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!
This is hands down, by far, the best autobiography that I have ever had the privilege of experiencing. The only way to go on this book is audible so you can hear the story directly from Steve Martin himself. If you're a fan of comedy and looking for something fun, insightful, and entertaining, this is it.
Steve Martin was great in it,
Same title would still work
Excellent, you will not be disappointed
My goal is to read 52 books in 1 year! I read 33 last year!
I loved how he tells stories, and it was both entertaining and insightful into what a sand-up comedian goes through
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.