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Dean and Me: A Love Story | [Jerry Lewis, James Kaplan]

Dean and Me: A Love Story

In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of a 50-year friendship, from the springtime, 1945 afternoon when the two vibrant young performers destined to conquer the world together met on Broadway and 54th Street, to their tragic final encounter in the 1990s, when Lewis and his wife ran into Dean Martin, a broken and haunted old man.
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Publisher's Summary

They were the unlikeliest of pairs: a handsome crooner and a skinny monkey, an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and a Jew from Newark, N.J. Before they teamed up, Dean Martin seemed destined for a mediocre career as a nightclub singer, and Jerry Lewis was dressing up as Carmen Miranda and miming records on stage. But the moment they got together, something clicked, something miraculous, and audiences saw it at once.

Before long, they were as big as Elvis or the Beatles would be after them, creating hysteria wherever they went and grabbing an unprecedented hold over every entertainment outlet of the era: radio, television, movies, stage shows, and nightclubs. Martin and Lewis were a national craze, an American institution. The millions (and the women) flowed in, seemingly without end, and then, on July 24, 1956, 10 years from the day when the two men joined forces, it all ended.

After that traumatic day, the two wouldn't speak again for 20 years. And while both went on to forge triumphant individual careers, Martin as a movie and television star, recording artist, and nightclub luminary (and charter member of the Rat Pack); Lewis as the groundbreaking writer, producer, director, and star of a series of hugely successful movie comedies, their parting left a hole in the national psyche, as well as in each man's heart.

In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of a 50-year friendship, from the springtime, 1945 afternoon when the two vibrant young performers destined to conquer the world together met on Broadway and 54th Street, to their tragic final encounter in the 1990s, when Lewis and his wife ran into Dean Martin, a broken and haunted old man.

©2005 Jerry Lewis; (P)2005 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Fans will be surprised and entertained by Lewis' honesty and diminished ego and bitterness." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Gregg 12-11-06
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    "Excellent Listen"

    I found the unabridged version to be excellent. This is one of few books I actually listened to more than once.

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    William Duxbury, MA, USA 07-21-06
    William Duxbury, MA, USA 07-21-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Entertaining!!!"

    I listened to the unabridged verson. I found it to be
    very entertaining. The narrator brings this book to life.
    (Please be aware that this is a different narrator then
    the abridged version)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Weeki Wachee, FL, USA 01-10-06
    Marilyn Weeki Wachee, FL, USA 01-10-06
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    "Enjoyable"

    This was a well written & very enjoyable book about 2 very talented men. The reader brought the characters to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David New York, NY, United States 05-14-14
    David New York, NY, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy "Sherlock Holmes." Classics like "Dracula" and "The Three Muskeeteers,"but predominately Star Wars. Thanks Audible!

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    "All-Time Greats!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book for its honesty, humor and touching moments.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's not only a backstage look at one of the all-time greatest partnerships, but also a loving tribute to a great friend.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Hoye’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time listen. Great job!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and sad at times.


    Any additional comments?

    Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis will always be remembered because of their talent, style, charm and humor of the likes which we will never see again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Wm Anderson @wordpress North Dakota, United States 01-10-14
    Charles Wm Anderson @wordpress North Dakota, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2002

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    "Best autobiography - great audio"
    If you could sum up Dean and Me in three words, what would they be?

    Joyful, heartbreaking, inspirational


    What other book might you compare Dean and Me to and why?

    There is no comparison. That's what makes this book so incredible.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Hoye – was your favorite?

    Why must I choose. Steve was great at Dean but had me believing he was Jerry Lewis.


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

    The night the laughter died and the morning the joy returned.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can listen to this book and not break out in laughter or weep like a child, you have much more in common with Dean Martin than with Jerry Lewis.Listen to this book and learn the wisdom and insight that only an insightful, introspective genius, as Jerry Lewis, can possess.Thanks for your courage, Jerry, and thanks for sharing your heart with us.

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    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 04-13-13
    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Unfortunate, had to stop."

    I read one review called "Is It Just Me?" and whereas I don't agree with all said in that review, it's just a matter of what I didn't enjoy compared to that review. There are many who have enjoyed this title, good for them. I had heard that Lewis had a pretty hefty ego, it showed here. I had to stop because I don't enjoy gratuitous and voluminous name dropping of dead and irrelevant Hollywood names. Maybe I'm too young at 61 years and this title belongs to those in their 80's, I don't know. All I know is that it did not work for me. Now, if Mr. Lewis wishes to recall his years with MDA, that could be really good, too bad this title did not go there immediately. I will say that narration did all it could do to help, talented, but alas not enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John OConnor Ogdensburg, NJ, US 09-09-10
    John OConnor Ogdensburg, NJ, US 09-09-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great Purchase"

    After checking out reviews and comments, I decided on the unabridged version because the fellow that narrates, Stephen Hoye, does a wonderful job of catching Jerry & Dean's personality. This audio book is definitely a Jerry Lewis driven vehicle. He, with the help of James Kaplan, wrote this in 2005, well after Dean's death, so obviously, Martins not around to confirm nor deny anything said here but I have no doubt that this is the way Jerry remembers their time together.
    Lewis mainly covers the 10 years they were partners, the families, Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, The Rat Pack, Mafia, Vegas, The Cabana and other major clubs of the time, the unavoidable Martin & Lewis break up, reunion on the 1976 Telethon that Frank Sinatra orchestrated without Jerry's knowledge, Dean's son's death and eventually the death of Dean himself. Much more then I'm willing to take the time to type.
    I can sense Jerry's extreme love for Dean throughout, his bitterness of how not only the partnership but also the friendship dissolved, his jealousy of Dean's wife and how, even though I don't think the author himself sees it this way but I sure do, how toward the end of the partnership Dean must have felt Jerry to be a big pain in his you know what. My own personal thought is that Lewis smothered the guy.
    Listen and let me know if you feel the same way.
    Titled correctly, this is what I believe to be a true love story between these fellows. Jerry Lewis loved Dean Martin. PERIOD!, and if a fan, you'll love this audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael west Winfield, NY, USA 07-16-10
    Michael west Winfield, NY, USA 07-16-10
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    "the best!"

    I am not a big Jerry Lewis fan, but after reading this book I must say that I now look at him much different light than I have before. The book is very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oakville, Canada 03-19-10
    Amazon Customer Oakville, Canada 03-19-10 Member Since 2009

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    "A Must Listen !"

    I had reservations about listening to Jerry's perspective on the events that happened to his and Dean's relationship. I find Jerry's kind of humor grating after awhile so I couldn't understand how Dean put up with Jerry for 10 years. But Jerry draws you into the heart of their story and you gain a much clearer insight of their electrifying chemistry and love for each other. I now have a new found respect for Jerry and his genius and can see him now as a gifted flawed unique being. The narrator is amazing, seamlessly capturing Dean's soft sexy tone and Jerry's voice in all it's crazy nuances. This is one book I think is better to listen to than read as the narrator brings layers that I don't think I would have picked up from reading the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Mesa, AZ, United States 12-13-09
    Jan Mesa, AZ, United States 12-13-09
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    "Almost gave it five stars"

    Love, love, love the classic Martin and Lewis. I do enjoy a good biography and this is one. If you even like Dean and Jerry you will enjoy this book. It is filled with bitter moments, very funny behind the scenes stories and Jerry isn't afraid to share the dirty laundry either. I will likely listen to this again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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