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Bring on the Empty Horses

Narrated by: David Niven
Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
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Summary

David Niven is remembered as one of Britain's best-loved actors. The archetypal English gentleman, he starred in over ninety films. He is also one of Hollywood's finest chroniclers. In this second volume, David Niven turns his attention to 'The Great Days of Hollywood' between 1935 and 1960. These were times of legendary film stars and despotic producers, of tycoons, of oddballs, and of classic movies. Rich in anecdote, and written in his inimitable humorous style, Bring on the Empty Horses is perhaps the most acclaimed sequel to an autobiography ever written.

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Critic reviews

"Might easily be the best book ever written about Hollywood." ( New York Times)
"As blissfully enlivening as champagne before lunch." ( Cosmopolitan)
"A delight from start to finish." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Delightful, Witty, Fascinating!

Beautifully written, Niven in his element, sharing anecdotes and behind the scenes glimpses into Hollywood in the 30s and 40s. Photographs of some of the old supporting Actors would have been useful. I found myself googling images to prompt my memory at times. He manages to talk his way through some of the most glamorous periods in film history without ever being unkind or salacious. I loved this book and will now be ordering some of the films he beautifully brings to life.

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Follow up anecdotes

This book, while not as meaty and strong as its predecessor- is a lovely collection of anecdotes not featured in the full biography. Worth the purchase - wish there was more.

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Highly recommended

Beautifully written and narrated. Enjoyed every word. I feel I've read everything out there that's a worthy read and struggling to find something new. So glad I came across this (and The Moon's a Balloon). Highly recommend both.

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Fascinating

A fascinating insight into old Hollywood and David Niven's friendships. Brilliantly witty and listening to David Niven's beautiful voice was a joy. Loved it!

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  • 08-04-20

A quick glimpse of a golden age

Niven reads bits from his second autobiography. His friends were the biggest stars of the 20th century, and he has some revealing little anecdotes about them. Just wish there was more of it.

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Fascinating book, of an era that will never be again. ....really recommend, funny, uplifting and narrated perfectly

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Highly engaging and interesting...

Such an engaging voice...perfect to listen to.

Interesting and of another time...old world glamour with just enough gossip to feel I'm getting insider information :)

Just lovely...highly recommend

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Hollywood stories from back in the day

Lovely stories from old Hollywood. David Niven speaks about his friends with endearment.
He has a lovely reading voice and I found him interesting.
It's more about the people that he has known rather than his own life experiences. More over the life experiences of others. But I found it very interesting. And have a new love of David Niven.

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Another great insight !

A good listen with Niven entertaining as ever but not quite up to the 1st installment. Having said that some great stories about Hollywood s finest. The final chapter sums up the man and his ability to reflect on his own life.

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Classic Niven

Self deprecating - full of highs and lows and laughs. He was a gent of his time. Story about Duke of Marlborough - fantastic.

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  • 04-02-16

Masterful story teller.

I enjoyed this audiobook, but a twinge of sadness listening as Niven's Parkinson's disease was slowly muffling his distinct British accent. His other book is also recommended (The Moon is a Balloon).