I am amazed at this book. Truly astounded. Still coming out of a relationship so parallel to Mirabelle's it amazes me, Steve's portrayal of Ray Porter and the insight into his mind has left me stunned, smiling and so openly understanding some of the background thoughts of my own relationship. I am refreshed! The characters and Steve's narrative are so novel and bright. I hope he continues with these characters. I will be awaiting another installment!
Ok, Steve Martin is a reinaissance man, and this short book highlights his skill with the written word. But there's something a bit flat with the narration and the characters. There are definitely some chuckles, but this is more poignant than funny.
A great book! Martin shows incredible insight into how males and females differ in expectations, approach, etc. to life and each other. Prior reviews point out the sex and depressive situations, but, for a lot of people, that is how they go through relationships and life... and Martin does an excellent job of shining light into those corners of people. I'm glad it doesn't have a "hollywood" ending, because that would cheapen the whole experience of the book. I wouldn't be surprized if this book received several literary awards.
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
Steve Martin gives an excellent in-depth character portrayal in a novel which keeps you laughing, snickering, smiling and raising your eyebrows. An especially good novel for the twenty-year olds begin to find their way into relationships.
This is a character study in many ways, and I wanted to know more about Mirabelle and what happened to her. Steve Martin continues to be an astute observor of that rarified area known as Los Angeles...if you liked LA Story, you'll enjoy this.
Brilliant and captivating, this is the story of three different individuals growing up and finding themselves unexpectedly as adults. I have a whole new respect and admiration for Steve Martin. This was great.
I first read An Object of Beauty and really loved the story. I then decided to read Shopgirl and was much less impressed. The story was not as interesting and not a lot happened throughout the plot. The characters were boring and the audiobook was very short.
A better story. A believable story, with believe-able characters.
Empty characters. I could care less about them.
Steve is a great actor and reader. He does a good job, and I love to hear his voice.