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The heroine of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music tells her life story from the music halls of London to Broadway stardom.

Over the years Julie Andrews has been much interviewed in the press and on television, but she has never before revealed the true story of her childhood and upbringing. In Home she vividly re-creates the years before the movies. 

An idyllic early childhood in Surrey was cut short when her parents divorced and her mother remarried. The family moved to London, and there are vivid scenes of life during the Blitz. Her mother went into musical theatre with her stepfather, who encouraged Julie to have singing lessons which led to the discovery that her voice had phenomenal range and strength for someone her age. Before long she was appearing on stage with her parents. She soon realised how much she enjoyed looking out into the black auditorium with the spotlights on her. By the time she was a teenager, she was supporting her whole family with her singing. 

A London Palladium pantomime led to a leading role in The Boyfriend on Broadway at 19. Parts in My Fair Lady opposite Rex Harrison and Camelot with Richard Burton soon followed, and there are wonderful anecdotes about the actors and actresses of her day. But this is far more than a collection of show stories (it's not until the final part of the audiobook that Julie gets the call from Disney for Mary Poppins); Home is an honest, touching and revealing memoir of the early life of a true icon.

©2019 Julie Andrews (P)2019 Hachette Audio Ltd

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problems with the audio

there were serious problems at part with the quality of the recording. sometimes it jumped words which is quite annoying. the story and the performance on the other hand are spotless

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Fabulous Read - highly recommend

I enjoyed this book so much! I Didn’t know much about this lovely lady before I heard it, beautifully written and read by Julie herself. What an amazing life! I was completely drawn in, I laughed and cried. I have already pre ordered the second book which is out on the 15th October 2019 and can’t wait to read it.

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Like shes talking right at u and u alone

like sitting on the floor od your grans as she tells you stories if her youth ....u cant be listen in awe of the wonderment that she still finds in everything ....u feel her nerves as she autions u get caught up on jer excitement of new adventures and u fins yourself smiling as she finds the goos in everyone she met even when they crossed her...with this 'home work' done im ready for volume two ..it wont be easy saying goodbye to her at the end of her tales she wi have become part of your family...kinda makes me glad i met her once..fleeting memorable and still gives me goosebumps and makes my voice tremble

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Beautiful

Beautifuly read with Ms Andrews perfect diction. Not only a wonderful insight into an interesting life but a glorious look back into years gone by.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Very much enjoyed listening to Julie Andrews telling her life story. So honest and interesting.

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Wonderful with some poor editing

Wonderful book of a legendary person. Unfortunately the editing of the recording is not perfect (some snippets of recordings repeated or running into each other) but this wasn't enough to warrant knocking off any stars. I couldn't give Julie Andrews any fewer than 5 stars!

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Great but technical problems

Really interesting and pleasant read. Around chapter 44 there were some audible issues (cutting out words) but otherwise very good.

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wonderful

truly wonderful book. enjoyed ever part of it and was really take away with the story of her life.

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Excellent

This book was an excellent biography read by the author. It was very easy to listen to and I loved hearing about her life.

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marvellous

I loved this book. Julie Andrews is an absolutely delightful to listen to. the story is so very interesting, I have been a fan of Julie's since I was a child and first saw her in Mary Poppins. however there is so much Julie had experienced way before her Mary Poppins days. I would definitely recommend this book to family and friends.