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Kiss Me Like a Stranger Audiobook

Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art

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Publisher's Summary

Gene Wilder is one of the great comic actors who defined the 1970s and 1980s in movies. From his work with Woody Allen, to the rich group of movies he made with Mel Brooks, to his partnership on screen with Richard Pryor, Wilder's performances are still discussed and celebrated today.

Kiss Me Like a Stranger is an intimate glimpse of the man behind the image on the screen. In this audiobook, Wilder talks about everything from his experiences in psychoanalysis to why he got into comedy (his first goal was to be a Shakespearean actor) to how a midwestern childhood with a sick mother changed him. He writes about the creative process on stage and on screen, and divulges moments from life on the sets of some of the most iconic movies of our time.

Wilder also opens up about his search for love and his marriages, including his marriage to comedienne Gilda Radner. But the core of Kiss Me Like a Stranger is an actor's search for truth and a thoughtful analysis of why the choices he made, some of them so serendipitous they were practically accidental, changed the course of his life.

Listen to a Fresh Air interview with Gene Wilder.

And don't miss Gene Wilder in Conversation with Wendy Wasserstein at the 92nd Street Y.

©2005 Gene Wilder; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Alex Award Winner, 2000

"A gracious, endearing book....[Wilder] writes with striking candor." (The New York Times)
"Pure Gene Wilder! Uproarishly funny and at times very moving. It made me want to go out and see every Gene Wilder movie again." (Mel Brooks)

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    A great memoir by a great man. Highly recommend for any fan. I usually speed up the playback but with this book I had to keep it set to normal, Genes narration is spot on.

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    John USA 01-29-15
    John USA 01-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A fun, interesting and warm hearted listen."
    If you could sum up Kiss Me Like a Stranger in three words, what would they be?

    Warm, funny and entertaining.


    What about Gene Wilder’s performance did you like?

    Gene does a wonderful job of narrating his book. It's like he is sitting next to your telling the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely listen to more of Gene's books if they are narrated by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John D. Miller Tumwater Washington 03-27-05
    John D. Miller Tumwater Washington 03-27-05 Member Since 2014

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    "Not funny but sometimes charming."

    In spite of Mel Brooks review, the book is not funny. It occasionally reaches for amusing. It did make me want to see a few of Wilder's movies again. Mostly the stories are painful to hear but they were interesting enough for me to finish the book.

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    Jay-T 07-18-17
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    "Splendid Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Kiss Me Like a Stranger the most enjoyable?

    Gene Wilder was a gifted writer and excellent narrator. Wonderful storyteller.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kiss Me Like a Stranger?

    I found myself laughing out loud throughout - but one of those great serious moments was his brutal honesty about his mental challenges.


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

    So very personal.


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

    I was touched by how he was always searching for love.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful life story from an interesting man.

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    Amazon Customer 07-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Sentimental"

    A very nice memoir of Mr. Wilder's life. Some good insights on acting and movie industry as well as some interesting Hollywood anecdotes. No dirt. This was more a story of a sensitive man's life rather than a big Hollywood biography.

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    "A Dose of Laughing Therapy"

    Listening to this book as I drove home everyday from work was rejuvenating (and I am only 25 years old). Gene has an ability to see the humor in the most mundane of situations, and to turn the darkness of emotional turmoil into something beautifully human.

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    YourQueen2B 06-16-17
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    "A bigger fan"

    I was a child in the 80s when many of his big movies were out. In my childish haze and enthusiasm, I remember saying that I liked him. I am now a bigger fan of Mr. Wilder now more than I ever was. What a comfort it is to hear his voice again and learn about his life, in his own words!

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    RFRMAC South Jordan, Utah, United States 04-30-17
    RFRMAC South Jordan, Utah, United States 04-30-17 Member Since 2012

    I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.

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    What made the experience of listening to Kiss Me Like a Stranger the most enjoyable?

    I have always liked Gene Wilder. I'm not a Hollywood actor or actress buff but Gene Wilder interested me. Having him read his own book was a real plus.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like it when an author really tells me the way it really was. Mr. Wilder covered some subjects I never thought he would cover. My favorite line was "7 Mormons and a Jew". Maybe because of my own religious preference. He is vary frank about how he loved each women in his life and how that affected his life. I really liked how he laid out a trail of events that one thing lead to another.


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

    The inflexion of his voice when covering his wife's and children was something that no one else could do.


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

    Reading a book in one sitting is never possible for me and is of no importance. What is really important to me is do I want to come back to the book and make time for it. This is a book that I made time to listen to and enjoy.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book of a man's life that he wishes to share with people who want to know more about him. Thank You Mr. Wilder for taking the time to share portions of your life with us. If you enjoy his work then this is the book for you.

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    Trond Bie 02-16-17
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    "Gene Wilder, a wonderful collection of stories"

    From Wilder comes and audiobook about his loves, acting and cancer. Listening to the book the year agter his death is bitter, but oh so sweet.

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    urfavoritemcee 01-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "RIP gene wilder"

    he was such a great person ..flaws and everything ..this book lets you look at his life and what the smallest of choices made him into the star we loved

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