Your audiobook is waiting…

he

Narrated by: Simon Slater
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

John Connolly re-creates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity and the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists.

An extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved and was loved in turn; who betrayed and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake...and whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe. he is Stan Laurel. But he did not really exist. Stan Laurel was a fiction.

With he, John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity, the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists, and one of the most enduring and beloved partnerships in cinema history: Laurel & Hardy.

©2017 Bad Dog Books Ltd (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limit

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Another thing of beauty. A masterpiece

I wonder: is there something, anything, that this man writes which is NOT a masterpiece? This book is terribly beautiful. It's a study in art, misguided love, sadness, joy, friendship, emptiness, craziness even. But is a thing of beauty. So incredibly poetical and nostalgic, so vivid in it's dialogues and images that you can feel the emotions flow as you were "he". You love the already gone and sadly missed "Babe" as if you were there as "he" is, in those Oceana Apartments full of memories, ghost of womens, regrets and the hollow remains of what once was a perfect union. Wonderful

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for A. Morris
  • A. Morris
  • 08-08-18

Crazy over use of First name Surname

Love L&H and this book is part fact part fiction. I liked the way it was structured; set at the tail end of Stan's life and flashing back. The author doesn't hold back in terms of expletives so expect an F for sex. And Stan did a lot of it. Always had to have a woman in his life and always had to marry them, often naively The majority of the story does revolve around his love life, so don't expect the minutae about their films. What shone through was his love for Babe. Enjoy

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for pdjenner
  • pdjenner
  • 07-18-19

Brilliant

A wonderfully poignant story of such a creative and lasting partnership. Thoroughly recommended and I hope it gets the recognition it deserves

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Wilf
  • Wilf
  • 01-30-19

Loved this book

John Connolly is a fine writer and has written a beautiful book, I’m a fan of Laurel and Hardy or Stan and Babe as this book is about them. I recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Terry Tyler
  • Terry Tyler
  • 09-26-18

Stunning

Beautiful, delicate prose flows like epic poetry, telling the extremely moving story of two great men who meant so much to so many. It'll make you laugh and cry. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for pat o brien
  • pat o brien
  • 09-05-18

truly remarkable love story.

Love is never black and white.
Love is never silent.
But love is eternal.
strongest ship of all. Friendship.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for mr philip kelly
  • mr philip kelly
  • 09-03-18

Great insight but Hard going.

Struggled to finished it, and still haven't.
A fantastic insight into the life of the stars of the golden age.
It is hard to defferentiate the fiction and nonfiction of the characters, such as Chaplin, an odd character all be it a genius. The, " He tells, he says, he, he, is unsettling at the start, bit in time it becomes the correct format, as there are so many facts put forward.
I kept looking up the characters to visualise them, and many I knew from old films. over all good....bit hard going.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jason White
  • Jason White
  • 04-04-18

beautifully written and read.

I absolutely loved every word, totaly unmissable if you're a fan of Laurel and Hardy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for truetoo
  • truetoo
  • 10-25-17

The Perfect Book

Hats off to Mr Connolly, he uniquely captures the era; the characters; the build-up; the newness and energy of the infant film industry; the excitement of success; the regret of the ever changing cast of wives; the boredom of the wind-down and the inevitable mental and physical decay, exquisitely. On top of all of that he explains, quite possibly, the only successfully known retirement of any actor in history. And not an unnecessary word in sight..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for CitySallie
  • CitySallie
  • 09-06-17

Tender, breathtakingly beautiful, fascinating.

A biography, but more importantly, a love story. I had no idea about the story of these two men, so familiar to my childhood.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Richard H.
  • Richard H.
  • 08-30-17

"At the Oceana Apartments..."

A fantastic novel about loss, regret and life ofa great man. Love this authors work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful