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Alison St Pierre

Alison St Pierre Lancashire

Local Government Officer, listens to audiobooks whilst commuting, loves Biographies of quintessentially English eccentrics.

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  • "Everything I had hoped it would be!"

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    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!

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    The Moon's a Balloon

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    • By David Niven
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    Rich in hilarious anecdote, this audiobook 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.

    Alison St Pierre says: "Everything I had hoped it would be!"
  • "Michael Caine - The Elephant to Hol..."

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    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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    The Elephant to Hollywood

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    • By Michael Caine
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    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.

    Justin says: "Audiobook beats Hardback!!!"
  • "Seriously underrated writer!"

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    Dirk writes beautifully and his delivery is faultless. His beautiful "cut glass" English accent and the warm tones of his fluent French are a joy to hear. The book focusses upon his 20 plus years living an idyllic life in the south of France, his disdain for fame and its trappings and the touching illness and eventual death of his long term companion. I found the book to be transporting, funny and very moving. My only slight criticism is the way the book tends to jump about a bit, but I enjoyed every second of it and I wasn't ready for it the book to end.

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    A Short Walk from Harrods

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    • By Dirk Bogarde
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    A Short Walk from Harrods is the sixth volume of Dirk Bogarde's autobiography. In it, he pays tribute to the corner of Provence that was his home for over two decades, analyzes his sense of loss at 67 after the death of his life partner, and discusses coming to terms with living alone in London.

    Alison St Pierre says: "Seriously underrated writer!"
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