Born Maurice Micklewhite, son of a Billingsgate fish porter and a charlady, Michael Caine's life has been an extraordinary rollercoaster: from washing dishes and fighting on National Service, to winning two Oscars and being knighted by the Queen.
With more than 80 films to his name, he has starred in some of the classics of modern cinema: as an action anti-hero in Get Carter, a Cockney lothario in Alfie, and a disillusioned alcoholic academic in Educating Rita.
He is an enduring model of British cool. This authorised biography charts the amazing highs and lows in his turbulent ride to fame, fortune, and respect.
©2007 William Hall (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
"A gripping biography...wonderful." (Daily Mail)
Unlike the previous reviewer; I found the cockney Michael Caine impression quite good. What I did not like was the constant a*** licking style. We all know how good an actor Michael is or we would not be reading the book. If you were to take out the film reveiw's and gushing of how great michael is then this book is sparse. if I wanted to read a reveiw of any of the films I could do this online. I am not what you would call a BIG fan of MC I appreciate his good films and outspoken views but I did not learn aything new from this book at all. I suspect it's more about what he does not say rather than what he does; every fellow actor he has appeared with is described as 'utterly professional' so if you have worked along side Mr Caine and not got a mention then your probably not on his xmas card list. Disapointed!
I must admit to not listening to this one all the way through - I found the choice of narration ill-suited to the subject matter. After listening to 15 minutes I then skipped through to see if the style changed - it didn't.
There is (in my opinion) over the top emphasis and expression - like the narrator was auditioning for a west-end Shakespearian play any trying out a spoken style range to add excitement and interest. His impersonations were interesting as well and in all the style use detracted from the value of learning more about the life and times of Sir Michael Caine. A disappointment.
I'm sure many will find the narration an added layer of enjoyment, unfortunately I did not.
Interesting look at a wonderful actor. Especially enjoyed the ability of Andrew Wincott to mimic Sir Michael Caine.
"The reader is fabulous"
This book is so easy to get into as the reader has the knack of using several different voices for different characters thereby making it so easy to follow. His voice is startling as Michael CAINE. Wow.
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