'

In this long-awaited, and self-penned, new autobiography, he tells us not only the events of the almost 20 years since his last book – which include his Oscar winning film Cider House Rules, as well as the box-office busting Batman - but also many great eye-opening and entertaining stories from his life and career, shedding light on the real Hollywood and the years he struggled to get there.

With all the charm and wit we know him for, this audiobook is set to become a new classic to rank alongside Niven's Moon's a Balloon.

©2010 Michael Caine (P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    12/2/10
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    "A warm-hearted story of an interesting life"

    I enjoyed this autobiography and agree with other reviewers that being read by the author added greatly to the pleasure. His chuckles on the recording at points in his story when he remembers some event is an endearing feature. Michael Caine comes over as a self-deprecating and warm-hearted person who has had an amazing life. He certainly didn't have instant stardom, but his obvious acting ability has stood the test of time. Like most people he's had some low points and worries in his life but overall it's an inspiring story of a boy, from what would now be called a deprived background, who made good through tenacity and good luck.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    WATFORD, United Kingdom
    5/5/13
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    "Like catching up with an old mate..."

    I'll admit I am a fan of Michael Caine's films and find the actor very engaging and likeable and, for me, a guide of quality. if he's in it, I am very likely going to like it. And so it was an added pleasure that this title fulfills your expectations so well.

    It really is like sitting in a pub on a lazy Sunday afternoon and catching up with an old mate. Caine is engaging, funny, insightful and often poignant as he recalls his amazing journey from the rough streets of South London to the glitterng, but no less dangerous, streets of Hollywood.

    Along the way Caine shares memories of meeting the big stars of the old school of movies like John Wayne, and you find yourself totally carried along as he describes how the industry exploded in the 60s, with the old school and old ways of working swept aside by the new, young band of film-makers.

    A highly recommended title

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • William Stewart
    Neston, United Kingdom
    6/3/12
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    "Simply Supurb."

    What more is to be said, a supurb listen and read by the only person who could do this story justice....

    Well Done Michael.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shaun
    Bacup, United Kingdom
    1/24/11
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    "Brilliant!"

    I have really enjoyed listening to Sir Michael tell his own story in his own way. It's been a joy and has often felt like we are are in the same room and he is telling me his stories 'face to face'. Michael tells it as it is with no frills or fancy prose, just as he did in his earlier book, 'What's it all about'. It is an easy listen and an ideal relax for the journey home from work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Loraine
    Basildon, United Kingdom
    11/21/10
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    "Terrific and Torn"

    Justin's review on 15th October says everything I feel about this book. I don't have the hardback but can only imagine that having Michael Caine read to you is one up on reading it yourself.

    I haven't finished the book yet, what I have listened to is terrific and I am torn between wanting to keep on listening, but not wanting to the book to end.

    Highly, highly recommended

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    keighley, west yorkshire, United Kingdom
    11/14/10
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    "honest and heartwarming"

    I could listen to Michael talk all day. Taking you from his early years of harship and evacuation through to the spangles and glitz of Hollywood Michael's story is fascinating. His love for his family and friends is obvious and I cried when I heard the remarkable story he uncovered after his mother died. I loved the anecdotes and gossip about the stars of Hollywood and Michaels awe at meeting some of his screen idols. A great listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
    High Wycombe, buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    11/13/10
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    "all the better for being read by the author"

    Michael Caine reads his own book and this adds to the emotion of the story, you hear him trying not to cry and trying not to laugh throughout. The book itself covers michaels career and touches on his relationships and friendships, most inspiringly his mother, who he never truely knew until her death. It provides a clearer picture of all the elements that provide Michael Caine with such enthusiasm and passion for life. I finished this audiobook feeling like Michael and I saw more eye to eye than I would have thought and liking him all the more for the very real emotion shown throughout.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
    10/24/10
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    "Great book"

    I've very much enjoyed this book being read by the author. His voice adds so much to the story, which in itself is a good insight in to his life and the films he has been in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    12/6/13
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    "How this book should be 'read'!"

    Bought this as a book a few years ago, but never really got into it as all the time I kept thinking "Wouldn't it be great if Michael Caine was reading this."

    This is exactly what I was looking for!

    Caine tells the story of his life from his childhood in East London through his many years of fluctuating success in the film industry with great wit and emotion; as you'd expect for an actor of his talents.

    Want to know about Caine? Buy this book and hear it from the man himself!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. S. Peet
    Notts. UK
    12/2/13
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    "Sit back and enjoy the Elephant to Hollywood"
    Where does The Elephant to Hollywood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be one of the most entertaining books I have read on Audio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elephant to Hollywood?

    The whole book will be memorable for me and I re-read it immediately on finishing. I will definitely be back to read again too.


    What does Michael Caine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    This is not just an excuse to name-drop his celebrity friends, although he does that a lot. Michael Caine tells his story with wit and amazing detail, he must have a very good memory.


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

    Mr Caine tells it like it is, good times and bad, happy and sad, I laughed more than comiserated though.


    Any additional comments?

    This has made me want to see all his old films again, I wasn't a huge fan before but I may be now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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