Kiss Me Like a Stranger is an intimate glimpse of the man behind the image on the screen. In this audiobook, Wilder talks about everything from his experiences in psychoanalysis to why he got into comedy (his first goal was to be a Shakespearean actor) to how a midwestern childhood with a sick mother changed him. He writes about the creative process on stage and on screen, and divulges moments from life on the sets of some of the most iconic movies of our time.
Wilder also opens up about his search for love and his marriages, including his marriage to comedienne Gilda Radner. But the core of Kiss Me Like a Stranger is an actor's search for truth and a thoughtful analysis of why the choices he made, some of them so serendipitous they were practically accidental, changed the course of his life.
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"A gracious, endearing book....[Wilder] writes with striking candor." (The New York Times)
"Pure Gene Wilder! Uproarishly funny and at times very moving. It made me want to go out and see every Gene Wilder movie again." (Mel Brooks)
Warm, funny and entertaining.
Gene does a wonderful job of narrating his book. It's like he is sitting next to your telling the story.
I will definitely listen to more of Gene's books if they are narrated by him.
my review is simple, it was wonderful to hear some of the background of Gene's life directly from him.
I always enjoy Young Frankenstein and many other Gene Wilder movie and was very sad to hear of his passing a couple weeks ago. When I read the story article / synopsis of his life on the web and was that he had written an autobiography I had to get it a.s.a.p. Gene Wilder read the book himself.
A great book of persistence to succeed doing what he liked to do did pipe the many struggles.
A fantastic story. I have to listen to it again.
It is definitely at the top of the list. He was a "storyteller, " and " a dreamer of dreams," as he said in Willy Wonka. Gene's voice was so soothing; his story told with great candor and earthiness. Now that he is gone; I find it comforting to listen to him as he reads his own story. RIP Gene aka Jerry; we will see you again!
Gene had an easy, gentle way about him. His colorful depiction of his memoirs is candid, warm and done with taste, even when touching on what he would consider, "delicate" subject matter. He had such a "self-effacing" manner. I will listen to this again every time I miss him; which will be often. He was one of the greatest; although he never considered himself to be anything special. When he interviewed with Robert Osborne in 2013; he said he was happier than he had ever been in his entire life. A compliment to his wife. She will feel the loss terribly. I look forward to seeing him again one day... :)
Too many too many to say which... fascinating.
Gene's honest description of himself, and his virginity until the age of 21. Nothing "macho", sincere humility.
I only wish he had recorded more audio books. I will treasure this one...
I loved every minute, word, and chapter of this book. Gene seemed like a simple human being, who had a lot to say. Listen to this book, then go out and buy the hard copy. P.S- who knew Willy Wonka was a little bit of a player.
It's one of the most compelling and sincere autobiography one may be listen to. Plus Wilder has a charming voice that would make anything just as good.
When he understands why he has chose his artistic name.
When Wilder tries to help a little boy
Love ever wins
The audiobook make me both laugh and cry and think
I purchased this book because I have been a Gene Wilder fan since I saw him in Willy Wonka. I specifically bought the audio version of the book because it was narrated by Gene himself.
That it was narrated by Gene Wilder.
His dry sense of humor.
I started this book with hopes of humorous anecdotes from the making of his more memorable films such as "Young Frankenstein" & "Blazing Saddles" and possibly a glimpse into is life with the comic genius Gilda Radner. What I got was a look at what many would perceive as a life filled with sorrow and melancholy. This autobiography portrays Gene not as a movie star or comedian but as a human being with many hurdles in his life both mentally, physically and creatively. The final chapters, his first meeting with Gilda and all they went through and ultimately the loss of her life along with how he met his current wife and his own personal struggle with cancer were the ones that really grabbed me and kept me glued to the book. I will never look at Gene Wilder the same way again. While I did not agree with his every philosophy especially those concerning marriage and family, I have a greater respect for him as celebrity and human being.
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