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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (997 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Kaplan, Jerry Lewis Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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They were the unlikeliest of pairs—a handsome crooner and a skinny monkey, an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and a Jew from Newark, New Jersey. 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, ten years from the day when the two men joined forces, it all ended.

After that traumatic day, the two wouldn’t speak again for twenty 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 fifty-year friendship, from the springtime, 1945 afternoon when the two vibrant young performers destined to conquer the world together met on Broadway and Fifty-fourth Street, to their tragic final encounter in the 1990s, when Lewis and his wife ran into Dean Martin, a broken and haunted old man.

In Dean & Me, Jerry Lewis makes a convincing case for Dean Martin as one of the great—and most underrated—comic talents of our era. But what comes across most powerfully in this definitive memoir is the depth of love Lewis felt, and still feels, for his partner, and which his partner felt for him: truly a love to last for all time.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by George Dimitrov | 1/22/2014

    " so delightful and fresh account of days gone bye. Elegantly written easy flowing narrative and load of jokes on every page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenn | 1/9/2014

    " Does it still count as reading if I'm listening to it on tape? With a 2+ hour drive every work day, I get tired of listening to the radio jocks and top 20 hits. Enter in: books on tape. I am enjoying this book for two reasons: (1) the oratory is very good, mellow voice and even does the voices (but not obnoxiously so) and (2)the relationship between Dean and Jerry is fascinating and multi-faceted, and I love that Jerry Lewis is the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tommy Bat-Blog Brookshire | 12/30/2013

    " I finished this book last night & really enjoyed it. It's not the kind of book I usually read, but I like to mix it up occasionally, I'm glad I did. The basic premise of this book, co-written by Jerry Lewis, is sharing his thoughts about the 10 year partnership he had with Dean Martin. It covers how they originally met for the 1st time, how they "accidentally" became partners, & their rise to fame. There's a ton of inside info on the Entertainment Business which is also pretty interesting. They were a team for 10 years & this book gives you a great idea of what it was like. Eventually they broke-up & the story turns kind of sad. Overall the book is very well-written & has a lot of heart. Plus, this is NOT a "Bash Dean Martin" book in any way. Lewis shares this story with a lot of honesty & it's a great read. My only complaint would be that more photos would have been nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy Pratt | 12/20/2013

    " This book made me laugh and go "hmmmm." You just never know what really goes on in a celebrity's life. It was a fun read for me as a fan of both their movies and their TV shows. I highly recommend it for those who remember these two geniuses of comedy. "

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