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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (897 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Michael Caine Narrator: Sir Michael Caine Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 2/18/2014

    " I picked this book up and was hooked on page one. His writing style is charming and warm, encouraging you to turn every page and follow his amazing experiences. Really enjoying this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 2/15/2014

    " Caine's reading of his own stories is so natural and easy, I half expected to turn around and see him sitting at my kitchen table chatting about life while I made lunch. A must read/listen for fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Yan | 1/28/2014

    " If you're going to read this, make it the audiobook version! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/15/2014

    " Michael Caine is such a congenial person that it's hard to find fault with him. His journey from Elephant and Castle to Hollywood is amazing, and he has more friends than the sky has stars--and lucky in love, too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/14/2014

    " Love Michael Caine in almost anything and everything. And he plays in everything. No pretense on his part. His book is the same. It is the story of a working actor who made it big. But the regular guy is still there and it comes through. Likable guy, likable book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martina Ovens | 1/10/2014

    " Totally entertaining memoir by one of my favorite actors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail Allen | 1/4/2014

    " A must read for lovers of Hollywood biographies. Michael Caine tells his story with humor and honesty. Loved this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Schurman | 12/30/2013

    " Cheerful, not often serious. Juicy, but not trashy. Tells you something about how his career worked, how the film industry works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marija | 12/27/2013

    " I knew nothing about the life of MC. He walked a long way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 WhiteKanye | 12/22/2013

    " I realized too late the audiobook i got was abridged so i'm keeping track on the actual book of what was left out. I was tempted to ditch the audiobook but that would have meant giving up the pleasure to listen to Caine's reading, so it took me twice the time to finish this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg Benjamin | 12/8/2013

    " Relaxed and enjoyable. Fun to learn about the life he's led and the people he's met on the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Olesen | 12/3/2013

    " A nice little biography about a nice man. Believably written by himself and not a ghost-writer. No real gossip, just a nice overview of his memories of all his films. Like listening to your grandpa while you're out fishing. Just.. Nice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dirk heunissen | 12/2/2013

    " Mr Caine certainly is no David Niven. I found his tales very bland and matter of fact. He doesn't even give us any info about his family. I still have no idea about any of them. A very disapppointing book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellie Revert | 11/30/2013

    " Would love to be their neighbors! Sounds like they have a wonderful marriage, and he is truly appreciative of the life he's led---AND he's so funny! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 8/16/2013

    " It was entertaining, but 5 stars because he read the book, and you know he put in little suprises along the way. Sorry it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 3/7/2013

    " Cracking read, couldn't get his voice out of my head whilst reading. Very open and honest a great insight to the Hollywood world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly Lawter | 2/20/2013

    " Really, there's just nothing not to love about Michael Caine. He seems like a very humble and likeable guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 1/19/2013

    " Basically, Sir Michael Caine is one of the most wonderful men in the world. And we both love Humphrey Bogart and rate Casablanca as our number one favourite movie, so that makes him twice as awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bean | 1/20/2012

    " I'm a sucker for Hollywood bios! But this one reads like Michael Caine is telling you his story -- I heard his distinctive voice as I read. A lot of fun! :D "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Macy | 6/11/2011

    " I'm really not sure why I started this book and I'm even more mystified as to why I finished it. I should have just watched some of his movies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginnz | 5/31/2011

    " An intesting view of a life in Holywood and bejond. Yes he name drops... Yes he name drops films and tells a few stories behind films, and somethimes it feels like a whistlestop tour through all his films but I ended up feeling like I knew him better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 5/4/2011

    " Interesting vignettes. Definitely not a must-read but if you like the man , you will like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alannah | 4/5/2011

    " amazing. Michael Caine is funny, adorable, and tells a good story. Old film buffs will love the candid stories about some of hollywood's greatest :)
    one of the best books I've read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zandra | 3/31/2011

    " I listened to Michael Caine read this, and he did an excellent job. I'm sure the book would hold up in print, as it's full of great stories and funny anecdotes, and Mr. Caine has led an amazing life. But his narration is wonderful and definitely adds something to the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 3/25/2011

    " Enjoyable story of Caine's career. It's a real rags to riches tale, and Caine's obvious delight in his success and the famous celebrities he came to know is endearing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 3/15/2011

    " Not bad for a random celebrity memoir. He even talks about his time making The Muppet Christmas Carol. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 3/9/2011

    " This audiobook is wonderful. And the sound of Caine's laughter made me feel he was chatting over a glass of wine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 2/7/2011

    " so enjoyable - i have always liked Michael Caine, his acting, watching his interviews with his great sense of wry humour and this book lived up to all of the above "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/2/2011

    " Cheerful, not often serious. Juicy, but not trashy. Tells you something about how his career worked, how the film industry works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/27/2011

    " What a wonderful read by a self-effacing, modest nice guy. He has endless stories of show biz, but this is not a kiss & tell like so many memoirs. I enjoyed going on this poverty to wealth journey with him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Slawter | 1/24/2011

    " Really, there's just nothing not to love about Michael Caine. He seems like a very humble and likeable guy. "

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