After checking out reviews and comments, I decided on the unabridged version because the fellow that narrates, Stephen Hoye, does a wonderful job of catching Jerry & Dean's personality. This audio book is definitely a Jerry Lewis driven vehicle. He, with the help of James Kaplan, wrote this in 2005, well after Dean's death, so obviously, Martins not around to confirm nor deny anything said here but I have no doubt that this is the way Jerry remembers their time together.
Lewis mainly covers the 10 years they were partners, the families, Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, The Rat Pack, Mafia, Vegas, The Cabana and other major clubs of the time, the unavoidable Martin & Lewis break up, reunion on the 1976 Telethon that Frank Sinatra orchestrated without Jerry's knowledge, Dean's son's death and eventually the death of Dean himself. Much more then I'm willing to take the time to type.
I can sense Jerry's extreme love for Dean throughout, his bitterness of how not only the partnership but also the friendship dissolved, his jealousy of Dean's wife and how, even though I don't think the author himself sees it this way but I sure do, how toward the end of the partnership Dean must have felt Jerry to be a big pain in his you know what. My own personal thought is that Lewis smothered the guy.
Listen and let me know if you feel the same way.
Titled correctly, this is what I believe to be a true love story between these fellows. Jerry Lewis loved Dean Martin. PERIOD!, and if a fan, you'll love this audio book.
My favorite Audible book by far. Believe the reviewers. I drive 85 miles a day to and from work. The Help had me captivated for nearly a month of highway cruising. At the end of the day when I arrived home, I didn't want to leave my car. I'd often sit in my driveway with my car's auxiliary power on just to finish out the chapter we were on. I say we because after awhile, I felt that I knew the characters.
As you can probably tell, I immensely enjoyed the narration. The actresses performed different voices for each character, and there are many in this book. So smooth are the performances that at times I had forgotten it was a book they were reading from.
You wont be disappointed. I have a Garmin GPS and downloaded The Help directly from Audible.com to my Library which placed it in my connected GPS.
Although not necessary to enjoy the book, I actually took it upon myself to turn my GPS's lane direction voice off so that it wouldn't interrupt the dramatization provided by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer and Cassandra Campbell.
I don't feel I need to repeat the synopsis here because that could be found in anyone of these 5 star reviews. Like I said, believe the reviews on here. Still undecided? Get it. You'll thank me and every other 5 star review here.
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