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  • The Elephant to Hollywood

  • By: Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Michael Caine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604

Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act. When he was in his late 50s, Michael Caine believed his Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was one of the most radical comebacks in film history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sir Michael is awesome

  • By Robert on 12-21-12

I am sorry, Mr.Caine...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I can't give more than 2 stars for performance and 3 stars overall for one reason - frequently very low volume. I am not sure if it is the recording/studio issue, but I must say I think it is the way Mr.Caine speaks. His voice gets extremely soft, lower than whisper and at that point becomes totally incomprehensible ... And I am a 38 year old with no hearing problems!
I couldn't hear at all about fifth of the book and that's a shame, because the content is fascinating. Yes, I listen in the car, but I never had any problems with other audio material from Audible.com. Subsequently, I think I would recommend this book to read and not to listen.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Caine’s performances?

No.

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

Laugh and cry, both.

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  • 59 Seconds

  • Think a Little, Change a Lot
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

Richard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self-help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships, and reduce creativity: the opposite of everything it promises. Now, in 59 Seconds, he fights back, bringing together the diverse scientific advice that can help you change your life in under a minute, and guides you toward becoming more decisive, more imaginative, more engaged, and altogether more happy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong format for this book

  • By Paul on 08-29-11

Cowley out

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-10

I heard the author on NPR and was very interested in the book 59 seconds. Mr.Wiseman is very intelligent and highly entertaining speaker. I was hoping the audio book is narrated by him. Not so. When I listened to the book, Mr.Cowley put me to sleep at once with his monotonous and colorless voice. This is not how a book should be narrated. Bad choice of narrator! Buy paper edition instead.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful