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
"Fans will be surprised and entertained by Lewis' honesty and diminished ego and bitterness." (Publishers Weekly)
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)
I enjoy "Sherlock Holmes." Classics like "Dracula" and "The Three Muskeeteers,"but predominately Star Wars. Thanks Audible!
I would definitely recommend this book for its honesty, humor and touching moments.
It's not only a backstage look at one of the all-time greatest partnerships, but also a loving tribute to a great friend.
First time listen. Great job!
It made me laugh and sad at times.
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.
Charles Wm Anderson
Joyful, heartbreaking, inspirational
There is no comparison. That's what makes this book so incredible.
Why must I choose. Steve was great at Dean but had me believing he was Jerry Lewis.
The night the laughter died and the morning the joy returned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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