I have always been a fan of Mr. Wilder and began listening with a little bit of fear in my heart. I have always thought he must be a humble, kind and gentle man, and was slightly afraid that this book would dispell this belief. I was not disappointed in what I heard. If I was disappointed in any aspect of the audio book, it was that this version was abridged, and now I must purchase the book for myself. I gained so much joy from hearing in his own voice, from his own words, his story. Telling his story himself made this a personal experience for the reader. He told about his growth as a person, a father, a husband, and his career in a simple easy style that expressed his thankfullness for those gifts that come to those that live by heart.
It was great to hear in his own voice Gene Wilder's honest and interesting account of his life. He could've withheld some of the more difficult situations of his life. Telling the stories of his boyhood which (despite how much someone might want to ignore it) does include prejudice and sex as well as love, heartache, fear and joy. It happened, it happened to him and I truly respect and appreciate him putting himself out there for us to get to know. It would be a shame if this book was passed up because of someone else's inability to turn down their high collar. Jerry Silverman showed us how he became the human person we all know to be Gene Wilder. Thank you very much Mr. Wilder.
Couldn't get past the first chapters. If I want this kind of prurient sexual tell-all, replete with difficulties with his ethnic background, I'll go for Portnoy's Complaint... I like Gene Wilder's acting immensely, and was really interested to know more about him and his acting career. This book is NOT the place to find it. Don't bother.
Gene Wilder has been acting since he was thirteen and writing for the screen since the early 1970s. His first book, about his own life, was "Kiss Me Like A Stranger," His first novel, set in France in World War I, is "My French Whore," He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Karen.