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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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    Marjorie Rancho Murieta, CA, USA 07-21-06
    Marjorie Rancho Murieta, CA, USA 07-21-06
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    "Dean and Me"

    I found this book incredibly entertaining as an audio book. Of course, it isn't high brow literature but it is interesting, poignant, sad and funny. The reader sounds so much like Jerry Lewis, I had to double check. Lewis reveals a lot about himself in his version of the relationship and the reasons for the break up. He clearly looked up to Martin and craved his approval. The personal and emotional sub-text adds more complexity than would be expected in a book about this show biz duo.

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    David Goldstein Henderson 02-08-06
    David Goldstein Henderson 02-08-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Dean and Me"

    Wonderful review of their lives, couldn't put it down. Really worth it!

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    Anthony Woods Cross, UT, United States 12-08-05
    Anthony Woods Cross, UT, United States 12-08-05 Member Since 2004
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    "great book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bluestar 02-09-15
    bluestar 02-09-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Great story"

    I always love these types of books I could not stop listening Wish it would not end

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    Pat 01-07-15
    Pat 01-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well Written, Funny, Moving"

    A very well written memoir, at times funny, sad, moving, but always caring. I only knew about Dean and Jerry from what I'd seen on tv, wacky movies and celebrity roasts, but there was so much more. Read this book and you'll be drawn into mid century show business, monkey business, and a complicated yet loving relationship between two legends.

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    Joyce Levair 09-23-14
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    "If you love rollercoasters...."
    What made the experience of listening to Dean and Me the most enjoyable?

    The narration was some of the best work I have ever listened to.


    What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought as though I was right there in the room as the conversations were happening. A fly on the wall - so to speak.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fr. M. David CT, USA 07-26-14
    Fr. M. David CT, USA 07-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Somewhat surprising, consistently interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are interested in the two primary figures, it is worth your time. If you're not, then it will not be.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    He seemed to convey the right tone for what the author was conveying.


    Any additional comments?

    It gives you a perspective of the two men you may not have had before, which is kind of the point in a book like this. But learning about them may not always leave the impression of them that you wanted to be left.

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    Victoria Wright The Berkshires, MA 04-05-14
    Victoria Wright The Berkshires, MA 04-05-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Martin and Lewis are back!"

    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.

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    Shawn Lindon, UT, United States 11-05-13
    Shawn Lindon, UT, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining and touching"

    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.

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    Jordan New Brockton, AL, United States 12-31-12
    Jordan New Brockton, AL, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Endearing"
    Would you listen to Dean and Me again? Why?

    Yes, the first listen was very enthralling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jerry's endearing admiration for Dean


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    He accuratey portrayed the characters as if they were telling the stories themselves.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes! a 16 hour road trip went by much smoother with this book entertaining me


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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