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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

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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.

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Pure Enjoyment

This is one of my favorite books. Mr. Weintraub tells outstanding stories from his life that are a pure joy to hear. He's seen it all and done it all. You feel as if he is just talking to you alone. His live is a who's who of the famous and not so famous. It was so good I listened to it twice and it is really him talking in his own voice!!

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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.

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Great story, interesting guy

Loved his voice, interesting stories. RIP Jerry, glad you took the time to do this.

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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?

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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.

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

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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.

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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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Very Interesting

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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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!

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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.

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  • JCS
  • 11-14-21

Fascinating and insightful - couldn't stop

One man's life offers so many lessons. And told in such an interesting and engaging narrative.

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  • David
  • 06-29-21

What a legend

A must read! Great stories could listen to this talk all day. Took a lot from it aswell. Just brilliant

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-21

Highly recommend

The book is above my expectations. Such people should be awarded for decisions they made right and wisdom they’ve got and share with through biography!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-21

FANTASTIC book

Now it is one of my favorites. Valuable lessons, great speaker, and fo far no useless filler.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-11-20

Just wow... best audiobook I've listened to ever!

thank you to the author for sharing his stories, these have brought me inspiration and also loved every emotion the stories got me to!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-20

interesting and fun

Absolutely loved it, had never heard of him but amazing how much he was a part of I learnt a ton and enjoyed it

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  • Lyndon Antcliff
  • 11-17-19

Brilliant

I am so glad I listened to this book, what a a great life. My only wish is that the story of Ocean’s 11 was more flashed out

But that would have doubled the size of the book. Learned a lot.

Sad to hear he had passed away.

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  • Ivan A.
  • 08-01-19

very lovely story

what a great man, I really loved the way he share feelings while reading his life.
It ends up with a great feeling of have been hearing a great story.

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  • Mr. H.
  • 01-12-19

excellent story

fascinating story narrated by the man himself gets you immersed in his story and lessons.

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  • danhaddock
  • 03-07-18

Enjoyable and Insightful

Jerry has met alot of famous names from hollywood in the 60's right through to the present day. His narration is impeccable and the insights are helpful.

If you want a few handy tips on people skills and perseverance on the backdrop of several incredible life events, then Mr Weintraubs book is the one to read.

The tips are scattered along the way but helpful nonetheless.

I want to stress that this is an incredible story and is told by a man who knows how to form a narrative. The problem though is that this book kind of lacks the relisten factor.

Funny, informative and a real adventure. Definately, worth a listen but the advice is not as practical and laid out as I was first led to believe.

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  • Dean
  • 07-15-14

Best Autobiography You'll Listen to in a long time

What made the experience of listening to When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead the most enjoyable?

The candid and precise story telling was captivating.

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

Jerry having to find a million dollars in a couple of days, so he could take Elvis on tour.

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

I'm not sure he has any other books?

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Deal Maker.

Any additional comments?

If you don't enjoy this book, you have no soul.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-27-21

life lessons indeed !

Amazing to hear someone's life story from rags to riches. Worth listening every single bit.

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  • Mike Searles - The COMEBACK Coach
  • 08-11-19

My wife said, "Stop listening!"

What a story! What narration! What a voice! Onto my third listen. The best self-read of any audio-book, fiction or non-fiction. My wife wants me to stop listening and pay her more attention. Only one complaint. I wish he didn't have to stop talking. RIP, Jerry Weintraub.

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  • Matthew
  • 07-31-19

Golden Hollywood, Films, Music, Eras

A Bizarre and Wonderful life, one that I had no idea about till I picked up the book.
For anyone who is into the Film/TV and Music world this is the book for you - Full of anecdotes throughout Jerry's life.

From Dean and Frank, John Denver and Elvis all the way through the Karate Kid and Oceans.

9/10

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  • Russell Hogan
  • 10-10-18

I didn’t want it to end

I found myself mimicking Jerry’s voice in between listening to this book.

I wish there was in fact a sequel.

This, Alex Banayan, is just some more Third Door ways of life

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  • Walt Coulston
  • 09-01-18

Great read

What a life, what a story. A must read/listen. You’ll not regret it. Do it now...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-18

Absolutely amazing.

This book is a truly fantastic journey into the world behind the studio doors. Jerry's vocal performance is outstanding and full of character and there is something for absolutely anyone in this book. You owe it to yourself to listen to what this truly persuasive man has to say.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-18

incredible book. genius

"When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead" boasts a brilliant storyline meshed with hints of entrepreneurship and worldly advice.

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  • Menura
  • 04-06-18

Too much of golden nuggets to handle in one book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Everyone must read this book at least once.

What did you like best about this story?

It showcased a man who had lived life to the fullest and achieved all his dreams.

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

Listening to him in audio felt like you were at a dinner table with him and he was telling you the story of his life as his friend.

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

It made me go on an emotional rollercoaster and genuinely made me feel like I was his friend.

Any additional comments?

This book is not only made for the people aspiring to make it in Hollywood but if you want to listen to a man who has lived a life of truly legendary status, and is allowing us to enter into his life and find out what made him successful, this is a great book.

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  • James
  • 01-06-17

Excellent

I really enjoyed this book. Stories about seeing opportunities and taking risk while enjoying the ride of life.