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The Elephant to Hollywood

Narrated by: Sir Michael Caine
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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

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amazing life, and so much more enjoyable himself

loved it. gutted when it finished. feel compeeled to watch all of his movies in the order he made them

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Well worth the listen.

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.

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Invigorating

With a glass of wine in hand and in a relaxing chair, listening to Michael was like I was just having a chat about his experiences and learning so many things along the way. Love Michael Caine.

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Such a voice

Remarkable stories, as Michael would say "you couldn't make it up" and that is what it is all about.

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Highly Enjoyable.

Full of humour and honesty.
I found Michael Caine to very interesting.
I would happily listen to it again.

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Interesting and wonderful life

If you could sum up The Elephant to Hollywood in three words, what would they be?

Life is funny.

What did you like best about this story?

The genuine warmth and humour of Michael Caine's narration. I imagined it would be like having dinner with him. I have always been a fan and, coming from the East End myself, I could relate to much of what happened in his early life.

Have you listened to any of Michael Caine’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, this is the first, but it won't be the last.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not in one sitting because I really wanted to listen to it, but I looked forward to going back to it and listened every day.

Any additional comments?

A wonderful man, a lovely book and narration.

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  • Justin
  • 15-10-2010

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!!!

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  • L A Stevenson
  • 10-11-2010

Superb

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.

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  • Bridgid
  • 31-03-2011

Brilliant

Loved this honest, enlightening and funny autobiography narrated by Michael Caine himself. Well worth a read/listen.

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  • John
  • 09-10-2010

A great story and well read .

Serious and witty at the same time.

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  • peter
  • 28-12-2011

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!

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  • I Endsor
  • 22-08-2011

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.

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  • Mr R.
  • 04-08-2011

A Legend

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.

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  • Alison St Pierre
  • 07-09-2011

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.

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  • Steve K
  • 29-12-2011

Not bad

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

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  • James
  • 30-01-2011

Wonderful

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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