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Kiss Me Like a Stranger Audiobook

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

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.
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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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    Elliott Philadelphia, PA, USA 04-17-05
    Elliott Philadelphia, PA, USA 04-17-05
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    "Interesting for a number of factors."

    Gene Wilder, in telling about his career, leaves enough hints for the aspiring actor, director and producer to better themselves. There are joyous moments and there are sad moments. But there isn't a moment where you'll lose interest.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mary east orange, NJ, USA 05-08-05
    Mary east orange, NJ, USA 05-08-05 Member Since 2014
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    "funny, moving, poignant"

    I don't know why but I am always surprised to find that even the rich and famous are plagued by the same problems and insecurities everyone else has. Yes, certain parts of the book are painful to read but who's life story is without pain? I was very touched and found it moving. And yes, it did bring to mind the many funny movies Gene Wilder has been in and I hope they have made it to dvd because I wouldn't mind seeing them all over again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-03-05

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    "an intimate portrait"

    It becomes clear that the early segment of Wilder's narrative parallels years of sessions with his therapist--touching and painful and ultimately leading to growth as an artist and as a man, flawed but fascinating. I can't imagine this book read by anyone but the author, especially given that his credo as an actor is to make it real. It definitely makes one want to go back to a number of his movies, especially some of the lesser-known ones.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 05-11-05
    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 05-11-05 Member Since 2016
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    "Brutally honest and charming"

    Gene Wilder discusses his childhood; his parents, his marriages; with brutal honesty and charm. Truly an unexpected glimpse into a great mind; more than I expected in some areas, less than I wanted in others; Bravo Mr. Wilder-- would like to read more of your writings!

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    John Tumwater, WA, USA 03-27-05
    John Tumwater, WA, USA 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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    John 12-31-15
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    "Not My Gene Wilder."

    Related tremendously to the military school trauma. And admired his frankness and courage not only writing about but reading it very well. But overall I get a report of what sounds like a profound depression coming from Gene and a kind of apathy that feels solipsistic. Is that all there is? Were you just a sublime actor and behind it was a grim, miserable, sop with saccharine sentimentality and towers of bitterness? Gene Wilder had NO idea what he was to us. What he was communicating. True magical razzmatazz. Not the dumb kind. The sparkling like the sun kind. That's not acting, that comes from a soul on fire and you can't kill it. Age and hair loss doesn't kill it if it's real. It should enhance IT. He should right now be out there with blazing cataract eyes freaking the shit out of all us kids. His comedy was the madness of a man who couldn't stand how dumb the world was but was grinning and bearing it even if through his teeth. And showering us with love at the same time. That's why he played God sooo well. Do it again Gene.

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    puppyraiser 08-10-15
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    "increased my interest in his movies"

    I loved the insights into the serendipity of life and untold struggles of movie making.

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    "Gene has a rare gift for story telling"

    I've admired Gene for so long , I hate running but listening to him tell his story made me anxious to get outside and run just to listen to him speak . Wonderful book and wonderful to hear him read it .

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    John USA 01-29-15
    John USA 01-29-15 Member Since 2012
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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.

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    Riccardo Manzotti 05-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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