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.
©2010 Jerry Weintraub (P)2010 Hachette
Yes. The winning personality of Jerry Weintraub blazes through the audio like a hot knife thru butter.
This one is unique. Probably more enjoyable to just read Weintraub's book again.
The "New York" attitude really comes to the front.
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!!
Great story! Well told.
One of the best books I have hear or read. Jerry Weintraub weaves an interesting story. A story nobody could tell better.
He already did and it is called My Way.
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!
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.
This book is highly interesting and relevant. I was only disappointed that the book came to an end. I wish it had been lengthier.
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.
It did make me laugh. And it did have touching moments.
This is a must-read. I am usually a harsh critic, but I really really liked this book.
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.
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.
Him talking about his mother and father passing. You could hear that he got choked up as he was narrating.
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.
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.
"An amazing man"
A Great Great Man.....A great story!!!
In his words 'I'm a story teller.....and thats what I do best'
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.
"Fantastic story, well performed"
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
Far too long to keep my attention. And his voice was not very compatible for reading his book. It needed someone more professional. Quite interesting about the Sinatra era. But I got bored when he kept telling me that after he met someone they became "good friends" i'm sure he was a friendly guy but there must have been some people who did not take to him. All in all not a bad book but you have to be a fan of his to really enjoy it.
"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.
"A great story"
It wasn't an in depth detailed breakdown of a life. It was just a selection of highlights which were insightful and entertaining.
I'd recommend this.
"Great stories from a great man!"
Yes, the way Jerry tells his stories are so gripping! He's the type of author you could listen to again and again
His character. His attitude to life and his humility even after all he has achieved
Cried a little on the chapter on his parents.
If you want an audio book that will make you laugh, make you cry and along the way give you insight into the life of "showbiz" and the life of Jerry Weintraub. GET THIS BOOK!
This book also teaches lessons along the way and above all keeps you grounded.
I could listen to this again and again. so many gems inside. a must read.
"Raw and gritty sexy and suave it ticks every box"
Incredible story's from an incredible man, you really feel the emotions like he's having a personal conversation with you. A MUST LISTEN
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