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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

Critic Reviews

"Fans will be surprised and entertained by Lewis' honesty and diminished ego and bitterness." (Publishers Weekly)

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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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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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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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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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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

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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  • Jeffrey
  • Austin Texas, United States
  • 04-13-13

Unfortunate, had to stop.

I read one review called "Is It Just Me?" and whereas I don't agree with all said in that review, it's just a matter of what I didn't enjoy compared to that review. There are many who have enjoyed this title, good for them. I had heard that Lewis had a pretty hefty ego, it showed here. I had to stop because I don't enjoy gratuitous and voluminous name dropping of dead and irrelevant Hollywood names. Maybe I'm too young at 61 years and this title belongs to those in their 80's, I don't know. All I know is that it did not work for me. Now, if Mr. Lewis wishes to recall his years with MDA, that could be really good, too bad this title did not go there immediately. I will say that narration did all it could do to help, talented, but alas not enough.

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  • Jordan
  • New Brockton, AL, United States
  • 12-31-12

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

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  • Kathy
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 12-23-11

Must Read

What made the experience of listening to Dean and Me the most enjoyable?

Going back to the 40s nd 50s era was fun..

What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

Stephen kept me interested

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

Dean and Jerry reuniting after 20 years.

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A great deal of fun

Jerry Lewis is his #1 fan and never misses a chance of trying to convince us of his greatness. Yet the story is well told and very a interesting take on one of the worlds great comedic duos.
Now the telling of the story is a true gift...this is not only well read it is a magnificent performance by a true conveyor of the persons involved in the story-he gives a us much more then one would expect. I enjoyed every minute.