A Spectacle of Dust

  • by Pete Postlethwaite
  • Narrated by Philip Jackson
  • 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Colin

Did not disappoint - offers hope and positivity

I enjoyed this book. Having admired the amazing work of PP I was intrigued to know the story behind the image.

As a cancer patient I was also a little nervous of what I might hear.

The book is very well narrated by Philip Jackson, a very great talent himself, but his narration complimented the story, not overshadowing the biography at all.

Overall I feel inspired by the mindfulness of Mr Postlethewaite
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- Mrs Janet MearesDavies

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2011
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited