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The Moon's a Balloon Audiobook

The Moon's a Balloon

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Publisher's Summary

When The Moon's a Balloon was first published in 1971, it received huge acclaim. The book became a classic and has gone on to sell over five million copies worldwide.

Rich in hilarious anecdote, it 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.

A self-confessed name dropper, Niven's encounters range from garden walks with Churchill to finding Greta Garbo swimming naked in his pool.

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What the Critics Say

"An immensely enjoyable, witty and racy memoir." (Sunday Times)
"Forthright, bawdy, and often hilarious, zany and zestful, his anecdotes should keep you entertained for hours." (Sunday Express)

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    Alison St Pierre Lancashire 18/09/2012
    Alison St Pierre Lancashire 18/09/2012 Listener Since 2010

    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!"

    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!

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Lizzie 04/09/2013
    Lizzie 04/09/2013
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    "Abridgement leaves something to be desired"
    Would you try another book written by David Niven or narrated by David Niven?

    I adore David Niven's writing style and narration.


    Would you recommend The Moon's a Balloon to your friends? Why or why not?

    I cannot recommend this book because the abridgement leaves out so much of the written work.


    What about David Niven’s performance did you like?

    David Niven's delivery of the abridged autobiography is excellent.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The lighthearted style of the writer/narrator made this a very good listen. There were some very sad passages and the emotions were alluded to, but it never became mawkish.


    Any additional comments?

    On the whole I was disappointed, probably because I had read the book when it was originally published and I am very aware of the huge gaps that the abridgement has left. It is such a shame as the book was one of the best of its type. I was going to buy and listen to the next instalment of David Niven's memoir, but I think that I will re-read the book instead - simply because I am so disappointed with this audiobook.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ben edinburgh, United Kingdom 08/08/2011
    ben edinburgh, United Kingdom 08/08/2011
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    "Velvet Niven"

    I have been reading a lot of autobiographies lately but I still return to this one as the most honest and moving. Short, heartfelt and authentic read by the man himself.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Gympie, Australia 08/07/2013
    Arthur Gympie, Australia 08/07/2013
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    "Absolute Classic"
    What did you like most about The Moon's a Balloon?

    Hearing the narator read his own biography. I have been put off several biographys in the past where 'ghost readers' are used!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Apart from David, there are so many other characters to choose from as he glances in and out of other peoples lives that it is impossible to pick just one.


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

    I am half way through 'Bring on the Empty Horses' and this is just as captivating. I did read the 'hard copy' version of 'The Moons a Baloon' many, many years ago but hearing the man read his own story is just awesome.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of them !


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. M. Smeeton UK 30/06/2013
    Mrs. M. Smeeton UK 30/06/2013 Member Since 2007

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    "So suave"
    Where does The Moon's a Balloon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    an excellent autobiography- memories of a bygone golden age in movies, recounted in a smooth, suave manner but never smarmy if you know what I mean? Some fascinating anecdotes, some laugh out loud funny moments and just a pity it seems over too soon.


    What other book might you compare The Moon's a Balloon to, and why?

    This is the same smooth and relaxed style of Michael Caine's autobiography.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Essex uk 14/03/2013
    Sarah Essex uk 14/03/2013
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    "I expected more"

    I normally avoid "abridged" versions of books, and in fact I only bought this version by accident.



    Not sure if the full version would be any better - but I felt this version was a quick summary of events with no detail and few amusing anecdotes.



    By all means listen to the full version - but this was disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Street 22/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous"

    I enjoyed everything about this book and was sorry when it ended. It was narrated beautifully by David Niven and gave a fascinating insight into his life.

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    MARK 17/10/2016
    MARK 17/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    More brilliant than words can tell you. Take time out if your busy life, sit down, listen and enjoy.

    Who knows, maybe you too will be taken away by Niven's balloon.

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    Shona Hay 16/06/2016
    Shona Hay 16/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "good listen"

    really enjoyed his story and how he got into films and not too boring also funny and lovely to hear David Nivens voice again.

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    Amazon Customer 16/05/2016
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    "life chancer"

    loved it witty sad a real person who opens up all his true feelings wonderful.

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    Stonewall, MB, Canada
    18/08/13
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    "Wonderful....but...."

    my only regret about this audiobook is that it is too brief, I wish it was longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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