We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Kiss Me Like a Stranger Audiobook

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

Regular Price:$23.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (480 )
5 star
 (242)
4 star
 (137)
3 star
 (73)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (12)
Overall
4.3 (272 )
5 star
 (157)
4 star
 (67)
3 star
 (37)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (3)
Story
4.7 (273 )
5 star
 (207)
4 star
 (47)
3 star
 (14)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    John USA 01-29-15
    John USA 01-29-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    45
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Amazon Customer KETTERING, OH, United States 09-20-16
    Amazon Customer KETTERING, OH, United States 09-20-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Simply Wonderful!"

    my review is simple, it was wonderful to hear some of the background of Gene's life directly from him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rob Reppert 09-18-16
    Rob Reppert 09-18-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Private Life of a Funny Man"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tara Kirkpatrick Texas, USA 09-13-16
    Tara Kirkpatrick Texas, USA 09-13-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "the pain of a funny man"

    a gentle soul. heartfelt description of the hurts and joys in his life. listen like a stranger

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Justjanice01 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent book"

    What a wonderful book. He seemed like a truly genuine sweet man. Wish I would have listened to this long ago. Don't pass this book up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MrsDickens Florida 09-09-16
    MrsDickens Florida 09-09-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gone But Never Forgotten"
    Where does Kiss Me Like a Stranger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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... :)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many too many to say which... fascinating.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Gene's honest description of himself, and his virginity until the age of 21. Nothing "macho", sincere humility.


    Any additional comments?

    I only wish he had recorded more audio books. I will treasure this one...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    noah 09-07-16
    noah 09-07-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lovely words from an intriging human being."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Riccardo Manzotti 05-30-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "moving, compelling, catching, personal, true"
    Would you listen to Kiss Me Like a Stranger again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kiss Me Like a Stranger?

    When he understands why he has chose his artistic name.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Wilder tries to help a little boy


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love ever wins


    Any additional comments?

    The audiobook make me both laugh and cry and think

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gail 01-16-12
    Gail 01-16-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent Read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was narrated by Gene Wilder.


    What about Gene Wilder’s performance did you like?

    His dry sense of humor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bryan New Holland, OH, United States 09-24-10
    Bryan New Holland, OH, United States 09-24-10 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Wonderful Memoir"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.