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A Memoir of My Early Years
Narrated by: Julie Andrews
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Summary

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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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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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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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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Good

Julie Andrews voice was lovely and the story was interesting and I enjoyed it. But the sound/audio were dreadful, lots of skipping, repeating words, muffled and stifled at times so that it was hard to hear at times. It really spoilt what would have been a lovely book.

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Wondefrul audiobook

Absolutely loved it. Julie's voice is heavenly, and her storytelling skills - captivating. I recommend.

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Home by Julie Andrews

I thoroughly enjoyed this book by the wonderful Julie Andrews. What a treat it was to listen to her narrating it herself. Loved every minute.

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A must for any fan

Loved it. Couldn't stop listening. It is all be better for being read by Julie herself. It really is a trip down memory lane as her performances take you back to your own.

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Beautiful story beautifully read

I have fallen in love with Julie Andrews all over again, and her calm gorgeous voice is relaxing and transports you into her amazing world.