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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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  • Mary
  • augusta, GA, United States
  • 05-10-13

Michael Caine. Eleoquent

I enjoyed the book The Hollywood. There are a lot of great stories mentioning familiar and famous movie stars, Cary Grant among them. Michael Caine is as entertaining in the audio book as he is on film. I listened to this book during a run of insomnia and I could not only hear him smiling but visualize him there talking to me. You will not learn anything new or scandalous here. You will be entertained by a great actor telling great stories.


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Like Having Tea with Michael Caine

So, I really stepped out of my usual reading with this audiobook but I heard an interview with Michael Caine talking about this memoir and he's just such a joy to listen to that I thought I'd give it a shot. It was definitely worth the credit. Caine is such an engaging person. He doesn't get mean or ugly with any person and I'm sure with as long as he's been in Hollywood, he could tell some stories that would make people look bad. He's a class act and exactly how I imagine a real knight would be in his elder years. On top of that, Caine does a wonderful job narrating the story. It's like you're sitting in his living room, drinking tea and eating scones and he's telling you stories. I loved it.

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Michael Caine fans will love this book.

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It is great to hear Michael Caine telling his own story. He shares many stories about his now famous friends and talks about all my favorite Caine movies (The Man Who Would Be King, Death Trap, etc...). I love the story of how he met his wife and their ongoing love story. The anecdotes about being on location and the various parts he has played make me want to revisit each movie. And it doesn't hurt that Michael still has that sexy voice!

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  • jordan
  • Richmond, VA, United States
  • 05-30-12

His Voice alone is worth it.

If you could sum up The Elephant to Hollywood in three words, what would they be?

If you enjoy Michael Cane , you will love this book. I downloaded simply because he was reading it and loved it all the way to the end.

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

His lovable accent and personality.

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Fantastic!

What did you love best about The Elephant to Hollywood?

This book takes you back in time to follow the career of an actor who I believe is under appreciated by my generation (born in the 70's).

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

Nothing comes to mind

What about Michael Caine???s performance did you like?

It's like you are having a conversation with Michael Caine and he is telling you stories from his past. You can feel his passion.

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This autobiography takes you back in time to Hollywood when things were simpler and more complicated. I now want to go back and watch some of Michael's earlier works that put him on the map. This was truly a joy to listen to. I hope audible comes out with an unabridged version of Michael Caine's first autobiography, What's It All About.

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  • Claire
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 04-24-12

Honest and funny

Where does The Elephant to Hollywood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Just love the anecdotes

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

Absolutely

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

I did but only because I didn't want to stop

Any additional comments?

Funny and a joy

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I loved the first book, and I love this one too!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant to Hollywood to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version, but I enjoyed Michael Caine's reading his own words.

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

None.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the whole book.

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

I listen while driving to and from work daily. It is perfect, and it helps me keep to the speed limit.

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It does not disappoint

It is like having a conversation with Michael Caine....a wonderful and insightful ride. His insights and stories are delightful. A life well lived.

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  • Laurie
  • Florence, KY, United States
  • 06-19-11

Great listen

I'm not one to clamor for celeb "tell alls" or autobiographies, but I was looking for a change of pace and thought, why not? I really enjoyed this book. I'm too young to remember Mr Caine's earlier movies, but I found his humility refreshing and the stories he tells interesting and funny. My favorite part of the book, however, was listening to him laugh as he retold humorous anecdotes from his past. It just adds a charm to the book that made for a nice listen.

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  • william
  • Spanish Fort, AL, United States
  • 04-17-11

Good book- classic Michael Caine

This was a really good book from start to finish. I love Michael Caine's sense of humor as he relates events in his life.... he doesn't whitewash the events of his life, he just tells it like it was. His narration is splendid.