• A Spectacle of Dust

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Pete Postlethwaite
  • Narrated by: Philip Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-01-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Read by Philip Jackson with an introduction by Sean Bean.
After training as a teacher, Pete Postlethwaite started his acting career at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, where his colleagues included Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce, Antony Sher, and Julie Walters. After routine early appearances in small parts for television programs such as The Professionals, Postlethwaite's first success came with the acclaimed British film Distant Voices, Still Lives in 1988. He then received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Name of the Father in 1993. His performance as the mysterious lawyer "Kobayashi" in The Usual Suspects is well-known, and he appeared in many successful films including Alien 3, Brassed Off, The Shipping News, The Constant Gardener, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (as Friar Lawrence), and in Inception with Leonardo di Caprio.
©2011 Pete Postlethwaite (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited
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3 out of 5 stars
By Marion on 07-29-11

Pete's story of the love of his craft

I enjoyed the narration of this book but think I would have lost interest if reading it. The narrator spoke in Pete's voice which kept me glued but he went into so much detail on every aspect of his craft that I felt it was more a text book for actors than of general interest to a layperson. This does not detract from his total dedication to fine tuning that craft and I am a great admirer of his work and will look up movies that impressed me at the time. As he says, his face is no oil painting but his love of his chosen path shines through on screen. Unfortunately, the opportunity to see him acting on stage was never possible. I would have loved to have witnessed his "King Lear". His complete lack of regard to his health with heavy drinking, drugs and smoking seem an anathema for one so dedicated to his career. That he had the love and respect of his peers and total commitment to his family makes his early death so much sadder.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 01-09-12

A great read!

I am very glad Pete shared his life with us through this memoir. A testament that people can make it in this arena and remain human, kind, just, and civil and still be a raving success in the entertainment industry. This was a fine gift to leave behind for anyone who has ever been or will be part of the entertainment industry. I loved the memoir.
Just one big positive, real, sincere gush. A pleasure to read and a joy to view life and entertainment through Pete's eyes. A book you will not forget.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Colin on 02-26-14

An Extraordinary Life

This has got to be the best written, best presented and most engaging autobiography I have ever listened to. From early beginnings in the priesthood to teaching and then to full-time acting Postlethwaite never once sacrificed his standards or allowed himself to be swayed against his will.

Quite probably the busiest actor ever he weaves a tale of such interest, such exhilarating highs and devastating lows, that the listener is swept along, with each chapter bringing new and greater challenges that Postlethwaite not only rose to, but overcame.

But never did he allow himself to get caught up in the heady glitz of the Hollywood Set nor did he ever forget who he was or where his roots truly lay.

And then the final chapter where he has to face terminal cancer; without a doubt some of the most moving words I have ever heard.

An extraordinary man and an extraordinary life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve Parke on 03-12-17


Always liked Peter and this was a very touching book and with the events was very touching. Great read and a must you will love it

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