Thoreau's 'Walden' and Ayn Rand's 25th anniversary introduction to 'The Fountainhead' summarize my library well.
Let it be known: I find Steve Martin to be an innovative and unique comedian and entertainer. You only get folks like him once or twice in a generation.
I was expecting this book to have some mindblowing insights about his rise to fame, with deep wisdom gained from the ensuing disillusionment. Frankly, there wasn't a lot of that. There was a lot of what you expect: started small, worked hard, made it big, now reflects. Ironically, "what you expect" was never in Martin's stand-up (the book does explain the roots of his unpredictability).
The one-liners and rehashed bits from Martin's early days are just great (publisher gets a star for their choice of narrator). The banjo interludes (played by Martin, of course) give the book a genuine touch. His path-crossings with other names from the '70s (Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, etc.) are cool. The last chapter is lovely--that chapter gets 5 stars.
This review is no takeaway from Martin's career or work--it just the book wound up being nothing more than a quick, pleasant summer read for me. If you're a Steve Martin fan, it's worth the time. Thanks Mr. Martin for sharing your story.
I love memoirs read by the authors...so authentic. What I love about this book is it really documents the hard work and tenacity required to truly make it in show business. It is funny at times but also poignant as the author reveals a lot about his family scenario, which was trying at times. This book reveals how Martin crafted and honed his unique style of comedy; if you watch "American Masters" on PBS, this is similarly revealing about what feeds into--and then is born out of--a master's creative process.
I found the info about his life very interesting and telling in his development. However, his read of his own book is very lackluster. Lacks the spontaneity and creativity of his own standup routines.
Not really. He is not a very open author or engaging.
Maybe have someone else read it? Add some personal info. Does not compare well to Billy Crystal's book.
Maybe watch some of his Saturday Night Live appearances.
I was disappointed in the lackluster performance. Almost stopped listening. But I slogged through. Was just okay.
I am not a huge Steve Martin fan. I don't care too much about comedy or show business. I don't read autobiographies at all. But something inside of me wanted to read this book. I'm glad I did. It was such an interesting read, and Steve Martin's performance of it allows the listener to feel as though Steve is just sitting there telling you about his life. (which he technically is). I would recommend this book to anyone whether they're a Steve Martin fan or not. It was very interesting.
I was fascinated to hear the story of Steve Martin's early stand up years. He intersperses childhood memories of his family through the history of his years struggling to be a successful stand up comic. He narrates the story very matter-of-factly but still provides his recognizable voice.
He really crafts vivid images in his words. He set the scenes memorably without getting bogged down in details.
Well Steve could have been more revealing about himself
His voice is smooth and his delivery excellent.
Yes it did have some details about delivering comedy and did tell some details about what it is like about developing a comedy act. However it is lacks too much detail. Not too much introspection.
I truly enjoyed the honest and candid story telling of one of my favorite performers. Life is not all roses for those who achieve success but the proof is in how they manage it. Great story and a great performer.
Just an amazing book, loved it all, an exceptional look into the mind that brought so much ground breaking comedy, I wore the albums out and never failed to borrow one of his lines whenever possible, although I was then a teenager heading into my twenties. Steve's comedy alwYs made me laugh & feel comfortable at the same time. Great comic, actor, & now author (your narration on Audible was fantastic) THANK YOU STEVE MARTIN