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

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.
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

4.0 (335 )
5 star
 (142)
4 star
 (103)
3 star
 (63)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (12)
Overall
4.2 (141 )
5 star
 (72)
4 star
 (34)
3 star
 (26)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.5 (141 )
5 star
 (95)
4 star
 (30)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Elliott Philadelphia, PA, USA 04-17-05
    Elliott Philadelphia, PA, USA 04-17-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    39
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    Mary east orange, NJ, USA 05-08-05
    Mary east orange, NJ, USA 05-08-05 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    Amazon Customer 07-03-05

    davan7

    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    265
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 05-11-05
    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 05-11-05 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    872
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1188
    108
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    26
    1
    Overall
    "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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John Tumwater, WA, USA 03-27-05
    John Tumwater, WA, USA 03-27-05 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    kellie thomure 05-20-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "what a lovely book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Gene Wilder's narration. He speaks with a gentle kindness and you can feel the emotion. Definitely recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Leila 03-25-16
    Leila 03-25-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One of my very favorite books 💖🌌"

    this is one of the most easy and comforting books to listen to, by my very favorite actor who feels very fatherly and brotherly and I loverly to me, I grew up with Gene Wilder in many movies and I even was with a man for 5 years who looks remarkably like Gene, and so this story helps me feel closer with dear Gene Wilder and also we have so many things in common I am in a struggle for finding art and love myself! This so helps me feel better and less lonely and more strong Brave and thank you so much ! I really wish I could do something to thank you :-) bless you for writing this ! 🌈🌌

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Angelique 03-13-16
    Angelique 03-13-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An incredible view of a full heart"

    The different perspectives that are learned, is so amazing to hear.
    I have always been a fan of the talent, I'm now a bigger fan of the human being of Gene Wilder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John 12-31-15
    John 12-31-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 08-10-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "increased my interest in his movies"

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

    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.