I enjoyed listening to this book read by Steve Martin about his own life. I wish it was longer for the price, but it was worth my time. Steve's experience working at DisneyLand and the Music Circus at Knotts Berry Farm was a fact that I did not know about Mr. Martin. Hearing about how he came up with the "Excuse Me" and other comedy routines I remember from my teens was fascinating. Take the time and listen.
More insightful and reflective than I expected, but still funny. Compelling. Steve Martin's voice makes for a very pleasant listen.
Steve Martin does a wonderful job of documenting his rise from a wannabe magician when he was a child to a superstar comedian. Factual, emotional, and poignant, the book was not only a great portrait of a creative artist, but a historical account of the rise of stand-up comedy. The book documents his life from birth to the early 80's, when he did the movie "The Jerk." I already yearn for a sequel, as Steve's movie career began to take off. And Steve does a great job of reading his own material. The best kind of audiobook. Definite recommend.
Overall I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot of things about Steve Martin that I didn't know. Some real surprises as to how his most famous routines came into being. I was a little disappointed in that he covers the early part of his career in great deal but the most recent 15 years he hardly mentions at all. A great listen if you are a Steve Martin fan.
It is easy to like Steve Martin because he is funny and smart. I found it interesting that how he came in contact with so many other show business and comedy legends. The fact that he reads the book is a bonus.
I'm not a Steve Martin fan but thought his autobiography was incredibly intelligent and well-written. It is fascinating to hear how his inner emotional life related to the public persona through different periods of his career. Ultimately, the self-awareness he achieves is quite inspiring.
I'd been waiting for a book like this about Steve Martin for many years so was extremely satisfied with the content. Informative and completely entertaining. Really interesting read.
The opening stories during the first hour held my attention, without enthralling me. But then the book really took off when Steve Martin began discussing his standup career, and all the jobs (writing on the Smothers Brothers' Show, etc.) that led up to it. And he discusses the inner workings of his mind during those years, sharing with us the conscious thought process that went into developing his standup persona. All of that was fantastic.
My only complaint is that I wish the book had been longer. (It’s just over 4 hours). I could have easily listened to him discuss his film career, as well. But this is a memoir about his standup days. And it's an interesting one. It also has a very warm quality. And it's a pleasure to hear Steve Martin deliver various jokes he has made over the years. I’m glad he chose to read his book himself. He did a very good job.
If you're a fan of Steve Martin, I don't see how you could be disappointed, other than, as I said, it could have been longer.
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!