S3 E7: Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life

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Michael Caine, Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life

Hollywood legend Michael Caine looks back on his remarkable acting career and shares insights and stories that inspire us to pursue our dreams. Join Sarah and Rebecca as they discuss Michael Caine’s book, Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life.

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life by Michael Caine

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16 responses to “S3 E7: Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life”

  1. HI Rebecca and Sarah, a most interesting discussion about Michael Caine’s autobiography. I have not read it, I rarely read autobiographies and I only know Michael Caine via heresay because of my mom. I’ve never watched one of his movies. I know he was in a movie about the battle between the Zulus and the British at Rorke’s Drift and that is a movie I do intend to watch sometime.

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    1. I think you will enjoy the movie, Zulu, Robbie. I watched it many years ago and I still remember the scenes. I found a partial interview with Michael Caine on how he was given a part in Zulu.

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  2. Thank you, Rebecca and Sarah. Your dialogue brought back so many Michael Caine memories. The book sounds amazing. It reminded me of how much I enjoyed David Niven’s autobiography long ago as well Peter Ustinov’s ‘Dear Me’.

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    1. I am delighted that you enjoyed this podcast. Sarah and I have so much fun discussing books. I love to hearing her perspective. I just found Peter Ustinov’s “Dear Me” audiobook. His voice is distinct. I understand that his grandmother wanted him to be baptized in the River Jordon “for old time’s sake.” Thank you for the introduction. Many Hugs!

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      1. I love Peter Ustinov’s voice!

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  3. Such a great actor. (I know that quote so well). I don’t listen to many audiobooks, but I’m sure I’d love listening to this one. You talk about his versatility, and it’s absolutely true. He’s one of those few actors who don’t need to imitate an accent to make a character completely believable.

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    1. You would love this book, especially if you listened to his voice, Chris. I love Michael Caine’s rendition of Rudyard Kipling’s “If”.

      Have you ever considered recording your poetry, Chris? I believe that voice adds emotional nuances, especially in poetry.

      Many thanks for your comments and visit! I enjoy our conversations.

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      1. Delightful, isn’t it, Rebecca. I have made a few attempts at recording my poems, but I haven’t been satisfied with them so far. I shall have another go though.

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  4. What a delightful conversation! Thank you for this review. I am of an age that I remember personally the things you talk about. I think I was very fortunate to have lived in this time and to have experienced many of the things and experiences written about in this book. And, because of this review, I will certainly put this on my reading list. Thank you for this encouragement! !

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    1. You will enjoy this book, Frances, especially in the form of an audiobook. Michael Caine’s voices adds dynamics to the listening experience. He did not have an easy childhood, but he persevered and continued to learn and perfect his delivery. The greatest lesson for me was that to work hard and make a commitment to your life. Many thanks for your comments!

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      1. I look forward to this book–and it is on “audiobook–even better! ! !

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      2. 💕🌷🥀🦋🌷💕

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  5. This was quite a treat! I’ve always enjoyed Michael Caine’s movies. I love his John Wayne story. What a hoot!

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    1. I really enjoyed this book, Liz. Michael Caine is a storyteller. His childhood was traumatic, but he moved forward. I especially appreciated his thoughts on “using the difficulty.” This is one of many quotes that resonated:

      “When you are prepared, you are able to subdue your fear, control your nerves, channel your energy, and enter that state of highly alert relaxation that is spontaneity’s best friend.”

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