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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 Andrew Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.