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The Elephant to Hollywood | [Michael Caine]

The Elephant to Hollywood

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.
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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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  • Amazon Customer
    1/21/15
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    "A true legend"

    Michael Caine treats us to a rare insight into his unlikely story. A very enjoyable listen, his wealth of stories and anecdotes of people in the business is sometimes touching, sometimes moving and very laugh out loud funny. He is a true icon even if his wife does make him take the rubbish out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue Two
    1/19/15
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    "Interesting and a very enjoyable listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Elephant to Hollywood the most enjoyable?

    The narration and some fantastic anecdotes about the film industry from a national treasure


    What other book might you compare The Elephant to Hollywood to, and why?

    It's probably fairly unique as an acting autobiography as it spans the wide gap between the old Hollywood and gritty British film industry.


    What about Michael Caine’s performance did you like?

    Narrated by Michael himself his fabulous tone and chatty manner made it like listening to an interesting and wise old friend


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

    Yes some parts were so interesting I had to wait Til that part was finished before pausing but was also nice to go back to it although trying to retrospectively remember all the history of which film he did and when was sometimes tricky as he went through them quite fast in places.


    Any additional comments?

    Though much name dropping as expected some of the 'lovey' admiration got a bit predictable, would have been great if he could have just honestly said if he wasn't keen on another actor or if he didn't like working with them and maybe expanded on how he rebuilt his relationship with his first daughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • yan
    1/3/15
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    "Great insight and story teller"

    I really enjoyed this auto biography. Michael Caine offers a real insight into his career and includes lots of personal views and comments. An excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robin
    12/4/14
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    "Great listen even for non Michael Caine fans"
    What did you like most about The Elephant to Hollywood?

    This is a really honest account of the life of Michael Caine, Michael reads this himself and it is a good account of his life. It also is good that some of the parts even make him laugh as he is reading it


    What other book might you compare The Elephant to Hollywood to, and why?

    Any autobiography


    Have you listened to any of Michael Caine’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Top notch


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he was describing the birth of his daughter


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mitchel Earl
    Ireland
    9/30/14
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    "excellent story, not so good a delivery"
    What made the experience of listening to The Elephant to Hollywood the most enjoyable?

    good tale of his early years


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Wasn't the best narration, sometimes mumbled and hard to hear


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

    couldn't possibly, voice too monotonous


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • christopher
    8/9/14
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    "stick to acting michael"
    Would you try another book written by Michael Caine or narrated by Michael Caine?

    written by maybe narated by no


    Has The Elephant to Hollywood put you off other books in this genre?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    his punctuation was as if he had never read it before


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    i took it on holiday for easy listening i am a retired painter and decorator and my grammar is certainly not perfect but listening to this faltering narration was painful and irritating i like michael caine and i think he is a great raconteur but he should stick to casual ad libbing,
    sorry !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    7/13/14
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    "Laughed out loud"
    What made the experience of listening to The Elephant to Hollywood the most enjoyable?

    Michael Caine and his ability to tell a good anecdote


    What other book might you compare The Elephant to Hollywood to, and why?

    David Niven's The Moon's a Balloon because of the tales of Hollywood greats and the making of movies.


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

    That distinctive accent and sometimes he laughed at his own stories!


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

    Both


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    YorkUnited Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Great Gift For The Missus"

    Struggling to think of a present for my wife I decided to get her this audio book. Successful - yes! She loved it. She really enjoyed it. His life story is incredibly interesting and the work is very well read. I listened to part of it with her and have to agree that it was a very good purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colin Howard
    7/7/14
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    "Incredibly entertaining"
    If you could sum up The Elephant to Hollywood in three words, what would they be?

    enjoyable entertaining superb


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is quite obvious that Michael Caine not only enjoyed writing this book but also enjoyed reading it for the audio recording. The story is well structured and while I have heard a couple of the stories before (who hasn't heard about how he first saw and then met his second wife) there is so much that I hadn't heard and also the times he revisits stories are still entertaining and new facets come to light.


    What about Michael Caine’s performance did you like?

    brilliant, Michael Caine reads the book himself and it is obvious he enjoys doing it. his reading is measured.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The entertainer


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone, he appreciates he has been and is a lucky man and this is reflected throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MICHAEL QUIGLEY
    6/29/14
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    "A story of a man living life to the full"
    What did you like most about The Elephant to Hollywood?

    It's a interesting, funny and honest account of one of my favourite actors.


    What other book might you compare The Elephant to Hollywood to, and why?

    So far it is on top of my list and I look forward to finding the book that I could compare to this book.


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

    It's like listening to a friend telling you his story in a honest and entertaining way. This is a man who followed his dream, made it but always remembering what is most important in life such a family and friends.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really enjoyed the funny bits when he would laugh a little after recounting the funny story.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to it going home from work each day and I looked forward to the journey every evening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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