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)
This is an excellent book. I'm not a big Jerry Lewis fan but I found his stories heartwarming, funny, and honest. He was candid about the bad times but was still able look back at the good times with fondness and a sense of humor. A very entertaining read. I had a hard time turning off my IPOD.
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.
I never liked Jerry Lewis, and I'm not old enough to remember the team, but Stephen Hoye's narration makes me want to go and find some old video to see what all the fuss was about. He manages to sound more like Martin and Lewis than they did.
This is, as the subtitle indicates, a love story, and who knows how accurate it is, but it's a picture of a long-lost time, and a tour de force performance.
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.
This book made me feel like I was there. A big thumbs-up to the narrator who succesfully took on the characters without being over-dramatic. The story is honest and touching and very funny. I highly recommend.
Yes, the first listen was very enthralling.
Jerry's endearing admiration for Dean
He accuratey portrayed the characters as if they were telling the stories themselves.
yes! a 16 hour road trip went by much smoother with this book entertaining me
Going back to the 40s nd 50s era was fun..
Stephen kept me interested
Dean and Jerry reuniting after 20 years.
Jerry Lewis is his #1 fan and never misses a chance of trying to convince us of his greatness. Yet the story is well told and very a interesting take on one of the worlds great comedic duos.
Now the telling of the story is a true gift...this is not only well read it is a magnificent performance by a true conveyor of the persons involved in the story-he gives a us much more then one would expect. I enjoyed every minute.
I never knew the depth and compassion of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis's relationship until now. A beautiful book that, quite honestly made me cry at the end. A must read!
I really enjoyed listening to the book, it brought back fond memories of times gone by. Martin & Lewis were a great act, too bad we could only hear the point of view from Jerry. Only thing would have liked to heard more details when they finally were talking to each other again in the later years.
Still I give it a good thumbs up!!!
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