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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,549 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gene Wilder Narrator: Gene Wilder Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2005 ISBN:
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Gene Wilder is one of the great comic actors who defined the 1970s and 1980s in movies. From his work with Woody Allen, to the rich group of movies he made with Mel Brooks, to his partnership on screen with Richard Pryor, Wilder's performances are still discussed and celebrated today.

Kiss Me Like a Stranger is an intimate glimpse of the man behind the image on the screen. In this audiobook, Wilder talks about everything from his experiences in psychoanalysis to why he got into comedy (his first goal was to be a Shakespearean actor) to how a midwestern childhood with a sick mother changed him. He writes about the creative process on stage and on screen, and divulges moments from life on the sets of some of the most iconic movies of our time.

Wilder also opens up about his search for love and his marriages, including his marriage to comedienne Gilda Radner. But the core of Kiss Me Like a Stranger is an actor's search for truth and a thoughtful analysis of why the choices he made, some of them so serendipitous they were practically accidental, changed the course of his life.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Smeltzer | 2/18/2014

    " Only a story he could tell. I learned a lot about Gene! Things you could not know just by watching his films! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanza | 1/30/2014

    " This is a wonderful book. Gene Wilder is fascinating. Everyone should know the story behind the man that would become Willy Wonka. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 1/23/2014

    " i'm listening to this in the car...it's especially nice to hear him narrate:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/17/2014

    " What a strange man ... and a strange relationship with Gilda Radner. Very strange. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Scavuzzo | 1/16/2014

    " At first this book was basically about every single person he has ever kissed. But as I continued reading, it unraveled much more than that. His life was fascinating and I love the fact that he is a watercolor painter. This was definitely one of the more interesting biographies which name dropped and revealed all kinds of secrets. What I liked most about this book was how honest he was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/13/2014

    " Enjoying it so far. This guy is extrememly intertaining onstage and in writing... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 1/12/2014

    " What an amazing insight! Truly a wonderful person "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 lisa | 1/8/2014

    " I wanted to have a pint with Gene Wilder after reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/30/2013

    " I loved this one! Wilder reflects on his youth, career, love life, family and friendships "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmelo | 12/20/2013

    " This is one of the greatest memoirs I have read in a long while. Wilder is a great person and has the humanity that makes the imperfections and problems in his life seem like blessings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Arlia | 11/12/2013

    " Funny and different. Another view of Gilda Radner whose book I have read. I love Gene Wilder and was surprised to discover his quirks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trent | 11/2/2013

    " I don't know if you know anything about Gene Wilder before reading this book... but this made him such an inspiration to me. It was a great find on my half... who actually looks in the biography section of the library anyways.. right? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 10/28/2013

    " One of my favorite autobiographies. It certainly helps that I am utterly in love with this man. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 megh | 9/2/2013

    " Enjoyable quick read. Did come out of it liking gene wilder a tiny bit less. The parts on his relationship with Gilda were most interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lioness | 7/8/2013

    " Not only can Gene Wilder act, he can write as well. This is not so much a bio, although he does talk about his life, as a look at some of the more important things that have happened to him or that he has thought about. Very readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fu | 6/6/2013

    " gene is incredibly candid and he's WAY more sensitive and 'normal' than i believed. his normalcy was a bit of a letdown, to be honest... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 5/23/2013

    " We listened to this on the ride back from NYC and really liked it. It was funny and really touching. And, I like hearing about the background of the movies....like Richard Pryor's drug use! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 4/7/2013

    " mostly fun "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maren | 3/25/2013

    " this guy rules, and so does his book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaimie T | 9/3/2012

    " I wanted to like this, but no. Memoirs often straddle the line of indulgence and great story-telling, and this was most often indulgent. Couldn't finish it. And I spent a WHOLE AUDIBLE CREDIT on it. Dang. That's what I get for going off a Reddit recommendation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Jones | 5/3/2012

    " This book is about Gene Wilder's life story. I find the chapters on Gilda Radner particularly interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny Jordan | 9/22/2011

    " Very honest and sometimes too honest. Cant believe some of the things he said about Gilda & Richard Pryor. Worth checking out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaz | 7/24/2011

    " Honest, funny and often rather touching. Also, I love Gilda Radner! That is all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noelle | 2/17/2011

    " *sigh* Gene Wilder... love! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russ | 2/12/2011

    " throughout this book it feels like gene wilder is sitting next to you telling you about his life, which is actually very entertaining. he doesn't talk about making movies too much which made me a little sad, but his life is interesting enough to still make this a great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lady Natasha | 2/8/2011

    " Would rate this a 2 and 1/2 if I could. Very mixed feelings about this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 2/2/2011

    " Absolutely beautiful. It feels so honest and pure, of course with memoirs you can never be sure, but I really felt like he was upfront about his life and experiences. I have loved Gene Wilder's work for a long time and this book was a wonderful insight into a very deep man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dara | 12/2/2010

    " I 100% love this book. Gene has lived such an amazing life and though all of it has had such a wonderful and humerus view on life. It will make you fall in love with him as a person. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alana | 11/14/2010

    " Until I read this book I admired Gene Wilder. It was very dissapointing to read him say that the lovely Gilda Radner was hard to deal with as she was dying of cancer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliette | 11/12/2010

    " Gene Wilder is one of my favorite actors. After reading this sweet, interesting and funny memoir, I have determined he is one helluva guy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 10/26/2010

    " Found this very interesting - so much we don't know about the lives of the people we see on tv and in films! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucie | 10/6/2010

    " It was a lovely book, though I wish it had gone below the surface. Felt like we were learning all about the superficial, like biography small talk, when there were so many stories to be revealed. I wish there was a follow-up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 9/8/2010

    " I want to adopt Gene Wilder after reading this short autobiography! Excellent, entertaining, and honest! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clay | 8/16/2010

    " Quick, easy read. Very honest. Not particularly in depth, but interesting. "

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