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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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  • Monica
    Hitchin, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
    Overall
    "The Elephant of Hollywood by Michael Cain"

    We are about halfway thru this Audio Book and to begin with we found it really interesting BUT then he gets to Hollwood and all it can talkabout is the different Studios which is not at all interesting. We will continue to listen and just hope it gets better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Frickingen, Germany
    6/18/12
    Overall
    "The Elephant To Hollywood"

    The best autobiography I have ever read/heard. The fact that the author reads it himself enhances what becomes a very personal experience. I was moved to laughter (and occasionally tears) and left with a deep respect for a man I feel I truly got to know. Thanks Michael!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jammiedodger
    5/4/11
    Overall
    "Disappointed"

    I downloaded this hoping to find out more about his fascinating life but felt it was more about how well he has done, what parties he went to and who he knows.

    To his credit he never says a bad word about anyone but I was left feeling it was akin to a very long Oscar speech!

    Some of his films are still in my top 10 though!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Veronica
    PinnerUnited Kingdom
    12/15/10
    Overall
    "Didn't finish listening"

    I listen to books on my way to work. This is quite enjoyable - but towards the end it really began to feel like a name dropping exercise - although Micael Cain comes across as a decent chap who has not been completly bamboozled by Hollywood hype. Perhaps I missed the best bit - as I gave up 2 chapters from the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    HARPENDEN, HERTS, United Kingdom
    11/8/10
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    "List Of Names"

    Although Sir Michael starts by saying this isn't just a book about the actors he has worked with you would struggle to find one actor from the past 40 years not mentioned in any of the numerous and sometimes tedious lists he acknowledges througout the book.

    The biography i found very disjointed.

    And to my surprise i felt a little empty at the end.

    I admire this man as an actor and remain a fan. But this book was disappointing to me

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Sunderland, United Kingdom
    7/23/13
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    "Goodness me, what a bore!"

    The ego has landed! And not even in chronological order. This narrative, read in the most boring fashion by the author, jumps about through time and space like the USS Enterprise. Major 'Luvvie Alerts' throughout the book with the main theme being the weak and feeble stories which the author believes will be of interest to the listener. Well sorry Sir Michael, but with the main theme being "me, me, me, me and me" (LOOK, I KNOW IT'S AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY BUT REALLY IT SHOULD STILL BE INTERESTING AND VARIED!) it really does not work. Do no buy this. You will be disappointed!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michele
    Cranleigh, United Kingdom
    7/21/13
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    "Its a bit dull but very charming"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I suppose it would have been more interesting stories. Michael Caine is such a charming and lovely guy and there are some good stories, but they all appear 'sanitised' but the need to be friends with everyone. It's not that I was actually looking for scandal. Just a bit more 'meat on the bone'.


    What about Michael Caine’s performance did you like?

    He has a lovely voice and it is clearly very personal for him so he occasionally chuckles when reading something that clearly was funny at the time. It's really nice, I'd like to give him a big hug.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Warmth


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bob
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    9/2/11
    Overall
    "Elepant by Sir Michael Caine"

    My name is 'Michael Caine' I love it!. I lived SE 22 as a boy and I went to Clubland Boys Club such a good reflection of my own childhood days.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    5/30/12
    Overall
    "boring"

    pleasant ramble of an enchanted rags to riches life, but lacked any grit , almost wanted to punch him he was so nice. Most of his impressions the reader could have picked up in the press over the years , nothing new, no hollywood secrets or spilling of beans.Obviously not out to upset anyone alive or dead, felt it was written just to boost retirement fund

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J. Freeman
    HULL, United Kingdom
    2/21/12
    Overall
    "Name drop central"

    A little disappointed to be honest, whilst it was good listening to Michael tell his own story and their are lovely moments where he can't help but laugh at his own jokes. The book is really quite a tedious list of famous people he knows and that's about it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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