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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"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
"The Elephant to Hollywood"
So glad I listened to this. Was a great listen from beginning to end and I was sad it ended. A superb author tells some fascinating tales of his exploits. What a great listen.
"Not many people know that - He's a good raconteur!"
I have read Michael's earlier auto biography and thoroughly enjoyed it so I thought I'd enjoy the update. I love his self-deprecating humour and the way he never takes himself too seriously. There are some great Hollywood stories with an insight on how his films came to fruition, his flops and successes. Altogether a great listen.
"Michael Caine's life in a nutshell"
This book was a fascinating insight into one of my favourite actors. He has met so many stars and gives us great anecdotes but the best part is his early life and the relationship with his parents.
The book was enhanced by the fact that it was read by the author in that wonderful voice that is always instantly recognisable.
"The Elephant to Hollywood"
If you're a fan of Sir Michael Caine, you will enjoy his reading of his life story. From his in auspicious and humble beginnings in South London, to his arrival in Hollywood via film successes and more mediocre offerings.
He also explains much of his motivation for succeeding, his wish to escape from poverty and his dislike for the British class system. I highly recommend.
"Likeable Man, Enjoyable story"
I must begin by saying how very much I enjoyed this book. Yes, there are times when Michael Caine's narration might have been more professionally handled by a professional 'voice actor', but this is balanced by the fact that the author is reading his own life's story and it really feels personal, as if Michael Caine is talking to you, over a pint or a glass of wine. His story is interesting, he has lived, after all, through some interesting times, but that isn't really the point - the most important point, for me, was that he kept my interest, kept me listening, and all through the book not only did I like the story, but I also liked the man.
An interesting and honest account of an astounding career and life made even more enjoyable by the reading. Makes it feel very conversational.
"Brilliant. Plain and Simple!"
An incredibly rich, compelling and honest biography narrated with that trademark Elephant & Castle brogue. I particularly enjoyed the insertion of impersonations and belly laughs by Michael throughout, had me in stitches.
Listen, you wont be disappointed!
"Thanks for dropping in"
Hi Michael, it was great having you in my living room for the past few weeks, chatting away in an accent I grew up with, and once called my own. It was not just the London connection that made it special, you tell it how it was and how it is, from being an evacuee to walking down Rodeo Drive, what an interesting journey. Thank you for telling me of the film stars you met along the way. When is this being made into a film? Can I be an extra with 'me' curlers in?
"Not as good as expected"
I love Michael Caine,but this book was a letdown. Although the content was enjoyable, the speed it was spoken was much too fast. It seemed as if he couldn't wait to finish, and you got the feeling he would rather be doing something else.What a shame!
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