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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 glamorous, rags-to-riches Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. When one script really disappointed, he called the producer to complain about the part. The producer said, "No, no, we don't want you for the lover, we want you for the father."

Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was not only an incredible personal transformation but also one of the most radical comebacks in film history. Learning to accept his new role both on camera and in his own life, Caine went on to win his second Oscar, be knighted by the queen, and deliver some of his best performances to date.

Now he shares the spectacular story of his life, from his humble upbringing in London's poverty-stricken Elephant and Castle, his military service, touching marriage and family life, and lively adventures with friends, to legendary meetings with fellow stars, forays as a restaurateur, and hilarious off-screen encounters from his glittering five-decade career. Caine brings his gift for storytelling and his insider's view to a tale that is funny, warm, and deeply honest.

©2010 Michael Caine Business (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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Great story Teller!!

What did you love best about The Elephant to Hollywood?

I learned a lot about the life of Michael Caine. Great story Teller!! He met so many interesting people. Worth listening!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • PT
  • PA
  • 03-12-11

I seldom use the word 'delightful'

...but that's what I thought about this book. Surprisingly candid about his failures as well as his successes, Mr. Caine is a gifted and highly amusing storyteller.

At first I thought he did a lot of name-dropping, but isn't that interesting, too? Who was at at that party? What people did he rub elbows with? It's not a matter of impressing the reader, I realized. And besides, if he had something to comment on about a person, he didn't seem to hold back.

I learned some more about making movies, which fascinates me from a business standpoint.

The most enjoyable book I've heard in some time. Now I can't wait to sample his "first autobiography." I'm already a little disappointed to see it's abridged. Maybe they removed the duplicated parts?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Kept my attention.

I enjoyed hearing Michael Caine's story; he is a good storyteller and I was engaged throughout. I only give it 3 stars overall because it's a light "read," good for long car trips or even for trips around town when you don't have to stay on top of the storyline. Enjoyable enough without being in any way compelling. “AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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Love this read!

This is a must read! I was enthralled by his narration of his life and experiences along his rise to fame. His story telling of old Hollywood was magical, I could envision the eras. I did not want this book to end.

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  • M
  • Long Island, NY
  • 02-19-17

Very Enjoyable

This was a wonderful listen. My wife and I enjoyed listening to it from start to finish. Michael Caine was entertaining, engaging, and very easy to listen to. We only wish it was longer! What an interesting fellow.

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A Joy Of A Ride And A Fantastic Performance!!

What made the experience of listening to The Elephant to Hollywood the most enjoyable?

Hearing Michael Caine's voice walk you through his story.

What did you like best about this story?

Hearing Michael Caine's voice walk you through his story.

Which character – as performed by Michael Caine – was your favorite?

Michael Caine.

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

It is one of the books you could enjoy in one sitting. While not every topic is of 100% interest, overall it is a very good book and a fantastic performance.

Any additional comments?

You get to know Michael Caine and how he feels about the various stages of his career and shows he has been a part of, while learning about his personal life as well. This is truly a rags to riches story and a joy to be invited in to listen to.

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It's like having a chat.

Michael Cane is amazing! It feels more like you're sitting in a room and chatting with this legend than listening to a story. He even laughs during his dialogue! Loved it!

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Wonderful story of a legend!

Michael Caine recounting his memoirs in such a warm affectionate way. I thoroughly enjoyed this quick 10 hour listen. So enjoyable it is to hear Michael regale us with stories of old Hollywood and name drop great stories of legends and behind the scenes experiences from much loved movies. particularly charming is when he recounts a funny story and can't surpress a nostalgic chuckle. I laughed and smiled throughout and even had to hold back a tear or two.

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Great Stories!

Michael Caine shares some fantastic stories here, such an interesting life in and outside of Hollywood. Very well written and performed, quite charming (which isn't surprising at all).

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  • Kintaru
  • Concord, CA United States
  • 06-06-16

Fascinating insight

Loved the entire book and having Caine read it was icing on the cake. Hilarious stories and a personal history I knew nothing about. Very entertaining!