Sir Michael Caine is loved not just for his many films, but for his warmth, honesty, and humour in describing every aspect of his life from his humble South London beginnings to performing alongside the greatest Hollywood actors of the day. As Sheridan Morley wrote about his first book: 'It has taken two decades to get a man back on (Niven's) Moon, and the man is Michael Caine.'
In this long-awaited, and self-penned, new autobiography, he tells us not only the events of the almost 20 years since his last book – which include his Oscar winning film Cider House Rules, as well as the box-office busting Batman - but also many great eye-opening and entertaining stories from his life and career, shedding light on the real Hollywood and the years he struggled to get there.
With all the charm and wit we know him for, this audiobook is set to become a new classic to rank alongside Niven's Moon's a Balloon.
©2010 Michael Caine (P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton
Michael Caine's autobiography The Elephant To Hollywood is a pleasure to listen to from start to finish. He is a very engaging narrator. He provides a comprehensive overview of both is personal and professional life. The recollections, stories and memories are equally fascinating, interesting and sometimes quite profound and funny. Michael has a very dry sense of humor, intelligence and wit about his vocal telling of his life's tales. Well worth the listening and financial investment.
I found Michael Caine to be a surprisingly candid and open author. The book is touching and almost sweet. I am amazed by his sense of gratitude for his apparent 'good fortune' and his humility regarding his ability as an actor.
I particularly enjoyed Michael recounting Christmases and why they are so special to him, His need for family closeness.
My first encounter with Michael Caine outside of his acting.
Due to the Author being the narrator, this book makes you feel like you are sharing a 'real' person's life.
Well written and well narrated. I certainly would read any other works that are narrated by Michael Caine
"The Legend that is Morris Micklewhite!"
Best Audiobook Yet
The delivery and the depth that Michael goes into to share his story
The unique character behind the story. I think all biographies should be read by their subjects, it adds another dimension that might have been lost being read by someone else
The story about his father passing away
Absolutely loved it. Listened to it on an 18 hour drive to Italy, played it going, and just had to play it again on the way back. Not once did we get bored or weren't fully immersed in the story. There was silence in the car for the whole journey! :)
This narration is really fresh and enjoyable. I love when Michael Caine chuckles and sometimes practically laughs out loud. You feel like you are in a pub with him and listening to him reminisce about the old days. Thoroughly entertaining!
I first read Michael Caine's biography What's It All About? which tracks Caine's upbringing from the working class to Hollywood. That was quite a while ago, and I was glad to update myself with his spoken version. And who better to tell Michael Caine's story than Michael Caine? It's a long story but he's had an amazingly long career - it's personal enough and a testament to his determination to make it in spite of the odds. Mostly enjoyable. You can't fault the non-events that are inevitable in an autobiography like this....PS I'm going to miss Sir Michael Caine when he's gone. They don't make stars like him anymore.
There is only one leading man here.
"Not Many People Know That..."
I thought I knew Sir Michael Caine. I love and hate some of his movies. I think he is a loveable guy and great character. As he has got older I think his work gets better but this book shows how little I knew about the man. I found out his favourite movies are mine, well besides Alfie, which I have never seen but it made him. He has worked hard for his career and had a lot of luck. He has had downs and hard times, which come out nicely in this book. What really makes this book is Michael narrating it. His laugh is so funny. Would love to have a dinner with the man, but I don't see that happening, we move in different circles. Love the book, can't say you will understand or know Michael Caine any better but what a trip down memory lane. His accent is so comforting and his story telling captivating. I know he is getting on in age, but please stick around and make more movies, even write more books.
Love your work.
"Interesting but surprisingly poor humoured"
Among the good one but not the best
When Michael Caine introduce his racist neighbor to his Indian wife!
Well, we are talking of Michael Caine! He can't perform badly. However, given his status, I was expecting something better. He is singularly bad at telling jokes! And he is obviously stage laughing afterward. Disappointing.
When he discovers that his mother kept hidden his half-brother for years.
"A good life story told well"
Michael Caine and his relaxed and sometimes funny reading of the book. Enjoying his memories whilst reading it makes it all the more enjoyable for the listener.
Brilliant reading and best told by the man himself. Emotions across the board are reflected in his reading.
An Audible must listen for anyone who likes Michael Caine or biographies. Or even both! :)
The whole thing is a big picture
Live it as best you can
It's Michael's life as written and read by Michael. Loved it
Yes, if they like movies and Michael Caine
The narration was great. Every autobiography should be read by the author. I love it when he laughs out loud sometimes when he retells a story or remembers something.
"Audiobook beats Hardback!!!"
This is a great example of a good book made even better by being made into an audiobook. The book itself is great. A fascinating recollection of a movie career spanning over 50 years written in an engaging and conversational style, however, the book is made brilliant by being read by the author. I could listen to Michael Caine all day long with his distinctive and unique voice. He reads the text so brilliantly and with such genuine emotion it's as if he's right there with you talking just to you. Brilliant!!!
Absolutely fantastic. A very very good example of an audio book. Caine's writing is at times hilarious made funnier by having the man himself reading it (they even leave in parts where he laughs himself). A real highlight.
Worth a listen to. It is what you'd expect really, the story of rags to riches the struggles he had in the early years and then some amusing stories about him and other Hollywood actors, no out of the ordinary revelations or anecdotes but I did enjoy it on the whole
"Michael Caine - The Elephant to Hollywood"
I listened to this book as I commuted to and from work and it was like driving about with an old friend. I no longer cared about traffic jams or slow journeys as I laughed and cried at the very honest and entertaining accounts of Michaels life. His voice is naturally soothing and his life experiences are fascinating. I feel like I met some of the fabulous stars of old Hollywood, or that I had spent some great nights in the pub with him, laughing along with his "behind the scenes" stories. When the book ended, I felt a sense of bereavement. If you read this Michael, I wouldn't mind an invitation to your next Sunday lunch party thanks.
Loved this honest, enlightening and funny autobiography narrated by Michael Caine himself. Well worth a read/listen.
"A great story and well read ."
Serious and witty at the same time.
"Hey Michael, keep it up!"
Warm, candid and a full hearted account by M.C. whom we've loved for decades. A truly worthwhile reading for the holiday season... or anytime!
I loved this book, made me laugh out loud on many occasions and have recommended it to friends, very well told and great to listen to. I loved it.
"The Elephant to Hollywood"
I never liked autobiographies but this got me to want to listen to more. This is a brilliant biography, especially read by Michael Cane himself. I never much liked autobiographies but this got me to want to listen to more.
This is a fabulous account of Michael Caine's rags-to-riches story, told without embellishment exactly as he sees it.
His narration is so natural it doesn't feel like he's reading from a book at all; rather more like he is relaxing in an armchair next to you telling you his story as he recalls it. This is a special talent - not everybody is capable of reading their own book with such style.
I haven't quite finished this yet but on the strength of it I have already added his previous autobiography, What's It All About, to my Wishlist, and will be my next purchase from Audible.
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