• The Dreamer

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Cliff Richard
  • Narrated by: Cliff Richard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Cliff Richard tells his story, in his own words, in his highly anticipated new autobiography.

Achieving a hit in every decade since the 1950s, Cliff Richard stands alone in pop history. Coming of age in 1950s London, he began his music career at Soho's legendary 2i's Cafe, and now he's approaching his 80th birthday with record sales of over 250 million and counting. 

Cliff Richard was a pioneer, forging the way for British rock 'n' roll with his unique sound. The original British teen idol, his incredible story takes us into the studio of TV's first pop show Oh Boy!, through 40 years of Top of the Pops and playing live up and down the country and across the world, with a constant backdrop of screaming fans.

Cliff looks back on his humble upbringing and how he went on to fulfil his wildest dreams by becoming a pop star and even a film star. He talks about finding Christianity, reflects on the ups and downs of life in the public eye and reveals how the false allegations against him changed his life forever. 

He's seen era-defining pop stars come and go and he's still making new music, with a new project to be released this year. As a teenage Elvis fan in Cheshunt, this may have seem a distant dream. Here's his story of how he made it all happen.

©2020 Cliff Richard (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"Before Cliff Richard and The Shadows, there was nothing worth listening to in British music." (John Lennon)

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Cliff reading to me

I have never used audio books before, but so glad I did, as I found listening to Cliff telling his story, with all the added extras that reading it yourself you don't get, for one, pages of a book don't sing to you and listening to him, you hear the emotion and the happiness in various parts of the book, emotion that brings tears to your eyes and in other parts makes you laugh out loud, one of the saddest parts for me was the end, hearing him talk of epitaphs and when he is no longer here, don't really want to think about that, even though you know it will happen someday, long into the future i hope, as the world will be a sadder place without him, he has kept me going over the years, as he has done for so many others, long may he Reign. Love you Cliff xx

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Top drawer! Just like “Everything” Cliff Richard attempts!

The pace and content draws one completely in and reveals another Cliff Richard “Hit”! Loved hearing his story in his own words.

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A true Rock 'N' Roll Legend still kicking

How many 50's rock 'n 'roll singers do you know that have stayed active over years and are still performing & recording now. I only know of one. It's a shame Sir Cliff's popularity in the USA has been spotty. He's produced an amazing catalog of rock and pop songs over the years that most of has been ignored here in the USA. Do yourself a favor and read or listen to his excellent autography. Then check out The Singles collection that collects 127 of his singles from 1958 to 2002. You'll be surprised at what great music you may have missed hearing.

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Sir Cliff Richard OBE - The Dreamer

An absolutely wonderful and well written autobiography of Sir Cliff's amazing life written by the man himself, Who still continues to inspire so many people and fans around the world, America and the world had Elvis and the UK and the world has Cliff!.
This book covers all aspects of Sir Cliff's life from his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to worldwide stardom beginning in 1958 when a young 17 year old chap called Harry Webb began his recording life with a Rock & Roll classic called "Move It"
The stage was set and the fireworks flew as each new decade brought his story to the world, classic songs, unforgettable movies, concert tours and so much more, but as you will see in his autobiography Sir Cliff's feet are very much still firmly on the ground.
This book and his story are a joy to enjoy, the good, the bad and the ugly! Which is mention to the terrible and groundless accusations brought by the BBC, I recommend this autobiography very highly, it is superb and rich in detail, reflection and insight into what makes and sustains a global superstar with true staying power.I
Thank you Sir Cliff and thank you Audible for making this title available to us all.

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Wow! what a great book.

such an amazing journey, thank you for sharing your life, memories and your positive attitude. knowing your trials and successes makes my life seem right on track. I don't have your money, but I can certainly get up, ruse up and get on with it.

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An Admirable Gentleman

What a joy to listen to Sir Cliff, a man I have always admired and appreciated. Felt enormous outrage when he was so undeservedly, brutally persecuted by police and media. May God bless him always and fully heal every wound as he walks in the forgiveness that bestows lasting peace. Thank you, Sir Cliff, for your sterling example and lovely music!

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Excellent

Loved it...Cliff narrated the book very well and loved hearing him tell his story.

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  • papapownall
  • 10-30-20

Tennis, God and Rock n' Roll

You have got to admire Sir Cliff Richard, A best selling teenage recording artist in the 1950's and 80 years old this year and he is still going strong. The Dreamer is not his first autobiography, My Life, My Way in 2009 was heavily ghost written by royal biographer Penny Junor; since then, however, well publicised events have had a devastating impact on his life. Much of this book is a standard reading of Cliff's incredible life. We hear of his early life in India and his family's move to the leafy London suburbs.where he experienced prejudice from his class mates. There were two epiphany moments during the young Cliff's life, the first was hearing Elvis Presley for the first time and the second was discovering Jesus Christ. Impossibly popular and fashionable in his early years and impossibly unpopular and unfashionable (at least in the eyes of the newspapers and radio broadcasters) in his later years but with a legion of fans who have made sure that each of his 100 plus albums have chartered and his tours have consistently sold out Cliff is certainly an enigma who constantly defies the critics.
Cliff talks bravely about the well publicised salacious and sickening allegations against him and how, after living a dream, his life became a nightmare. It is testament to him that he has come through this and looks forward to the future with excitement and optimism. It is time for a re-assessment of Cliff Richard and for us to celebrate his extraordinary talent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-20

in one word outstanding

this book is absolutely brilliant a truly addictive read it had me hooked truly a great book

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  • Astroyoga
  • 11-04-20

The Dreamer

A beautifully written and narrated book. . I have been a fan for 60 years. I met him in Antwerp Airport and at his Quinta in Portugal. Seen him in concert numerous times and adore him. Gods bless you Cliff xx

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  • Kim
  • 10-30-20

Awesome

Listening to Sir Cliff reading was awesome he was funny and very entertaining.
Sir Cliffs life story had hardships and amazing moments.

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  • Beverley clarke
  • 11-28-20

Fantastic book countnt fault it at all

Loved it cliff read it so Lovely hes done brilliant Everything about it was a great listen

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  • Jean miller
  • 11-20-20

Brilliant book.

Loved this book, didn't want it to end. It was just as if Cliff was sitting next to me, telling his story.

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  • Stu
  • 11-18-20

Comprehensive autobiography of a musical legend.

Straight from the horses mouth, all the true facts of Cliffs life, covering his early years in India right up until the awful false allegations and bungled investigations by South Yorkshire police.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-20

Long may the dream continue...

A must read, especially enjoyed it being read by Sir Cliff himself. His passion and gratefulness shines through.

He has given so much to this country over the years and he has led such an amazing life.

As a fan of 20 years, it’s often hard to find out new things about his life, after reading and listening to everything he has produced. However, I have discovered lots of again fascinating insights into a national treasure.

I highly recommend this read, by a man of impeccable values and outstanding talent.

Thank you for everything Sir Cliff. Long may the dream continue.

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  • Maggie Bray
  • 11-10-20

A fab listen for any Cliff fan

It was great to hear Cliffs story from his point of view and in his own voice.
Anyone who is interested in British rock and or pop music is given a unique view of life on the inside making dreams come true.

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  • Derek Thorburn
  • 04-07-22

A Book I Just Couldn't Put Down

Having recently found this book on Audible and furthermore with Cliff as the narrator I used a credit for it straight away. Cliff and his music have been part of my life since at the age of four years and seven months I first heard Visions on Radio Caroline. I would often spend days with my maternal grandparents whilst Mum was working at a local shop and to keep me from causing havoc around the house my nan would switch the radio on which was always tuned to Radio Caroline and |I'd never move a muscle. I was too young to know who the presenters were but they were playing the music I was liking at the time and that was good enough for me. My liking for Cliff's music continued throughout my education at the special schools for the blind I attended and also at The Royal National College in Hereford and still continues today. This book was one I just couldn't put down until it was finished. I knew his life story since I'd read Which One's Cliff in Braille in the early 1980s. One chapter I found difficult to listen to was the one about the recent false allegations which were made against him. In fact so much did I feel for him over what he had to endure that a neighbour called to see me and said I looked a bit down and worried. I can so remember the time we were hearing of these allegations on the radio that despite Mun's scepticism over his denials I persisted in staunchly taking a stand during our conversations for him. I found her scepticism to be very hurtful, especially as she so loved his music and was in her twenties when Move It launched his career. I urge any Cliff fan to purchase this book and having him narrate the book meant so much to me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-22

Like a good wine - better with age!

Love it! Such a special experience to hear the man himself reading it to me. Quite the story and quite the life! I remember lots of it too. Thanks Cliff for an honest, interesting insight into your ‘dream’. Luv ya

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  • Christina
  • 04-09-22

Amazing

Wow, what an amazing experience. Cliff Richard, you are such a strong person! Thank you
You are golden!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-22

Personal time with my Pop idol

I've been in love with Cliff since I was 3. His voice just mesmerized me then and still does. This book is so candid covering his life from birth in 1940 to 2020. It was also a run-through of my life, remembering what I was doing as albums went to No.1 and tours took place, many of which I went to. Loved this book Cliff, thank you.

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  • Donna-marie
  • 03-20-21

loved it x

Have always loved Cliff and absolutely loved this book, very interesting from start to finish xx

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  • James Hippolite
  • 03-14-21

Sir Cliff's Cliffnotes

Sir Cliff wrote his memoirs and we get to hear his inner motivations. Great stuff. From his opening heart break his story of being a blessed dreamer reminds me of another dreamer who suffered as a result of the jealousy of others. A unique insight into the British music industry.

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  • Sarah Spooner
  • 12-30-20

Wonderful!

I loved this book and felt it was especially wonderful that Cliff actually was talking to me, telling me about his life, his journey and faith. As he was the narrator.
I have recently lost my husband and whilst Coronavirus & lockdown in Perth WA hasn’t been as bad as the rest of the world, it was nice to have Cliff’s story to think about.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who like me has been a fan of Cliff Richard all my life!

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  • Ann
  • 11-17-20

Best book of 2020 .

Loved it,. completely captivating, amazingly written,. beautifully read & historical correct. Without a doubt I'll be listening again time & time again.
Dreams really do come true ❤️