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Kiss Me Like a Stranger Audiobook

Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art

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Publisher's Summary

Gene Wilder is one of the great comic actors who defined the 1970s and 1980s in movies. From his work with Woody Allen, to the rich group of movies he made with Mel Brooks, to his partnership on screen with Richard Pryor, Wilder's performances are still discussed and celebrated today.

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.

Listen to a Fresh Air interview with Gene Wilder.

And don't miss Gene Wilder in Conversation with Wendy Wasserstein at the 92nd Street Y.

©2005 Gene Wilder; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Alex Award Winner, 2000

"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)

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    John USA 01-29-15
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    "A fun, interesting and warm hearted listen."
    If you could sum up Kiss Me Like a Stranger in three words, what would they be?

    Warm, funny and entertaining.


    What about Gene Wilder’s performance did you like?

    Gene does a wonderful job of narrating his book. It's like he is sitting next to your telling the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely listen to more of Gene's books if they are narrated by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John D. Miller Tumwater Washington 03-27-05
    John D. Miller Tumwater Washington 03-27-05 Member Since 2014

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    "Not funny but sometimes charming."

    In spite of Mel Brooks review, the book is not funny. It occasionally reaches for amusing. It did make me want to see a few of Wilder's movies again. Mostly the stories are painful to hear but they were interesting enough for me to finish the book.

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    Jennifer W. Weyler Central Massachusetts 01-09-17
    Jennifer W. Weyler Central Massachusetts 01-09-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Enjoyed his acting, his writing not so much"

    This book seemed like a boring linear description of all the times Gene Wilder had sex. I was uninterested in his sex life before I heard the book and positively bored by it after. When he gets to the part where he whines that he was no longer having sex with Gilda Radner - because she was fighting stage four OVARIAN CANCER - I wanted to scream at him. What kind of jerk writes that in a book? It's so self-centered and selfish. The writing was pedestrian. Wilder was funny in his films, but I found very little amusing in his book. Sorry I bothered.

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    Patrick Smyth Seattle, WA United States 11-16-16
    Patrick Smyth Seattle, WA United States 11-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A solid piece of self-reflection from Mr. Wilder"
    What did you love best about Kiss Me Like a Stranger?

    I am a huge fan of Gene's work. I started listening to this the day he died as a way to comfort myself. I wasn't disappointed. Gene's innate grace contrasts beautifully with his crass and often foul humor. I loved his honesty about his relationship with Gilda. To many, that is the relationship that defines Wilder. But not to Wilder, who clearly felt his relationship after Gilda was his most significant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His description of military school was, to me, the most illuminating. An empathetic nature is often born from experiences of cruelty. Though it's uncomfortable to listen to, I felt this gave me the most insight in to what made Gene...Gene.


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    Whit 11-08-16
    Whit 11-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "who knew:)"

    ug, Facebook makes you happy it makes you sad it makes you sick it makes you cry the most of all he was amazing and it makes you miss him and just wish she was still around

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    ICWENDON Iowa 11-04-16
    ICWENDON Iowa 11-04-16 Member Since 2016

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    "It is Like Having Gene Back Again. <3"

    The best way to enjoy this book is on Audible. Wilder's voice is sweet and soothing; so great to hear it again.

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    Ponder 10-31-16
    Ponder 10-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Like listening to a dear friend"

    The story is lovely. He reads it with such warmth and humor, it's as if listening to a friend sharing intimate stories from the heart. I love Gene Wilder and this gave me such incredible insight into a complex and kind man. I will listen to it again.

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    Lyndsey phillips 10-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Real"

    I struggled with finding the right words to describe this book. When I was almost finished, Gene Wilder described it in his own words. This book is real, it's human. It's optimistic and hopeful. I loved it, and I know it will be a book I read several times over my lifetime when I need to find hope.

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    Vanessa 10-21-16
    Vanessa 10-21-16
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    "Love love Gene Wilder"

    I loved that he made me laugh out loud. I loved that I loved his voice and how he told/read the story. His voice to me was gently speaking/reading to me that I did not want it to end. I miss him already. Great and touching story, sad, funny, fascinating.

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    Rob Risman 10-11-16
    Rob Risman 10-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Mesmerizing"

    The only thing that could make this book better than it is is by having it narrated by it's author which it was. An absolutely phenomenal experience.

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