This was a great book dont get me wrong but I think I would have liked to here more about his career in film. This covers literally his life "Standing Up" in comedy clubs etc. very funny and perfectly read by the man. If your a Martin fan check it out definetly!
I loved Pure Drivel - - - I love Steve Martin. But, this particular book was impossible for me to listen to. The style of narration (for me) was a problem. It sounds very similar to Pure Drivel, but the here, the subject matter is real life stuff - - I'd prefer to have heard these real life stories in a slightly more natural voice, rather than the absurdist style delivery ((which, once again, and not to belabor the point, let me stress...i loved pure drivel)).
The content itself is really intimate - maybe I'll pick up a hardcopy & read it.
I find that Steve's reading of his own work adds a certain charm and honesty to the writing.
Fantastic listen, I had read the book prior and really enjoyed it, revisiting with the audio book and with his great voice gave it a whole other aspect to the story as a whole, I really enjoyed it. Steve needs to do more audio books!
It was nice to hear about the man Steve Martin, not just the performer. I wish it was longer. It was interesting to hear what it was like breaking into a whole new paradigm of entertainment.
This was my first audio book and far exceeded my expecations. A fascinating tale of Mr. Martins story. If I had one quip, it was the lack of inside detail on his experience with SNL and Hollywood.
The genuine heart
He is a good writer (I didn't know that) that has carefully considered his material. He writes with a feeling he has come to terms with the past, good or bad, and that they all accumulate into what makes him who he is today.
I've enjoyed audio books for years, listened to many different subjects and authors. Like many I wonder what it would be like to meet them. After hearing this well crafted self told tale, I think the most interesting meeting would be a simple lunch and conversation with Steve. I was somehow touched by this authors book, enough to write my first review. Thank you Steve for taking the time, the soul searching and the talent to put this together. I will recommend this book to friends and even give copies for Christmas.
I am a journalist and editor. I help people write personal, persuasive essays. It's fun work!
Steve Martin is a good writer who knows it's better to tell one slice of a story well than to indulge in memoir arrogance and tell an epic tale that might get dull. This book focuses on his standup career, and in that way tells the story of a gifted American comic through a particular lens. I thought it was fascinating and, at times, deeply personal. I am an editor who coaches people on how to write personal essays, and this is a book I will highly recommend.
The banjo, of course!
(Engagingly) entertaining. (Beautifully) intelligent. (Humbly) honest.
Wanted to share with many
I listened as I travelled, at my convenice. Compelled to listen inside my home.
300 books in 20 months.
Yes, and hearing from the author himself is always more insightful.
I think it was the fact that Steve Martin held in there and never gave up.
Not too funny and not too serious but perfectly honest.
Reconciliation with his father who frowned on his work even after great success.
Surprising to find out how isolating it was to be one of the most popular comedians of all time. Did not want the book to end.
Incredible, inspiring and educational.
Learning about martins life and having him tell you personally.
Just an all around great voice.