I bought this book because I love the complex, comedic mind of Steve Martin. Without Steve doing narration, I would never even considered buying the audio book, and certainly not the written novel.
That being said, I was not sure what I was listening to. I did not read any reviews, descriptions, or previews on purpose. It took me a while to "get it" and be connected to the characters. It's kinda like being dropped into a person's story at one point in time and then following it on.
I was pleased with several of the story arcs that played out in the book, some truly genius and comedic moments when they played out. There was some laugh-out-loud moments, but also some highly dramatic and emotional moments as well.
I was impressed with Steve Martin the author, in that he was able to create several characters who had depth, heart, and attraction. How he connected them to tell a story was quite impressive.
Overall I was very pleased with the book and how it progressed. I found myself attached to the story and the characters and it was entertaining.
I love it!!
I really like Mr. Steve Martin's work!!! I am waiting for his next book!!!!
I haven't read The Pleasrure of my Company in print, but I can't imagine a better way to "read" this book.
I felt like I was in Steve Martin's head, listening to him writing this tale.
You can't help but like and relate to the main character on some level. I often found strangers on the street giving me odd looks while I was listening to this book -- as I laughed out loud or at the very least, had a stupid grin on my face.
Martin captures the thoughts and motivation of one with so many fractures that rings with truth, though proliferated with lies. Like An Object of Beauty, the book is the narrative of journey. A journey that leads no where, but where characters have time to grow, as does your affection towards them.
Steve Marin: You either love him or hate him, and I cherish him as a genius.
I'm fond of Steve Martin -- his dry, absurd sense of humor connects most of the time for me. But this one just didn't work. I'm not sure why. Sorry, Steve. I wanted to like it, but just couldn't find it this time.
this could have been really funny but i think Martin needed to rewrite the story from a different point of view. the first person perspective doesn't quite work like he thinks it does. and I felt like he had just finished reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime ( an incredible book I highly recommend, along with Born on a Blue Day), or had watched Rainman; and something about this seemed a little exploitative and at times in poor taste
I bought this book because I enjoyed Steve's Born Standing Up so much. This book is obviously different because it's a work of fiction vs. a biographical tale but his style of writing is the same and it's just as good.
I was literally laughing out loud at times and I can't wait to "read" another one of Steve Martin's tales. Highly recommended!