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When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead Audiobook
When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead
Written by: 
Jerry Weintraub, Rich Cohen, George Clooney (foreword)
Narrated by: 
Jerry Weintraub
When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead Audiobook

When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man

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Publisher's Summary

Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made, Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer, legendary dealmaker, and friend of politicians and stars. No matter where nature has placed him - the club rooms of Brooklyn, the Mafia dives of New York's Lower East Side, the wilds of Alaska, or the hills of Hollywood - he has found a way to put on a show and sell tickets at the door.

"All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage," he says. "I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: 'Jerry Weintraub Presents.'"

In When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead, we follow Weintraub from his first great success at age 26 with Elvis Presley, whom he took on the road with the help of Colonel Tom Parker; to the immortal days with Sinatra and Rat Pack glory; to his crowning hits as a movie producer, starting with Robert Altman and Nashville, continuing with Oh, God!, the Karate Kid movies, and Diner, among others, and summiting with Steven Soderbergh and Ocean's Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen.

Along the way, we'll watch as Jerry moves from the poker tables of Palm Springs (the games went on for days), to the power rooms of Hollywood, to the halls of the White House, to Red Square in Moscow, and the Great Palace in Beijing - all the while counseling potentates, poets, and kings, with clients and confidants like George Clooney, Bruce Willis, George H. W. Bush, Armand Hammer, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, John Denver, Bobby Fischer...the list goes on forever.

And of course, the story is not yet over. As the old-timers say, "The best is yet to come." And as Weintraub says, "When I stop talking, you'll know I'm dead."

With wit, wisdom, and the cool confidence that has colored his remarkable career, Jerry chronicles a quintessentially American journey, one marked by luck, love, and improvisation. The stories he tells and the lessons we learn are essential, not just for those who love movies and music, but for businessmen, entrepreneurs, artists...everyone.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2010 Jerry Weintraub (P)2010 Hachette

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    Ron Crofton, MD, United States 07-09-12
    Ron Crofton, MD, United States 07-09-12
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    "How could you not really like Jerry Weintraub??"
    Would you consider the audio edition of When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The winning personality of Jerry Weintraub blazes through the audio like a hot knife thru butter.


    What other book might you compare When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead to and why?

    This one is unique. Probably more enjoyable to just read Weintraub's book again.


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

    The "New York" attitude really comes to the front.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How does a guy fall in love with and marry a lady that is a "ten" plus and then has the "hutzpah" to move another woman into the same house for purposes of co-habitation?? Now that's a salesman!!


    Any additional comments?

    Great story! Well told.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Atlantic Beach, FL, United States 06-04-12
    Andrew Atlantic Beach, FL, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "MUST READ BOOK...EVERYTHING WAS GREAT"
    Where does When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I have hear or read. Jerry Weintraub weaves an interesting story. A story nobody could tell better.


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

    He already did and it is called My Way.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Massapequa Park, NY, USA 05-04-10
    Scott Massapequa Park, NY, USA 05-04-10
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    "Funny, quick, memorable"

    It's one of those books you find yourself telling others about; the anecdotes that are just too funny to be real must be told. I really enjoyed this one!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Myles 12-31-14
    Myles 12-31-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great stories!"

    I wasn't too excited to start the book but the stories turned it around.
    I don't usually like whem authors narrate their own books, but in this case, it was the audiobooks greatest attribute. You could hear the pain im his voice when he told the story of his father's passing away. It wasnt just another bullet point to get through. He was clearly choked up. That type of genuine emotion infused throughout, is what carries an already interesting autobiography into the realms of greatness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Casurella Marietta, GA 10-15-13
    Jeff Casurella Marietta, GA 10-15-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Interesting and Well Done"
    Would you listen to When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead again? Why?

    This book is highly interesting and relevant. I was only disappointed that the book came to an end. I wish it had been lengthier.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the stories, occasionally wrapped in life lessons, could not have been more interesting. If this book is not a bestseller, it should be.


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

    N/A


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

    It did make me laugh. And it did have touching moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must-read. I am usually a harsh critic, but I really really liked this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Forde New Jersey 10-30-12
    G. Forde New Jersey 10-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Funny, Engaging and Lessons For Business"

    From Sinatra, Elvis, John Denver to the Karate Kid and the Ocean's 11 movies Jerry Weintraub has been around and very successful at a myriad of businesses. Great stories and great business and people lessons.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lacey 01-23-12
    Lacey 01-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Very interesting, cool book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, really cool stories from the past that are well written. It's really neat that Jerry himself narrates the book, so he can add the correct inflection and tone to the story, as it was originally intended. It makes you feel more like he's talking directly to you than reading a book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead?

    Him talking about his mother and father passing. You could hear that he got choked up as he was narrating.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 12-04-11
    Linda 12-04-11
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    "Did not learn much from his story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I purchased this book because part of the title is


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    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 12-01-11
    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 12-01-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Mr. Weintraub, when can you come for dinner?"

    Jerry's stories span the fascinating years of the 20th century and he tells them as if we're sitting at the Friar's Club over a fine glass of wine. Jerry's well lived life shines like a fine sapphire from his father's jewelry business in the Bronx: values, quality, humility, wisdom with a sparkle of humor to keep the reader (listener) eager for the next story. I hope he writes a sequel, so I can continue feeling a part of the political, social, and entertainment history of our era. For those unfamiliar with his time and place, the beginning gets off to a slow start, but he quickly hits his stride as he builds his career and sphere of influence. His lessons learned are as relevant today as they were when he learned them...and I find myself smiling in recognition of a similar experience in my own life. Mr. Weintraub, the invitation to dinner is always open: you bring your stories, and I'll pick up a bucket of KFC and some Lafitte-Rothchild bubbly to wash it down.

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    Faivai Brisbane, Australia 11-02-11
    Faivai Brisbane, Australia 11-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    I liked it, alot of stories about familiar occasions, also seeing them from a different perspective is great. Well done.
    If you read this Jerry, well done mate on some great life experiences.

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  • Jamie
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    "An amazing man"

    A Great Great Man.....A great story!!!

    In his words 'I'm a story teller.....and thats what I do best'

    Enjoy

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  • stryder
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    "Superb"

    Charming, educational, authentic life lessons mainly for business and some for life. Recommended reading for anyone interest in business and what it can really involve.

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  • D. Knight
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    "Brilliant!"

    Mind blowing, powerful lessons embedded in these real life stories.. Jerry is a legend! As appose to text books and manuals this is as real an example of success as you can get.. In my opinion Jerry's authenticity and brutal honesty is behind his astronomical success.

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  • Nicholas Lalor
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    "unbelievable book"

    Great book. It started slow but when it got going it was great with too many good stories to count! I'd say it's a little one sided and very much in the mould of self promotion but it's great and it's useful.

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  • Mrs. J. James
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    "Fabulous"

    What a great listen. I was so sorry when it finished, but delighted to have the surprise interview with the producer at the end. I shall wait a little, and re listen.
    Thank you so much Mr Weintraub .

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  • Ashtonpaul26
    2/15/16
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    "Brillant"
    What did you like most about When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead?

    Great story well told


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

    I laughed out load on many occasions


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best motivation books I have ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Filip Matous
    London, UK
    12/31/15
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    "Get Jerry's documentary "His Way" too."
    Would you listen to When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead again? Why?

    I probably will once I forget the story. From Elvis to living in a whore house to Sinatra to Karate Kid to Oceans 11... this guy lived one hell of a life.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    His relationship with his wife AND his girlfriend is super interesting. Makes you think.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved hearing his own voice read his story. Also I *highly* recommend getting his documentary "His Way" 2011. Legend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    11/28/15
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    "Classic Stories!"

    What a life! Anecdotal stories of the David Niven ilk. Jerry is now my answer to the 'who would you invite to dinner' question. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Codd
    10/11/15
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    "Fantastic story, well performed"
    What did you like most about When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead?

    Jerry Weintraub lived a fantastic life, and made a success of himself. Theres a lot that can be learned from this man and the fact he performed it himself really adds to the personal nature of the book


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

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    7/17/15
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    "Great story great man"

    Read by author. Really adds to the stories and getting to know the author. Fantastic stories and anecdotes. Really good inspirational business book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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