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Home Work

A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
Narrated by: Julie Andrews
Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
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In Home, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed singer and performer on the stage. In her new memoir, Julie picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her astonishing rise to fame as two of her early films - Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music - brought her instant and enormous success, including an Oscar. It was the beginning of a career that would make Julie Andrews an icon to millions the world over.   

In Home Work, Julie describes her years in Hollywood - from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she detail her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television; she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, moving on from her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, culminating in Victor/Victoria, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.   

Told with her trademark charm and candour, Julie Andrews takes us on a rare and intimate journey into an astonishing life that is funny, heartbreaking and inspiring.

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A full and rich life, as a result of hard work

Loved the story lines & believe I'm privileged to hear it. Thank you Julie and Emma

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Fascinating captivating

Caught under her spell loved it
So amazing and interesting
I loved her before now I’m captivated and in or of this amazing woman

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Boring and self indulgent

OMG . I was hoping for an interesting read about her life and other characters but so boring and details that were just not interesting . I found Julies voice very annoying with too much emphasis on elocution . Sorry but a very boring read

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  • Bashful Reader
  • 15-03-2020

Absolutely blown away

It's no secret I'm a huge Julie Andrews fan and this book just gave such a different glimpse into our beloved actress life.
I learned so much, and my list of movies to rewatch grew.
Hearing Julie Andrews tell these revealing stories give so much more depth to the story.

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  • Earbud
  • 04-01-2020

I loved this

This is a must have if:
You're re a fan of Julie Andrews
You're are a fan of Blake Edwards and or his movies
You enjoy Hollywood bio's

First of all, having the author herself narrate, is priceless. Secondly I was pleasantly surprised to find that Andrews talks about her familial and marital hiccups very honestly. So amongst all the wonderful and interesting events described, there is also insights into the difficulties in her life. This was richer and more enjoyable than Home, which I enjoyed too.
Because she consistently kept a diary over the years, her memories of movie shoots, her co-stars, her performances, the family dramas etc are fascinatingly detailed.
In talking about her adopted Vietnamese daughters, she also reveals the circumstances in Cambodia and Vietnam after the war, which was an unexpected yet intriguing facet of the book.
I must say, I just loved this, well worth the credit.

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  • Elisa
  • 16-11-2019

Simply stunning

This book is gorgeous, Julie has so much class and kindness towards the world, thank you.

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  • Colin McIntosh
  • 16-10-2019

Completely Fascinating

Volume two takes us up to going back onto Broadway and I hope we don’t wait so long for the next volume. This one was very honest and much more involved than HOME (volume one). It’s a brilliant book especially as read by the author

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  • melbopp
  • 29-10-2019

wow she is a machine !

It got to chapter 11 and her kid had only reached 8 years old by chapter 20 her child was like 13 and she had adopted two more children. Holy smoke she packs into a year what I manage in 30years.. So many air miles, she must never have to buy a plane ticket again.

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  • barbara d e baldock
  • 14-03-2020

Another great listen.

Wow a lovely book. Especially with Julie reading it, it made it more personal and homely.

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  • Alison
  • 24-02-2020

The first book left me wanting to hear more

Julie certainly had an incredible childhood and early adulthood. That is dealt with in the first volume, 'Home'. Mature way beyond her years, I felt she had to cope as an adult because so often, the actual adults in her life just let her (and others) down. Her stoic nature just shone through then and it continues in this second volume. But the way she was able to cope with extended separations from her own family must, I felt, have been influenced by her own disjointed childhood.

Her personal life does seem to have been often fraught and painful, but she does not shy away from it.

Very interesting and honest.

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  • Jo Scofield
  • 26-01-2020

Forgettable

So disappointed after 'home' which I loved. Home Work gives a little insight into Julie's life but lacks the punch and highlights of the first. That said I adore Julie and she can read my bedtime story any time

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  • SimonD
  • 03-12-2019

An amazing read

Yet another brilliant, heartwarming, inspirational and honest book by Julie Andrews. The audiobook was made extra special by her narrating her own story. I really recommend this book to all. A remarkable woman with a remarkable yet also down to earth life story. The importance of her family really shone through. Great read.

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  • Squeaky Joe
  • 30-11-2019

A delight from start to finish.

This is the second volume of the actor’s memoirs, beginning with the story of Julie’s arrival in Hollywood and the movies that made her famous: Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. It details the ups and downs of her marriages, the growth of her family as well as her work as an actor and singer.

I’ve been a fan of Julie Andrews since seeing The Sound of Music as a kid, and though I’ve watched the movie dozens of times since, I’ve also loved many of her later films, such as Darling Lili, Torn Curtain, Victor/Victoria, 10 and That’s Life! As you’d expect, there are lots of anecdotes from her movies, but most revealing is the depth to which she explores her personal life and, in particular, her marriages to Tony Walton and Blake Edwards. The audio book is read by Julie herself, though hearing her use swear words in that charming English-rose accent, still makes me laugh.

A delight from start to finish.

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  • Ann Nuthall
  • 09-11-2019

Homework

Absolutely amazing I found so very good I so Loved her music and films it’s made me go back to the sixties to watch again

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  • Adisha
  • 28-10-2019

Outstanding and beautifully narrated biography

Let me begin by saying that Dame Julie Andrews DBE is a well-respected legendary star of the big screen. This is the second book of a beautifully read honest account of the early part of her career and family life.
Dame Julie presents a detailed and touching account of her life so far derived from candid and touching diary and journal entries.
She narrates, with clear prose and perfect pronounciation, in great depth about her stage, television and film shows and the astounding amount of time, effort and preparation that goes into her craft.
I especially loved the behind-the-scenes sections on two of my all-time favourite musical films from my childhood "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music". Another highlight, was the candid account of her marriage to the late, great film director Blake Edwards and how they adjusted to the double-edged sword of fame and world-wide media coverage about her private life.
It really is a joy to listen to and there is so much one can learn from and admire about her personality, kind and generous heart!
She continues to be like an English Rose and a role-model for many aspiring actors and really is, a remarkable lady, and like her Disney film character Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way!

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