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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,203 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Brooks Narrator: Ray Brooks Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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Ray Brooks' acting career has spanned more than four decades, from his breakthrough role in the iconic 1960s film The Knack, to infamy as the murderer of Pauline Fowler in EastEnders.

Learning My Lines is the diary Ray wrote while working on EastEnders. It provides a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes at Albert Square, and also prompts Ray to dip into his past. He talks about growing up in Brighton with his bus conductress mother, working with Ken Loach on the ground-breaking BBC drama Cathy Come Home, fighting off Daleks in Dr Who, and starring as gambler Robbie Box in the hit TV show Big Deal.

His theatrical tales cover his climb to fame, including almost appearing in The Sound of Music and working on classic comedies by Alan Ayckbourn and Tom Stoppard. To a whole generation, Ray Brooks is the voice of Mr. Benn, the popular children's animated series, and his seductive tones have also been used to persuade us to buy everything from margarine to lemonade - until Terry Wogan got in on the act!

But as the accolades build up over the years, so do the insecurities: What job will I get when this one finishes? Surely that fat, bald bloke on the screen can't be me? Can I still learn lines? Revealing the vulnerability of an actor's life, Learning My Lines is a candid account, full of down-to-earth humour and captivating honesty.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose Ann | 2/8/2014

    " A wonderful book about the dogs he has known and loved since he was a child. I laughed and cried. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/19/2014

    " My least favorite Gary Paulsen book to date. Maybe it is more appropriate for 10-year-olds than adults; I found it simplistic, disjointed, and smelling of exaggeration and untruth. I read parts of it to my 4-year-old and he seemed to enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rainy | 1/17/2014

    " This was a really quick read. It was touching that the author's dogs all brought him through different stages in his - each one filling a need when needed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/13/2014

    " A autobiography of man and his dog. Any dog lover will cherish this book. It just makes me want a dog even more :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/8/2014

    " This book currently is assigned reading for my 4th grader, so I read it so we could talk about it. Loved it! I laughed, I cried, I hugged my dog. Can't wait to see what Paulsen has written for adults. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/5/2014

    " Loved it! The author cleverly attaches each chapter of his life to the dog he shared it with. He uses vivid details to describe his relationships with his dogs and each one's unique personality. I read a chapater a day aloud to my students and they couldn't wait to meet a new dog each day. We all had a hard time choosing a favorite at the end. Definitely recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon O'Neill | 1/3/2014

    " Paulsen writes a good, fast book on 8 remarkable dogs that have been a part of his life. One more down from the 6th grade summer reading list! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 12/30/2013

    " This is a collection of first-person, short narratives about Gary Paulsen and his dogs. It tugs at the heart of any dog owner. It has a high vocabulary level and one swear word in the last chapter if you are looking to use it with children. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan Torres | 12/22/2013

    " this book is written in first person told by Gary Paulsen,it talks about the experiences he had growing up with dogs and how they made a big change in his life, they also helped him get through the fact that his parent were never about because they were addicted to alchol. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beckbunch | 12/18/2013

    " Of all the "dog" books I've read, this compilation of stories from Gary Paulsen is one of my favorites. I read it out loud to my kids on a road trip and we can all still remember some of the stories. If you like dogs, or even just tolerate dogs, I think you'll like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 12/5/2013

    " This book tells you about Gary Paulsen's personal life and how dogs have been a tremendous influence in his life. You'll get to meet these dogs and how they actually influenced Gary's life. Worth reading . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Macrae | 11/5/2013

    " i really did like this book and I think that my favorite dog was Josh the smartest dog in the world. But I wish the chapters had been about the dogs whole life, not just one story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 10/31/2013

    " A book celebrating some of the dogs from the author's life. Not being particularly a "dog person" I thought the book was ok, but nothing amazing. Some of the stories did make me appreciate the intelligence and loyalty dogs can have. Someday we'll get a dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 10/13/2013

    " A short, enjoyable book about dogs that had a profound impact on Gary Paulsen's life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 9/20/2013

    " to me it was boring someparts were funny but mostly boring i was required to read it for school and i didnt like it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bella | 7/26/2013

    " My life in dog years was a good book and you people out there that eat dogs are weird and nasty!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustin Rhoads | 7/19/2013

    " One of the best books I've read in months. Not just for animal lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 5/14/2013

    " It is a very meaningful book. If you love dogs then this is the book for you! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Libby | 2/21/2013

    " Had to read for class. Wasn't super impressed although my professor loves this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 11/21/2012

    " This is a fun auto biography/memoir for a class. My kids love it so far. I do too. Each chapter is about the author's life and a different dog that came into it. Some chapters gave me chills! Sounds like a really interesting person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/13/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book. Fast read and laughed out loud so hard at some of the stories. Already recommended it to several boys as I was reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/8/2012

    " Each chapter in the book is dedicated to a dog Gary Paulsen was owned and loved for special and different reasons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan 11-12 | 10/21/2012

    " I liked this book because the author gave a lot information about his childhood. The other things that I also liked is that some parts of the book maked you sad and some other parts are really funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 8/28/2012

    " I loved this book. Gary Paulson tells the story of his life through his dogs. From the time he was seven living in the Philippines with Snowball to his time in Colorado with Josh, he had dogs, and he tells the stories of the most special ones. If you love dogs, you should definately read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili Martin | 5/19/2012

    " This book is amazing! I love how the chapters are different stories about all sorts of dog memories. Some are funny and some are scary. Some are happy and some are sad. I can't imagine someone not liking this book. Everybody out there, read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicholas Rodriguez | 5/1/2012

    " This was a pretty good book "

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