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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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  • Ben
  • 2022-07-05

Fantastic

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

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Great life lessons here.

This was such an enjoyable book, and if you happen to love Michael Caine's voice, that, is even better. I laughed and teared up all while enjoying Michael's take on life and how to find your way no matter your profession. Well worth the listen!

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Brilliant

I really enjoyed this one. Michael is such a character and lead a blessed life, but worked hard for it.

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Worth every second

As an actor, I wish I had this ‘lesson’ 40 years ago. Plus Michael has a way with phrases that really helps the reader know him and get where he comes from. Loved it!!

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AMAZING STORY BRILLIANT WRITING AND NARRATION

The world is a better place with him in it. I need to watch soooo many more of his movies now just so I can spend more time with him. He’s so eloquent interesting funny smart respectful and hard working. Great life lessons. I love him, what a great and inspiring human!!!

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Good life lessons

I think it was intended for new actors mostly, but it's also interesting to lifelong fans of this venerable actor.
It will make you want to go back and rewatch his movies through this new lense.
By the way, Muppets Christmas Carol is our annual tradition on Christmas eve. It's the best version as well as the Alistair Sims, but with fabulous music.

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  • Gregory C. Fowler
  • 2018-10-27

wow.

Blew my bloody doors off. The last part gave me goosebumps, and a tear in my eye. So many words and stories to live by. This will definitely NOT be a one time listen. I am now off to revisit his wonderful movies. Thank you, Sir Michael Caine.

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  • Just Curious
  • 2018-10-25

Pleasant Surprise. Pleasure experience.

I purchased the book thinking it was a memoir. It is somewhat. But otherwise, it is a kind of generous hat turnover for people in the theater. Nevertheless, being a tri professional, (three different professions), I found his advice about professionalism and professional duty to be universal and applicable everywhere. In every walk of life. His communication skills are very magical and the love for life and others translates into his memories and sound and caring advice. The empathy quality of it all began to envelop me and I felt like I was being coddled with a lullaby. He is very sane and it is apparent rather immediately and this is a comfort in today's world. I loved this book and I will listen to it again. It bought me comfort as no other book ever has. I wish everyone could know a man like Michael Caine. I am at ease.

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  • 2019-01-26

Combination Memoir and Acting Class

As an actor, Michael Caine has seen and done pretty much everything that a good person and a good actor can do. His pointers on acting are personal and yet apply generally, so that any actor -- even skilled and experienced ones -- can benefit from his experience and counsel. Even if you're not at all interested in acting, however, this book is a wonderful memoir by a wise and kind person who has lived through all that his profession has to offer, including the ups and downs.

He is quite candid about roles he took in films that were not going to be wonderful, ever; he faces head-on the fact that if you only have one skill that will make money for you, and you need money, and they offer you the money you need, the part is going to look better to you, even if you know the movie it is in will not be good. You aren't necessarily going for an Oscar every time.

With Michael Caine performing the book himself (it never sounds like "reading"), it feels as if you've just had a lovely conversation with one of the finest people ever to practice a widely-enjoyed art.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-11-08

Michael Caine. ...Doors off

I got to know the man. Humble, honest.
He is a very genuine human being. He’s been quite blessed and he fully realizes it.It was a joy to listen to it with him reading the story. I got the Audible because he’s about my age and I could easily relate to the things he said as one gets older. It would be good listening or reading at any age.

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  • LannaQ
  • 2019-01-16

Refreshing

I normally listen the suspense / thriller novels but needed a little break so here I am. I must say, listening to Michael Cain speak humbly about his life while giving pointers to promote the success of would-be-actors [that can be easily applied to life in general] was a true pleasure. It is amazing hearing about the places he has been to, the people he's worked with and taking the opportunity to learn from his life experiences. There was not one boring moment nor ho-hum story in the whole book. I was thoroughly entertained.
Highly recommend.

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  • Pennypie
  • 2018-10-30

Promises kept ...

Funny, in the opening “Michael” says there are life lessons here and then tells wonderful stories. When it’s done and after being totally entertained I realized, to my surprise, that there WERE life lessons here. Very wonderful.

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  • J, a long-time Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-08

so enjoyable

I remember shaking my head for "Alfie", trying to follow through with "Sleuth", being surprised by him in "Dressed yo Kill", feeling a tad of pity for him in "Educating Rita", and wanted him to be my butler from "Dark Knight ". I listened straight through. Michael Caine seems a fellow you'd be happy to meet and who would be gracious and happy to meet you. He makes a point to get value from every experience, makes no apologies for opting to for the value of a paycheck when necessary (like making "The Swarm" to buy his mum a house), but does regret not being fully present when he had a young family whilst struggling as he was starting out - like many of us. This book was framed as a primer for young actors, but offers advice for all. I finished it feeling like I learned something. And I like Michael Caine even more now.

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  • sumita fleming
  • 2018-10-31

What a pleasure!

Michael Caine (a heartthrob for my mother’s generation) is a wonderful actor and tells a candid and beautiful life story full of humor and love and genuine decentness! What a joy and inspiration to know that a balanced individual can navigate the acting world and stay true to himself and his family.

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  • Kaleb Coleman
  • 2019-02-10

Good stuff

When older people give knowledge keep your ears open. Lots of good gems of advice about life in this book.

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  • CB
  • 2019-12-29

Incredible book

This book is beautifully written and narrated by the one and only Michael Caine. This one is something special.

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