Rich in hilarious anecdote, it tells the story of Niven's school and Sandhurst days, his posting to Malta with the Highland Light Infantry, and how he escaped the army for a new life in the States. There he joined New York high society, before crossing the continent, lured by Hollywood. He returned to Britain to serve during the Second World War, but then made Hollywood his home.
A self-confessed name dropper, Niven's encounters range from garden walks with Churchill to finding Greta Garbo swimming naked in his pool.
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"An immensely enjoyable, witty and racy memoir." (Sunday Times)
"Forthright, bawdy, and often hilarious, zany and zestful, his anecdotes should keep you entertained for hours." (Sunday Express)
This book was about a fine actor whom lived through the same era as my father and as such I related to the live for the day ethos that prevailed during war time. Serendipity played its part in Niven's life and took him on a great journey where life was for living. Tragedy in life also was what made him the gentleman he was.
I am looking forward to part two Bring on the empty horses.
my only regret about this audiobook is that it is too brief, I wish it was longer.
"Everything I had hoped it would be!"
A fabulous book, beautifully written and skillfully delivered by this enchanting author. The book moves very quickly and packs in lots of information. I listened to it twice and the second time, I picked up a lot of the detail I lost in the first reading. David speaks beautifully and his charm exudes throughout. A book I will surely enjoy listening to again. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book!
"Abridgement leaves something to be desired"
I adore David Niven's writing style and narration.
I cannot recommend this book because the abridgement leaves out so much of the written work.
David Niven's delivery of the abridged autobiography is excellent.
The lighthearted style of the writer/narrator made this a very good listen. There were some very sad passages and the emotions were alluded to, but it never became mawkish.
On the whole I was disappointed, probably because I had read the book when it was originally published and I am very aware of the huge gaps that the abridgement has left. It is such a shame as the book was one of the best of its type. I was going to buy and listen to the next instalment of David Niven's memoir, but I think that I will re-read the book instead - simply because I am so disappointed with this audiobook.
I have been reading a lot of autobiographies lately but I still return to this one as the most honest and moving. Short, heartfelt and authentic read by the man himself.
Hearing the narator read his own biography. I have been put off several biographys in the past where 'ghost readers' are used!!
Apart from David, there are so many other characters to choose from as he glances in and out of other peoples lives that it is impossible to pick just one.
I am half way through 'Bring on the Empty Horses' and this is just as captivating. I did read the 'hard copy' version of 'The Moons a Baloon' many, many years ago but hearing the man read his own story is just awesome.
All of them !
an excellent autobiography- memories of a bygone golden age in movies, recounted in a smooth, suave manner but never smarmy if you know what I mean? Some fascinating anecdotes, some laugh out loud funny moments and just a pity it seems over too soon.
This is the same smooth and relaxed style of Michael Caine's autobiography.
"I expected more"
I normally avoid "abridged" versions of books, and in fact I only bought this version by accident.
Not sure if the full version would be any better - but I felt this version was a quick summary of events with no detail and few amusing anecdotes.
By all means listen to the full version - but this was disappointing.
"Succinct but charming"
This is Niven's own abridged narration of his first autobiography, he even says as much in the reading. So you really only get half the story. I've never read the book so I don't know what is missing - it has a lot more about his early life than his movie career - but all the key bumps, both highs and lows, in David Niven's life are presented here with wit, aplom and a few tears. You even hear the great man choking up reading certain passages.
A brief two and a half hours, then, as it practically gallops by, but if you enjoy it, you may well get the itch to read the unabridged paperback. I wish he'd read all of it but this is still a good start.
I enjoyed everything about this book and was sorry when it ended. It was narrated beautifully by David Niven and gave a fascinating insight into his life.
More brilliant than words can tell you. Take time out if your busy life, sit down, listen and enjoy.
Who knows, maybe you too will be taken away by Niven's balloon.
really enjoyed his story and how he got into films and not too boring also funny and lovely to hear David Nivens voice again.
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