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With over 100 movies to his credit over five decades, Hollywood legend and British national treasure Michael Caine shares the wisdom, stories, insight and skills for success in life that acting has taught him in his remarkable career.

One of our best-loved actors, Michael Caine has starred in everything from classic British films Alfie, Zulu and The Italian Job to the Hollywood blockbusting The Dark Knight trilogy and much-loved movie favourites Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hannah and Her Sisters and The Quiet American. Caine has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy.       

Acting has taught him as much about life as it has his craft. He knows what success takes - not just luck but hard work and preparation. He also knows that it doesn't stop when you're successful. As he says, 'When you reach the top, that's when the climb begins'. Now he wants to share everything he knows.

Bringing brilliant new insight into his life and work and with his wonderful gift for story, this is Caine at his wise and entertaining best.

©2018 Michael Caine (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Caine at his best!

Michael Caine has left us with much wisdom and encouragement in this publication. He always has been an exceptional actor and this, like his earlier book, is a slap in the face to those in leadership positions who judge and discriminately condemn their fellow human beings. Caine is a success in spite of much unfair treatment in the industry during his lengthy career. He speaks wise advice, where, through his own personal experiences, he encourages the listener to make good of every difficulty. This is great advice for young men and women who are perhaps struggling with discouragement or who may have been on the receiving end of hurtful comments. Caine has been there, listen to what he has to say. In his relaxed tone and easy to listen to Elephant's Castle accent, the book is very, very entertaining. I'm on the 2nd listening to this audio book, and it won't be the last, I guarantee!!

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  • Ben
  • 31-12-2018

Brilliant insight into the life of Michael

I loved that Michael revealed so much about his life and his thought process. Great listen.

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The wonderful life of an ordinary man.

One of the things that I like about audible.com.au is listening to autobiographies read by the author. This one by Michael Caine, is no exception. His story could be interpreted as a how-to; in life.

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An interesting life told by a charming celebrity.

Wonderful narration of a very interesting life. It was like a friendly chat with an old friend.

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Fantastic!

Michael Caine is a truely great person and I highly recommend this book to anyone

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Brilliant

Loved every bit of this book. Michael Caine has a voice I could listen to for hours.

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Every leader should listen to this book

While Michael talks about his illustrious career and shares his life, the leadership and resilience learns are invaluable lessons to us all. Thank you Michael for sharing this with the world it’s changed my thinking and will change my way of working forever.

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Quite dull

A book of random bits of advice on how to be an actor. At one point Michael goes into great detail about how he always packs a bag, and where he leaves his bags before a trip? And a rather laborious undertone to how hard it is being an actor, so don't be, unless your as dedicated as he is. I don't get this book at all.

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Excellent!

Great story, read by a great humble man, who knows what he wants but isn't a dweeb in getting it. Inspirational.

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  • Tim
  • 28-08-2020

An entertaining treat.

A masterful performance by a true star that feels like a warm conversation over the back fence with your favorite neighbor.

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  • KRB
  • 05-08-2020

Amazing, thoughtful and honest. Must read!

Loved it. You don't have to be a Michael Caine fan to learn something here. You just have to be human. Great read, great narrator! Highly recommend!

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  • Dave59
  • 23-02-2020

very enjoyable list to the life of great actor

A great story of hardship and how work and advice that pays off in the end. Michael Michael is great actor but also a great person as it shows in this book.

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  • mohammed
  • 06-08-2019

Lovely Michael Caine

Inspiring book for a struggling actor like myself. Thank you Michael and I wish you the best

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-2018

Wonderful insights and delightfully rendered

Michael Caine’s books have been, to me, some of the most wise and entertaining I’ve listened to / read. In a world of missing men to look up to and gain invaluable insights, this book is most welcomed. Never does Michael brag or boast - just openly and honestly says it like is. Thank you once again Mr Caine!

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  • Mark
  • 26-10-2018

'Find what you love and do it as well as you can'

Fabulous anecdotes and great advice from a national treasure who knows he's made a brilliant life from humble beginnings. It's beautifully read by the great man himself and what comes through more than fame and success is the importance of family, doing what you love, being decent and having a bloody good time. Love him and love the book.

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  • Tracey
  • 21-10-2018

A charming book that made me smile

listening to this book It’s easy to understand why Michael Caine is so well liked by his peers. This book is gentle but very funny in places. It’s well read and easy to listen to. I think it would be a very relaxing book on a long journey, I was left me feeling that Michael Caine would actually be a nice person to know.

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  • ANDY GALLAGHER
  • 23-01-2019

Good, but....

Good, but a lot of material rehashed from his previous books. A little bit repetitive. If you've listened to Elephant to Hollywood, you may consider giving this a miss.

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  • MN67
  • 25-10-2018

Lovely book

Download this lovely book where Michael Caine talks about his life, experiences and memories and uses them as examples for everyone to use. Success and failure are discussed using his extensive portfolio of good and bad work. The anecdotes are wonderful and I loved Michael reading his book as if it was a post dinner party chat over coffee. Recommended listening!

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  • VegasRain
  • 28-01-2019

Living Legend

True British Legend you could listen to all day. And I did. Laughs, advice and well worth anyone's time. What are you waiting for?

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  • Elizabeth Docherty
  • 04-11-2018

Loved it

I feel I have got to know Michael Caine as a person, and what a lovely man he is. Thanks for all the great stories!

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  • Mark Mac
  • 02-11-2018

Michael does it again.

I always love a good book,not only from a great star like Michael Caine but also from such an excellently expressive person such as he. With that in mind this is yet another book I have immersed myself in by Michael Caine. From start to finish his life in his own words has transfixed me, as have all his other books that I have had the pleasure to of listen to have.. I love his thoughts of times gone by of his amazing life...thanks for sharing again Maurice.... Mark Mac...

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  • Maz
  • 31-10-2018

Michael cane did blow the bloody doors off

I had read a review which said , if you have his other books then you have heard soy of the stories before , which I hadn’t but even if I had it didn’t matter as I love this book I will read this book again and again I felt that he was just talking me Great book xx

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  • MRS B. BESSANT
  • 26-01-2019

I enjoyed it from start to finish

it's a wonderful book and with Michael reading it make one of my favourite . i will definitely put it on my best ever list.

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  • M Fox
  • 13-03-2019

Honest and entertaining

Enjoyed being brought through his journey from a poor working class background in the 40s and 50s to his successful career as an actor, husband , father and grandfather.

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