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Julie Andrews Will Voice Her New Memoir’s Audiobook

Earlier today Entertainment Weekly reported that Julie Andrews, known as the iconic leading lady in both Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, will voice the audiobook version of her forthcoming memoir Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years.

 

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This isn’t Andrews’ first venture into the world of writing. Previously, the actress published Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, a work that explores her difficult upbringing and earliest experiences with performing.

Home Work picks up where Home left off,  in the 60’s, when Andrews was cast by Walt Disney as the “world’s most famous nanny.”

 

 

And who better to tell her story of success than Andrews herself? Among her other talents, Andrews is often recognized by her voice. Her soothing lilt, and posh accent, is a sound that many have come to associate with childhood comfort. Children who grew up on Mary Poppins, as well as children who grew up on The Princess Diaries, all think of Andrews with the same kind of childlike love. Her career has endured for so long, she’s earned her status as Hollywood’s doting mother.

 

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Home Work provides a behind-the-scenes look at the career that thrusted Andrews into icon status. The actress shares anecdotes from the sets of her most iconic works, details you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Entertainment Weekly shared one snippet about how, on a rainy day, Andrews was forced to ride in the back of an ox-drawn cart full of camera equipment to get up the muddy Alps.

 

 

In her classic, Julie Andrews charm, the actress writes:

“I happened to be wearing a fur coat. It was the 1960s after all, and the humor in the contrast between my attire and the mode of transport wasn’t lost on any of us.”

Andrews’ memoir will hit shelves on October 15th, and the audiobook will be available the same day!

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Julie Andrews

Queen of Genovia, Julie Andrews, Publishing Second Memoir This Fall

Julie Andrews has stolen our hearts as more than one beloved character: Mary Poppins, Maria, the Queen of Genovia, to name, just a few. She’s captivated us in each of her on-screen performances, and in April 2008 she did it again in her memoir Home: A Memoir of My Early Years. Lucky for us, she will get yet another chance to wow us when the sequel releases on October 15th.

 

Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins

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The upcoming Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years will be published with Hachette books and will be co-written by Andrews’ daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton. Home, which chronicled Andrews’ childhood, became an instant best seller, and we expect nothing less from this next book, which is set to explore the obstacles she faced as a rising star dealing with divorce and raising her children. Hachette also states the book will explore Andrews’ work filming Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music.

 

Julie Andrews with daughter Emma Walton Hamilton

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Of course, her memoirs are not the first time Andrews has dabbled in writing. In addition to taking the world by storm as everyone’s favorite nanny, she has also written children’s books, including Mandy and The Great American Mousical.

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Kirsten Stewart and cover of Tithe by Holly Black

6 Actors We Would Love to Narrate Audiobooks

Summer is the perfect season for audiobook; whether you’re dilly-dallying on your way to work, trying to make the most of your moments in the sun, sunbathing on any available surface, or, if you’re super lucky, going on vacation (woohoo!).

 

We’ve rounded up the smoothest voices in Hollywood we would love to hear, and the books we think would best suit them! 

 

1. Julie Andrews

Julie’s soothing lilt has cropped up in some of our favorite fairy-tale films such as ‘The Princess Diaries’ and ‘Enchanted,’ not to mention the classic ‘Mary Poppins.’ Everything her tender tones touch seems to turn to gold. 

 

Julie Andrews

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Suggested BookA Little Princess

Since she’s already an old-hand at all things princess, we think Francis Hodgson Burnett’s ‘A Little Princess‘ would be perfect. A childhood favorite of many, this moving novel follows Sarah, who, having grown up in India, is sent to boarding school in England when her father is conscripted. 

 

2. Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman must have the most beloved voice in Hollywood, and we can’t think of anything we wouldn’t want to hear his rich tones recite! We’d happily listen to him reading the phone book, a take-out menu, a list of every type of lawnmower ever manufactured, the ingredients in a tin of Spam…ANYTHING.

 

Morgan Freeman

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Suggested BookThe Road

…BUT, given the choice, we would love to hear him read Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road.’ This dystopian tale follows a father and son as they make their way across bleak landscapes. We think Freeman’s famous voice would lend a wonderful dimension to this dark story.

 

3. Cate Blanchett

Blanchett’s narration at the start of the Lord of the Rings movies is pretty intoxicating, her voice at once soothing and powerful just like you might expect from an elven queen. 

 

Cate Blanchett

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Suggested BookA Series of Unfortunate Events

Blanchett is such a versatile actor, filling roles as diverse as Bob Dylan, Katharine Hepburn, and Queen Elizabeth I. With this in mind, we’d love to hear her reading ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’ Lemony Snicket’s best-selling series boasts an ever-changing cast of characters as well as some constants (like Count Olaf) who are constantly cropping up under different guises. The books are narrated by the character Lemony Snicket, but given the various male roles Blanchett has taken on before, we’re sure she’d pull it off.

 

4. Idris Elba 

Everybody loves Idris Elba’s cheeky London twang, and we know from his various roles that he’s capable of affecting many different accents.

 

Idris Elba with hands together looking at camera

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Suggested BookJames Bond books

Touted by many as being the perfect successor to Daniel Craig in the role of 007, we would love to hear Elba reading Ian Fleming’s James Bond books. It’s looking unlikely that he will land the role, due to scheduling conflicts, but hearing him read the books would definitely be the next best thing!

 

5. Kristen Stewart

We can’t get enough of Stewart’s laid-back, husky voice which always lends serious believability to her acting.

 

Kirsten Stewart with blond buzzcut

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Suggested BookTithe

We’d love to hear Stewart narrate ‘Tithe‘ by ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ author Holly Black. This dark modern day fairy tale is narrated by deadpan teenager Kay who spends her days touring with her mother’s band until she is sucked into the dark world of faerie-land. Stewart’s chilled out, authentic voice would be perfect for this cool character, not to mention she has experience voicing characters unwittingly sucked into supernatural worlds!

 

7. Evanna Lynch

‘Harry Potter’s’ Luna Lovegood has one of the most soothing voices in Hollywood, and one we don’t get to hear enough. Hailing from Louth, Ireland, she already has audiobook experience, narrating ‘Foster’ by Irish author Claire Keegan. 

 

Evanna Lynch

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Suggested BookSpare and Found Parts

We think Evanna would be perfect to narrate Sarah Maria Griffin’s new YA sci-fi novel ‘Spare and Found Parts.‘ Set in dystopian Dublin, Ireland, this story follows Nell who sets about building her own companion out of spare parts. 

 

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