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Publisher's Summary

David Niven is remembered as one of Britain's best-loved actors. The archetypal English gentleman, he starred in over ninety films. He is also one of Hollywood's finest chroniclers. In this second volume, David Niven turns his attention to 'The Great Days of Hollywood' between 1935 and 1960. These were times of legendary film stars and despotic producers, of tycoons, of oddballs, and of classic movies. Rich in anecdote, and written in his inimitable humorous style, BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES is perhaps the most acclaimed sequel to an autobiography ever written.
©1975 David Niven (P)2012 Headline Digital

Critic Reviews

"Might easily be the best book ever written about Hollywood." ( New York Times)
"As blissfully enlivening as champagne before lunch." ( Cosmopolitan)
"A delight from start to finish." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • 02-04-16

Masterful story teller.

I enjoyed this audiobook, but a twinge of sadness listening as Niven's Parkinson's disease was slowly muffling his distinct British accent. His other book is also recommended (The Moon is a Balloon).

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  • Alison St Pierre
  • 10-08-13

Delightful, Witty, Fascinating!

Beautifully written, Niven in his element, sharing anecdotes and behind the scenes glimpses into Hollywood in the 30s and 40s. Photographs of some of the old supporting Actors would have been useful. I found myself googling images to prompt my memory at times. He manages to talk his way through some of the most glamorous periods in film history without ever being unkind or salacious. I loved this book and will now be ordering some of the films he beautifully brings to life.

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  • 06-20-18

Great Hollywood stories

David niven comes across as a lovely guy. Making lots of friends along the way, (Hollywood greats) and always thankful to them all. Giving you an insite into the normality of it all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-18

David nivens voice

rings in my ears i loved this book its a treasure loved it recommed it

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  • mat brown
  • 11-23-17

Really funny

Laugh out loud stuff and David Niven is a joy to listen to. Brilliant book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-17

Excellent.

A very funny and interesting story. Perfect book for bedtime. David Niven at his best.

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  • Andrew B Brighton
  • 01-23-17

Wonderful

David Niven strikes again with another book full of witty & heartfelt stories about his astonishing life. Brilliant

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  • Shona Hay
  • 06-16-16

recommend to everyone

part two of David Nivens life his friends films and his family life really interesting really enjoyed every word

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  • John
  • 04-05-16

Simply the best

one of the greats. I would have loved to meet him, back in the day...Sdc

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  • lancashiresteve
  • 06-07-15

Niven's voice brings the stories to life

It's always a bonus when someone as entertaining as David Niven reads his own words. The stories are both funny and sad and give an insight into the golden age of Hollywood. Loved it

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  • Nana Chris
  • 03-18-15

Fabulous, witty and even a bit sad in places

Would you consider the audio edition of Bring on the Empty Horses to be better than the print version?

I read both David Niven's books years ago and so enjoyed them I had no hesitation in buying the audio version, especailly as I could listen to his wonderful voice reading them. I was not disappointed. A real insight into a truly fascinating life described by the man himself. If you like David Niven you will enjoy his audio books. I was really sorry when it ended.

What other book might you compare Bring on the Empty Horses to, and why?

The Moon' A Balloon, his other autobiography which is just as good.

What about David Niven’s performance did you like?

He has a wonderful voice and to hear him reading his own words was magical.

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

I could have done if I had had the time but I listened on the train while commuting to work.

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  • Julia
  • 04-21-16

warning - abridged 😖

and thus over too soon....so sad. really enjoyed, just needed more! David Niven is fantastic