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The Moon's a Balloon [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

David Niven
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Book Description

3 Oct 2005

David Niven is remembered as one of Britain's best-loved actors. The archetypal English gentleman, he starred in over ninety films. He is equally remembered as the author of this classic autobiography.

In his first volume, he remembers his childhood and school days, his time at Sandhurst and his early army service. He recalls America during the prohibition era and days in Hollywood before the Second World War. Of the war itself, he tells of family life back in Britain and his time on the front line in France and Germany.

THE MOON'S A BALLOON is a wonderful record of a truly remarkable and warm-hearted man, told in his inimitable style.


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Headline; Unabridged edition (3 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755314891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755314898
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* 'An immensely enjoyable, witty and racy memoir (Sunday Times * 'Forthright, bawdy and often hilarious, zany and zestful, his anecdotes should keep you entertained for hours’ )

Sunday Express --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

Book Description

David Niven's first volume of autobiography, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide, re-issued on audio cassette.


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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a great read. 22 May 2006
By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Are you looking for an excellent read which will make you or someone in your life laugh? Then look no further. The Moon's a Balloon (and "Bring on the Empty Horses!") are two of the funniest and most satisfying books I have ever read.

David Niven was not always a star. He had to go away and learn his trade in "B" movies before being allowed to enter the big time. He learnt that trade so well he eventually won an Oscar. Unlike some who were destined to become greats of Hollywood, he also put his entire acting career on hold whilst he served as an officer in a fighting unit throughout WW2. This book tells the first half of his life's story and what a story it is. Like every biography ever written, the best bits are not found at the beginning, so some readers, therefore, might find it slow going at first - though most will not. Then we meet the rich and famous stars of Hollywood from another era and learn a little about each of these people and their various relationships as we move from one to another and sometimes back again.

Written in David Niven's own hilarious style, there is so much humour here that you "will" find yourself insisting others read this book. In fact, it is so funny - especially his descriptions of the wrong use of English words by foreign movie directors, one finishes the book in the knowledge that had David Niven not become an Oscar-winning movie star, he would easily have achieved great success as a writer.

Refreshingly, Niven writes about his fellow personalities from that golden age of the Hollywood of yester-year with charming frankness. Where others might expose drunkenness or sordid behaviour, Niven simply makes us laugh and, in so doing you really do get the feeling that those of whom he speaks would approve.

The underlying theme, of course, is David Niven's life and, as one reviewer has said elsewhere, this book leaves you wishing you had met this man. Me too.

NM
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
If, as a novelist, you set out to create a fictional character who is sublimely witty and supremely charismatic but who has a lively capability to disregard "acceptable behaviour" then the end product would surely mimic Niven.
Niven's anecdotes and recollection of experiences from early childhood through his schooling and military career had me enthralled and laughing out loud on more than a few occasions. Recalling his Hollywood years in the company of a "Who's Who" of the Silver Screen enlightens the reader perhaps too young to have followed his career at the time.
There is no doubt Niven lived his life to the full. Equally, be in no doubt that he has the skill and humour to write of his experiences and to keep the reader absorbed and cheered.
How I wish I had met David Niven. An aristocrtic "Diamond Geezer" of the highest order!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I found this book hard to put down. This book gives an honest account of a most extraordinary man and his life from childhood to the height of his hollywood career. His meetings with Women of the night and some of the worlds most important political figures. A story of love, hate, tragedy and ill health.One of those "must read" books
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could have met him 5 Dec 2000
Format:Paperback
Hugely enjoyable, funny, moving and painfully honest.
Probably the finest autobiography I have read. A must read. Would make an excellent present for almost anyone.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a great read. 29 May 2011
By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Are you looking for an excellent read which will make you or someone in your life laugh? Then look no further. The Moon's a Balloon (and "Bring on the Empty Horses!") are two of the funniest and most satisfying books I have ever read.

David Niven was not always a star. He had to go away and learn his trade in "B" movies before being allowed to enter the big time. He learnt that trade so well he eventually won an Oscar. Unlike some who were destined to become greats of Hollywood, he also put his entire acting career on hold whilst he served as an officer in a fighting unit throughout WW2. This book tells the first half of his life's story and what a story it is. Like every biography ever written, the best bits are not found at the beginning, so some readers, therefore, might find it slow going at first - though most will not. Then we meet the rich and famous stars of Hollywood from another era and learn a little about each of these people and their various relationships as we move from one to another and sometimes back again.

Written in David Niven's own hilarious style, there is so much humour here that you "will" find yourself insisting others read this book. In fact, it is so funny - especially his descriptions of the wrong use of English words by foreign movie directors, one finishes the book in the knowledge that had David Niven not become an Oscar-winning movie star, he would easily have achieved great success as a writer.

Refreshingly, Niven writes about his fellow personalities from that golden age of the Hollywood of yester-year with charming frankness. Where others might expose drunkenness or sordid behaviour, Niven simply makes us laugh and, in so doing you really do get the feeling that those of whom he speaks would approve.

The underlying theme, of course, is David Niven's life and, as one reviewer has said elsewhere, this book leaves you wishing you had met this man. Me too.

NM
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Biography 8 Feb 2007
Format:Paperback
I picked this up to read on the train when I first started work and was the first biography I read. That was over fifteen years ago and I still remember much of this book. David Niven takes you through the highs and lows of his life. You are taken on a journey from the early twentieth century through his school years to Hollywood, back home to serve his country in the second world war, to the changing times of the sixties. There are real highs and a devastating blow that you would not want to experience in your own life. This book covers a span of time and experience that current biographies (Jade/Chantelle etc etc) cannot match as none of these chancers have experienced anything yet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very funny
Published 2 days ago by William MacArthur
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A lively read, by a real charmer.
Published 5 days ago by PGTips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 9 days ago by MR D P HOSEY
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny and full of wonderful incidents
Enjoyable read, very funny and full of wonderful incidents, as well as sad ones.
Published 23 days ago by rosalind cortes
3.0 out of 5 stars Have bought used items before and this was not as good quality as
Book was dirtier than expected. Have bought used items before and this was not as good quality as expected
Published 1 month ago by LIZ G
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by r.miller
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read about a great actor.
What a life he had and great story's of the old Hollywood legends, I think he knew everyone including Prime ministers and Presidents, a good read.
Published 1 month ago by Ian Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read....now almost a historical work but nevertheless charming...
A wonderful and entertaining book that catalogues the highly interesting and varied life of one of Britain's most charming and witty acting legends.
Published 1 month ago by Foghorn Leghorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
GOOD READ
Published 1 month ago by gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband had a copy of this book by David Niven and always talked...
I my daughter bought this book for her Dad for Fathers Day. My husband had a copy of this book by David Niven and always talked highly about it and how funny the book is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GK
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