Great book. I can't say that I have ever been a huge Steve Martin fan but after listening to this book I have an entirely new respect for him and his craft. Mr. Martin reads the book himself and does a fantastic job of bringing his pieces to life (as he should). I'm glad no one else narrated this book. A must read for any one remotely interested in a comic legend.
I bought this book because I'm an unabashed Steve Martin fan and not too proud to admit I was one of the thousands who went to his comedy concerts in major arenas, relishing in every rendition of King Tut or his Grandma's song. For someone who's an excellent writer of screenplays, his autobiographical writing style is really too full of cliches and elementary similes, but in the end the book provides what it advertises: a look into the process that created (IMO) one of the most gifted stand-up comedians of this or any other generation. It'a quick and enjoyable listen, but really only if you're a fan of Martin. I don't think it would appeal to anyone else.
Say something about yourself!
I loved hearing Martin's point of view of his rise from amusement park worker to SNL and Hollywood. Some great stories, told by the man himself. You come out understanding why he rose so far, and how he burned out on standup. It's amazing how much though went into what seemed like a freeform act. And you get why he decided it was time to move on.
Loved this one. Great to hear Steve Martin tell his story (in his own voice) and how he landed on his own unique style of comedy. Some really interesting insights along the way.
If you're a fan of any aspect of Steve Martin's career, I think you'll enjoy this "peek" behind the scenes.
As a creative person, professionally following a creative career, though in a different field, I really enjoyed listening to the evolution of his stand up career, material, and his thoughts, memory, and honest commentary about the highs and lows. In hindsight, he identifies turning points in his life and career that were insightful and often poignant.
With all of the above, it would have been well worth it, but the book is also infused with the sophisticated Martin humor: loved the lines about "curvy virtues" and "I did not kill him."
I'll listen to this one again I am sure in a year or so. (That was it's only negative, I wish it were a longer audiobook.) Great going Steve!
Membre since March 2008.
So a 6 hour listen was plenty and having Steve read it was fantastic.
Great book on the life of stand up comedy and if you're a Steve Martin fan, the book is a must.
It's a short listen but provides adequate insight into the life of Steve Martin. Of the 40 Audible books I've listened to, I'd rate it in the bottom third in terms of story. I enjoyed it but once was enough.
I chose this book specifically so I could listen to it from start-to-finish while driving on a trip.
Vancouver-based filmmaker. Crazy cat lady who falls down a lot of rabbit holes.
Highly recommended for anyone who loves Steve Martin, stand-up comedy and banjos, although not exclusively. So glad I listened to the audiobook rather than just reading the book because you're treated to banjo interludes, Steve Martin's own dry delivery, his comic inflection and timing, not to mention the occasional song. Lots of insight, lots of laughs and even a few tears.
Civil War Nut LH
I'm glad I bought it. I've been watching Steve Martin for decades and always thought he was funny. However, I'm a big fan of Kathy Griffin. After reading her account of meeting Steve Martin for the first time, I was ready to give this book a pass (even though Kathy loved this book). I'm glad I gave it a chance.
Steve's performance in the beginning is a little boring. If you get past the small part where he seems to be getting his feet wet, you'll find it's worth the wait. Okay, so he name-drops and I was a little impressed by that. He really gets into the story after the first chapter or so and that was enough to get me to listen to it again. I definitely got my money's worth.
I loved this story.Steve Martin is the funniest writer I have listened to,ever.If you like comics,he's the best.Buy this book now.