I really wanted to read this book as I am a great fan of Steve Martin. Yet his reading of it, short of some of his comedy bits, is rather monotone. The insights he gives are somewhat interesting, but few, there are huge gaps in his life (like only one mention of his marriage, and that is to counter a quote from some newspaper when he divorced). Didn't want all the dirt, but did want something that would make me 'feel' like I knew Steve Martin. I feel I hardly know the man at all.
I expected more from an autobiography. This reads like a review of a (not so engaging) trip. First I went here, then I went there, this happened, then that happened.
Dull as can be. I realize that Steve Martin is a "private" person, but why then would he write an autobiography? Oh yes, an autobiography that has no NOTHING in it!
If you ever think you have lead a dull life, then this will lift you up immeasurably! Rest assured, as it is conveyed here, this will top yours!
A total disappointment from a public figure who I enjoyed and laughed along with many others in the 70's.
Looking for a good autobiography? Try Diane Keaton's newest one, you won't be disappointed!
The book wasn't funny or even interesting
It was a dry read. But the writing was so poor not sure that anything could have made it funny.
The whole book should have been burned before press time thus stopping a audio book.
Wow I want my life and my money back.
As a fan of the audio version of Pure Drivel, I was surprised to hear Martin read this memoir in such a cold manner. I generally prefer works read by their authors because of the sophisticated judgment of inflection and tone that the creator can give his own words, and I heard none of that here. The content is interesting enough, and was not written to be humorous, but Martin treats it as if it were a set of airline safety regulations rather than a fragment of his own life. There is none of the warmth and joviality I normally associate with his reading. Forewarned is forearmed--look to this work only if you have a specific interest in Steve Martin, otherwise consider the much more genial Alan Alda memoir regarding his stuffed dog.
I never 'got' his stand up stuff, but enjoyed some of his movies so I decided to see if I'd missed something. I hadn't. He whines; the typical misunderstood boy blah blah blah. I'd think, with his success and wealth, he'd find SOMETHING to be happy about, if not humorous.
Maybe because I'm from a different (younger) generation, I'm missing subtle humor in this book. I guess I assumed that a memoir from a comedian would be, like the comedian's work, funny. Turns out this one isn't, and the narrator is surprisingly unenthusiastic about his own life. It's boring, skip it.
Martin has clearly decided to no longer be funny. Even anecdotes of funny things he has done in the past come across as very affected and aloof. Perhaps he should have chosen a professional reader.
Very ho hum. I have always admired SM talents. Being in my late teens and in my twenties through out his stand up; I was looking very forward to this story. I wished there had been more, more about his movies etc. Maybe more on a personal level. But regardless, Thanks Steve for the acting you've provided me many hours of "out of my shoes" entertainment. I appreciate that you narrated this book. You are very very funny guy. Thank you.