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Dean and Me Audiobook

Dean and Me: A Love Story

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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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    Jim 06-08-16
    Jim 06-08-16 Member Since 2017

    Since Del Rey stopped the EU I've gone over to horror novels. I was really lucky when the first zombies. Mark Tufo is my favorite so far.

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    "By far the best Bio I've ever read so far"

    Jerry Lewis was the first celebrity I've ever met and he could see I was a little starstruck so when he stopped and said hi that was just so cool to me. That was back in 1985 in Las Vegas. I will always remember him as a class act and gentleman. I went on to meet him several more times and he was nice every time.

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    David 02-10-16
    David 02-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Highly recommend"

    Well written. I highly recommend this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Thank you for sharing

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    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 01-08-16
    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 01-08-16 Member Since 2014

    Avid Listener of books at 1-1/2 times the normal speed. Trying to make up for all those boring high school teachers that could not reach me.

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    "Fascinating story and interplay"

    This was a joy to listen to and gave me a sense for the 1950's The narration is great and should not be missed. I had no idea you could make that kind of money in a week. Doing club dates. They where one hot act.

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    shebear Ontario, Canada 12-28-15
    shebear Ontario, Canada 12-28-15
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    "Superb!"

    Jerry Lewis....What a great book! Heartfelt. Detailed. Well written. A great behind the scenes of a great era! Stephen Hoye brings this book to life. He is very entertaining. Highly recommend it!

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    Speekenbrink 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Inside story through Jerry's eyes"

    Wonderfully narrated story how Jerry Lewis underwent his relationship with Dean. Bragging and exaggerating still at times very honest I think.

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    Audio Diva 04-06-15
    Audio Diva 04-06-15 Member Since 2014

    As an author myself, dyslexic, and ADD, I need something that grabs me. Non-fiction on things of interest to me, educates, & titillates.

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    "so disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan and/or Stephen Hoye?

    No unfortunately, I was so bummed at the way Jerry's ego got in the way of everything and I have loved this man my whole life.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something non-fiction, as always, could be a bio or true crime.


    How could the performance have been better?

    another narrator. he is horrible!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, some of the info on how Jerry grew up was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    IF Jerry had narrated the book himself, maybe I would have enjoyed it more. I own every movie he was ever in, and so bummed that the book dragged and was uninteresting in the way it was read, and edited. Clearly could have been edited down more.

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    bluestar 02-09-15
    bluestar 02-09-15 Member Since 2015

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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
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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.


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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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