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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,530 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Andrews Narrator: Julie Andrews Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781401389024
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Since her first appearance on screen in Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has played a series of memorable roles that have endeared her to generations. But she has never told the story of her life before fame. Until now.

In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie takes her readers on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America. Her memoir begins in 1935, when Julie was born to an aspiring vaudevillian mother and a teacher father, and takes readers to 1962, when Walt Disney himself saw her on Broadway and cast her as the world’s most famous nanny.

Along the way, she weathered the London Blitz of World War II; her parents’ painful divorce; her mother’s turbulent second marriage to Canadian tenor Ted Andrews; and a childhood spent on radio, in music halls, and giving concert performances all over England. Julie’s professional career began at the age of twelve, and in 1948 she became the youngest solo performer ever to participate in a Royal Command Performance before the Queen. When only eighteen, she left home for the United States to make her Broadway debut in The Boyfriend, and thus began her meteoric rise to stardom.

Home is filled with numerous anecdotes, including stories of performing in My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison on Broadway and in the West End and in Camelot with Richard Burton on Broadway; her first marriage to famed set and costume designer Tony Walton, culminating with the birth of their daughter, Emma; and the call from Hollywood and what lay beyond.

Julie Andrews’s career has flourished over seven decades. From her legendary Broadway performances, to her roles in such iconic films as The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hawaii, 10, and The Princess Diaries, to her award-winning television appearances, multiple album releases, concert tours, international humanitarian work, bestselling children’s books, and championship of literacy, Julie’s influence spans generations. Today, she lives with her husband of thirty-eight years, the acclaimed writer/director Blake Edwards; they have five children and seven grandchildren.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book is magic…Andrews is far too polite to exploit her catalogue of hurts, but some moments really sting.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “It is precisely the frankness which gives the book such an admirably unsentimental tone.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Prose as crisp and immaculate as the author herself.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Sprinkled through Andrews’s narration are a few prized archival snippets of her most memorable early Broadway tunes…Yet the focal point remains firmly planted on the power of the storytelling itself…The 13-hour length truly flies by as if they were mere minutes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Engaging…Andrews’s book will appeal to her many fans.”

    Booklist

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 2/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed learning about Julie's life up to Mary Poppins. Very interesting! I listened to it on CD and Julie read her own book. It was great. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally | 1/26/2014

    " good girls write dull books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/5/2014

    " Quiet strength. The only two words I need are those. The glimpse into Julie Andrews' early years is shockingly stark and grim but she manages to stay away from the darkness and focused only on the good in life to pull her up. This lady is truly an outstanding person on all levels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly Jae | 12/22/2013

    " I listened to this story and I think it made all the difference. I haven't found anyone who enjoyed reading it, but I found that listening to Julie Andrews tell her own story was very delightful. I just love her accent, and I think she added the emphasis that was probably needed in the text. The entire book takes place before I was born and so a lot of it was new to me. I was so sad to hear that she had such a hard childhood. I did come to love the man who accepted her as his daughter. What a lovely, caring and generous man. Her true father and step-father were louses, in my opinion. I think I'll read the follow-up book to the rest of her life so far, just because I found her so interesting and her work ethic amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharman Wilson | 12/17/2013

    " What an interesting life! It's a great reminder on how hard good performers work to get where they are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivi | 11/14/2013

    " About 1/3 of your way through this book, you'll find yourself flipping back to the cover and saying aloud "Julie Andrews?" Girlfriend, I had noooo idea! She had a VERY unconventional childhood and tho' she has had her share of drama, she is brutally frank and honest and one can only love her even more for it. And girlfriend can be pretty raunchy too but when she does it, it still seems lady like! Read it, you'll love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 11/11/2013

    " It was really delightful to listen to Julie Andrews narrate her memoir on audiobook. In each story, whether talking about growing up in London during the Blitz, touring endlessly around Britain with her mother & stepfather for their vaudeville act, or leaving her beloved home & family behind to sing on Broadway in New York, her strength and singular talent shines through. As a singer, I also enjoyed hearing Andrews go into great detail about her vocal training (which began at the age of 9!) and her tips for how she kept her voice strong while performing 8 shows a week on Broadway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosary | 11/6/2013

    " Julie Andrews' memoir of her early years is an amazing story of determination and a growing love of art. Ms. Andrews has a wonderful writing style--simple and clear--and her voice comes through quite clearly. While many memoirs gloss over the trials of life to focus on the triumphs, Ms Andrews pays attention to both the hardships of her World War 2 and Post World War 2 life as well as the joys and the triumphs. She also reveals the troubled nature of her home life. In other words, she doesn't spare her family,, but she also doesn't judge them. I hope that the memoir of her life during and after the making of Mary Poppins is soon published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie T | 11/1/2013

    " An enchanting book read by Julie Andrews. Tells the story of her early years and the beginning of her career in the United States. She had an interesting childhood that was not always the easiest. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquie South | 10/23/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a great insight into the early years of Julie Andrew's life and the start of her singing career. Recommeded to anyone who is interested in singing, entertainment, and Julie Andrew's career in particular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 8/23/2013

    " quite enjoyable and interesting. Well written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 7/25/2013

    " If you like her, it's a good read. Her early years as a child in show business were fascinating. Another child with that situation might turn into a nightmare. I like her more now than I did prior to reading "Home." I also really enjoyed her descriptions of her craft. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 12/31/2012

    " Slow to begin, I did eventually become enamored with her incredibly twisty-turvey life. I did not realize how much stage background she has and how long she has been acting. She continues to fine tune her craft and never settles. I hope she writes another book about the rest of her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kati | 12/21/2012

    " I usually rush through books because I can't wait to find out what happens. For this book, I read slowly and savored every little bit because I didn't want it to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/24/2012

    " A spoonful of Julie helps the medicine go down! An entertaining and interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 1/23/2012

    " I listened to it as an audiobook and it got a bit tedious at times. It was enjoyable to hear about her life and her experiences acting, but it felt very, very long. I was excited to be done with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/8/2011

    " learned many things about Julie's early life that I never knew before. Ended during her run of Camelot. Now want to read about her life since then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosalyn | 2/10/2011

    " This was an interesting read, well-written and an insightful look at theatrical life in the 1950s and 60s. I particularly enjoyed her writing style, which was much like you might expect Andrews herself to be: intimate, frank, and gracious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/2/2011

    " Julie Andrews was my childhood idol. This memoir of her early years...through My Fair Lady, Cinderella, and Camelot was so interesting to me. I also was interested in so much of the history of Broadway, itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liticia | 12/31/2010

    " Good summary in magazine articles I had already read so I didn't really get into reading this one. Nice photos and it ends leaving you wanting to know the rest of the story. I'm hopeful she'll write other memoirs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alana S. | 7/15/2010

    " Although this was my wax museum book and technically for school, it was amazing. I enjoyed it more than I thought it was. I never would have guessed that the singer/actress was such a good writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 8/17/2009

    " This book wasn't written but there was little dramatic tension, especially after Andrews got older. Once it got to the years when she began starring in musicals, it became more of a collection of memories of other famous people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 3/15/2009

    " Wonderfully interesting and I hope she will write another instalment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/23/2008

    " Loved this book...especially the first 3/4 of the book where she talks of her early years, memories, and music lessons. Could not put it down. "

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About the Author

Dame Julie Andrews is one of the most beloved figures in the entertainment world. An Emmy, Grammy, and Academy Award–winning actress and singer, she is best known for her roles in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Her legendary career has taken her from Broadway and London stages to Hollywood and the sets of myriad films and television shows. In addition, she is also a New York Times bestselling author of children’s books and the memoir Home.