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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (994 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerry Lewis, James Kaplan Narrator: Gregory Jbara Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9780739322758
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For ten years after WWII, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis weren't only the most successful show business act in history, they were history. Starting as a fill-in for another act in Atlantic city, their improvised, anarchic routines soon sold out all the greatest venues in America. They made films, they made millions. They made a legend. But amidst the dazzling success and the late night laughter, tensions developed between the reserved straight man, Martin, and the manic goon, Lewis. When the duo, who had reinvented the comic double-act, split acrimoniously in 1956 they didn't speak to one another for the next 20 years. This is an intimate memoir of those years of fame and success by one of the only surviving legends of the rat-pack era. Jerry Lewis remembers everything - the casinos, the mobsters, the endless pranks, the cocktails, the women, the meteoric rise to stardom. Here for the first and only time and in his own inimitable, wise-cracking voice he re-lives his days of glory with Dean Martin and gives a frank account of their relationship and break-up. A hilarious ride and heart-breaking, cautionary tale of what fame and fortune can do to love and friendship.

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Quotes & Awards

  • This is a wild, joyous book, but also a heartbreaking one. In some ways, friendships between men can be more fragile than those between women, something Lewis grasps intuitively. What kind of guy laughs when you upstage his crooning with a piece of raw meat on a fork? Whoever he is, you’d better hang onto him: he’s probably the best friend you’ll ever have. Stephanie Zacharek, The New York Times
  • They were the unlikeliest of pairs — a handsome crooner and a skinny monkey, an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and a Jew from Newark. But from the moment they got together, something clicked — something miraculous — and audiences saw it at once. Martin and Lewis were a national craze—an American institution. Then on July 25, 1956, ten years to the day after the two men joined forces, it all ended. Their parting left a hole in the national psyche, as well as each man’s heart.
  • A perceptive and entertaining showbiz memoir that should become a classic of its kind . . . Bruce Handy, Vanity Fair
  • a classic”
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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Book Concierge | 2/15/2014

    " It's subtitled: "A love story" and that it definitely is. But Lewis's ego gets in the way about 2/3 of the way through ... as the strain in their original partnership has to be explained. Still it's a very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Lozada Massa | 2/6/2014

    " I've ALWAYS loved Jerry...he admits to being as asshole in this book and I love him even more. What a great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/3/2014

    " A little self serving maybe, liked the book it gave me a little insight of how it was back then "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 2/3/2014

    " A great story of one of my favorite funny team. Now I understand why they broke up as team, but still to the end Of Dean Martin's life they still love and talk to each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis Burchett | 2/2/2014

    " For all those who grew up on Martin & Lewis movies, this autobiography will bring back fond memories and shed light on the behind the scenes incidents. I thoroughly enjoyed the anecdotal episodes of their partnership. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne Amato | 2/2/2014

    " if a dean martin fan then its a must read....it really was a love story..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy Bat-Blog Brookshire | 1/27/2014

    " 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 B. zee | 1/12/2014

    " Like all good love stories this one goes to shit. But they had a great time getting their and that's what matters most. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad Harju | 1/9/2014

    " It was interesting to read this book from Jerry lewis's point of view. If you like Jerry or Dean you might enjoy this easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mycala | 1/4/2014

    " This was really an interesting story, but my god was it sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Broy | 11/24/2013

    " Amazing book on the life of Jerry Lewis and his relationship with Dean Martin "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Applebear | 11/12/2013

    " This is a fantastic book!!! MY FAVOURITE!!! <3 i love jerry lewis, and this is just a cherry on top of my knowledge!! ahaha its written beautifully.... the onlt bad thing is the back cover gets dirty verrrry easily. otherwise its just an absolute perfect book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Damian Kinsella | 4/30/2013

    " Laaaaddddeeeeeeeee! A great story by Jerry Lewis, very open and funny. It really was a love story about two great friends who make one another better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dottie | 12/17/2012

    " Brought back the joys of the duo's days as a team and the sorrows of their days apart with the bittersweet underlying fact that theirs was throughout a love story -- true friends who gave the public great entertainment together and apart. Two of my favorites so I enjoyed the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Missy Frye | 7/3/2012

    " This is supposed to be about Dean Martin but Mr. Lewis tends to share more information about himself than his former partner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Copeland | 1/13/2012

    " I wasn't yet born when these two split but thanks to late night movies I knew who they were and I really loved them both. Jerry celebrates their joy and takes responsibility for his part in their break-up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 6/4/2011

    " A charming, intimate peek into the hilarious duo's relationship. If you loved Dean and Jerry, you'll love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Millett | 9/8/2010

    " Fascinating insight into the formation of comedy's most beloved duo. Jerry Lewis is older now - but somehow his youthful playfulness still shines through in the text. Great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristal | 1/25/2008

    " An interesting look into the relationship between Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry Della | 6/14/2007

    " Great story of their years together ('45-'55) and some of their later years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George Dimitrov | 2/18/2007

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/6/2005

    " This was a light easy read with insight to a couple of people that no one really knows "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 11/13/2005

    " Interesting "tell-all" book by Jerry Lewis about the start of Martin & Lewis. Includes lots of insight into the enigma that was our loveable laughable buddy Dean (Deano) Martin, who would later go on to join the Rat Pack after dumping Jerry. "

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About the Author
Author Jerry LewisJERRY LEWIS and Dean Martin sandwiched sixteen money-making films in between nightclub engagements, recording sessions, radio shows, and television bookings during their ten-year partnership. Over the following years Lewis remained in the spotlight as the groundbreaking creator and star of a series of hugely successful movie comedies, and scored triumphs in stage appearances in Europe, where he has been hailed as one of the greatest director-comedians of the twentieth century. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and has received numerous other honors for his tireless efforts in the fight against the fourty neuromuscular diseases.
JAMES KAPLAN has written novels, essays, and reviews, as well as over a hundred major profiles for many magazines, including The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, and New York. In 2002 Kaplan coauthored the autobiography of John McEnroe, You Cannot Be Serious, which was an international bestseller (and #1 on the New York Times list). He lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife and three sons.