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  • Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

  • And Other Lessons in Life
  • Written by: Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Michael Caine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

Written by: Michael Caine
Narrated by: Michael Caine
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Publisher's Summary

Now in his 85th year, Hollywood legend Michael Caine shares wisdom and stories from his remarkable career in this "engrossing" memoir that "shines with positive energy" (Library Journal, starred review). 

One of our best-loved actors, Michael Caine has starred in over 100 films in his six-decade career, spanning classic movies like Alfie, Zulu, and The Italian Job (the inspiration for the book title) to playing Alfred opposite Christian Bale's Batman in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy. Caine has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy. 

Caine knows what success takes. He's made it to the pinnacle of his profession from humble origins. But as he says, "Small parts can lead to big things. And if you keep doing things right, the stars will align when you least expect it." 

Still working and more beloved than ever, Caine now shares everything he's learned - and "his fans will be rewarded, as will anyone seeking an enjoyable, inspirational read" (Library Journal).

©2018 Michael Caine (P)2018 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Caine melds candid anecdotes and a master class on acting into an upbeat, unpretentious, and star-studded memoir.... Warm recollections and practical advice from an acclaimed star." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Lou
  • 2019-01-26

Wonderful

Caine is a man whom I’ve never known much about but always had an instinctive fondness of. Blowing the Bloody Doors Off reinforces that fondness as Caine, very much in a stream-of-consciousness format, discusses a bit of everything from the traumas suffered as a child living in wartime, the mistakes and failures that all helped him grow and eventually led to his many personal and professional successes, to reflecting on his own disadvantages and a succinct recognition of the greater disadvantages faced by women and minorities. Caine takes a non-chronological approach, often jumping several times in a chapter to another time in his life, but it all connects and at times made me feel as though I were on a roadtrip with my grandfather. I will definitely be adding a hardcopy to my bookshelf as well.

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Wise Mentor

First off, I never thought I would get this attached to a person that I've never met, and most likely never will. It would be an absolute crime to read/hear this book only once. Slow and steady, Michael not only tells you about his life, but gives truly helpful advice, that aren't limited to actors. Thank you so much Audible, and thank you Michael for this rollercoaster of emotion.

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Great book

Michael Caine has always come across as very genuine and this book proves it. it's a story about his life and a lesson for yours. loved it.

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Great book

Listening to Mr. Caine's book was such a joyful experience. During his narration, the author has managed to involve all my 6 senses and more. Full of common sense, humor, sarcasm (yey!) and worldly knowledge, "Blowing the Bloody Doors Off" has
stricken me as most noteworthy, effective and persuasive work. The wisdom with which Mr. Caine lived his life and the ease with which he maintained a down to earth personality in spite of all glitz and glamour ... has enhanced my understanding of how most complex issues in life are actually so easy, pure and simple. Not to mention his unforgettable, charming, captivating voice!
Great job, Mr. Caine, here's to many more books and biographies. Keep up the good work!

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Every minute is a joy

Every minute bud life shows a whirlwind of joy and loss, happiness and discovery. Worth every moment, it’s so good I’ll read it again.

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Great read with great advice!

A good read especially if you like stories about Hollywood back in the day. I really enjoyed all the interesting stories told by Michael Caine himself - the life advice included was a bonus! He’s great!

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Excellent writing, reading and life story

What an amazing book. He has a great life philosophy I would love to concur. I am British and enjoyed listening to an accent I nearly forgot was once how I spoke.

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  • DD
  • 2023-01-17

No time for elaborate review

Something so personal as memoir or biography of any type can not really be graded on a traditional scoring system. It is either going to be good or it's going to be crap...I don't know what will constitute as crap until I hear it for the first time. This is an excellent Listen for me because the voice of Michael Caine could read almost anything and make it listenable, I think books like this will always give persons a pleasurable listen as long as they enjoy the reader, the art or subject matter spoke of or like I mentioned as a personal preference (and kinda a roll back to number 1 on the list), it can be found pleasurable or interesting if the reader has a good voice. Interesting man, good insights and clearly s help of a life..I give 5 of 5 and 4 of 5 and 5 of 5...4 out of 5 for performance was because I could hear the pages being turned over as her was reading a handful of times, come on Michael I'm ashamed to share my middle name with your first. ok I'm joking and even as a joke that's a little harsh but I stand by the four out of five that's pretty funny.

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I love Michael Caine

Loved the fact that he is such a humble man. Love his story from childhood to adulthood and all his trials and tribulations.

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  • Ben
  • 2022-07-05

Fantastic

Big Fan of Michael Caine.
Great hear his story and get some insight on life!

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