Actor/Writer in ATX "The Most Wonderfully Ridiculous Person" -Kristen Kurtis 93.3 KGSR
Will and have
Having read the book on the page as well, there is something added to the story by hearing Steve's own delivery. His voice is fantastic for narration and the story feels more personal.
Yes, Steve added his emotion to the reading
The struggles he had
No I have not
Say something about yourself!
Maybe Mr. Martin is just an actor /performer? I always thought he was a writer? I love the jerk and his earlier records. Yes the vinyl ones.
Martin's success in the world of comedy and show business is marked by his unrelenting perfectionism and practice, practice, practice. While this slice of his autobiography is revealing of his hard work and of his decency, one does not hear too much of his private life now (which is perfectly OK). He seems a real intellectual, artist, and person who's curious about life, which is what makes him interesting. What makes him funny we've all seen. This book goes a long way to showing what makes him tick. Liked it a lot.
Yes. It was great to hear Steve talk about his stand up career and hear his philosophy about career fulfillment.
Steve... were there any others???
His distinct tone. I could imagine his voice if I read the book. I am an 80s child and the earliest work of his that I have ever seen is early SNL. I'm more familiar with his movies. I have never seen his stand up and I would not have been able to properly guess the tone of the jokes if I had not listened to it.
The last joke made me laugh for a good five minutes. I cried when he spoke about the death of his parents.
He constantly talks about what a shy person he is. He is known to be very private. I gave the story a 4 star rating because like many autobiographies that are specific to one period of a persons life you can literally feel passages where you get the feeling there is more to a story but the author is only going to tell as much as they want you to know. It is the authors right to do so but when the reader can sense the story is censored it leaves a slight feeling of dissatisfaction. I also found this in Tina Fey's "Bossypants". The only autobiography I can think of where I did not feel this was you Michael J. Fox's "Lucky Man."
We were looking for a book we could both appreciate on a two hour drive and this was our compromise choice. The performance was very good and it held our interest both going up and coming back.
This is not a book of celebrity gossip or shallow reflection. That is its strength. It is a serious analysis of how Steve Martin evolved into a stand up comic, how he succeeded, and why he stopped. It candidly examines his relationship with his family, how his routine developed, who and what influenced him and how he succeeded at a particular moment in time. It also examines why he stopped at the height of his comic popularity and started making films.
Not surprisingly Steve Martin is a really effective reader and it was his performance that was the standout characteristic of the audio. Because it is a memoir it was effective to have it read by an author whose narrative skill is professional. The story is intelligent and carries you along and is very satisfying if you are looking for something to pass the time, but in the end it wasn't all that memorable.
If you grew up during Steve Martin's early career this is likely to be more of interest to you than to younger people unless you are familiar with his very visual brand of comedy during the 70s.
Any fan of Steve Martin would appreciate a look back with Mr. Martin on his beginnings in comedy, the development of his standup routine and his move away from standup to a very successful movie career. Lots of wonderful stories, and a few sad ones. Great listen.
Great memories of his SNL appearances. I appreciated the difficult stories about his Father.
Hearing Mr. Martin's difficult times with his Father.
Lots of books lots of time. I love all things Star Wars and fantasy. The Bartimaeus trilogy (or quad) maybe the perfect series. Jonathan Stroud and Douglas Adams are my heroes.
I have a deep and abiding love of Disneyland, so does Steve Martin. If you like his comedy styling, close up magic, 5 string banjos, and anecdotal stories read by a legendary comedian then credits ahoy!!!
If you ever wanted to see the pain of success this is the book for you.
It showed me how Steve Martin started from nothing and built his career up from nothing.
He did an amazing job writing and reading his book. Adding perfect timing to make the book even more memorable.
The story of one wild and crazy guy.
I would, but I would inform the listener that the book is really short.
Well, it's always good when you listen to the actual comedian tell the story of his stand up career!
Yeah, listen to more audio books.
I really wish that this book was twice as long! I enjoyed it so much that I was really frustrated when i finished t so quickly!