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.
New to Audible....like to listen to things that make me forget I'm stuck on the CTA
This is probably the best one I have listened to. I feel like so many others try to get so theatrical in their readings and he just reads it like he's telling it to you in person. Quite refreshing!
I love how much he actually remembers! I don't know how much he had to rack his brain to write this but the detail in which he write about venues is pretty amazing. I'm only 32 and I can't remember what I ate yesterday....this guy is describing stages...landscapes...actual things he said in shows. Impressive!
I liked the early stuff he talked about. Had no idea he did magic but I guess I should have assumed that based on the comedy shows Ive seen.
The stuff with his family was pretty moving. I actually cried at the end when he talks about his dad dying. I was on the train too so people thought I was having a meltdown. I think family stuff is so common and it just makes him so much more human.
LA Story is one of my favorite movies of all time. Steve Martin is one celebrity that isn't written about or gossiped about very often. So this book made me feel like I really got to know him. Great listen!
Steve Martin's narration of his own story made this absolutely phenomenal!
Insight into the dynamics of a father/son relationship.
Deep, funny, thoughtful...very much how I could envision hearing the same story if I were hearing it delivered in person, over a long dinner.
The fascinating journey of an accomplished performer perfecting his craft and the twists and turns along the way.
Listen to Steve tell his story, you won't be disappointed.
Fantastic book that shares Steve's story through his early career in stand up, comedy, magic, and deliberately practicing his art. Highly recommend listening to his audio book.
Thoreau's Walden ("Reading") and Ayn Rand's introduction to The Fountainhead (25th anniversary edition) summarize my library well.
Let it be known: I find Steve Martin to be an innovative and unique comedian and entertainer. You only get folks like him once or twice in a generation.
I was expecting this book to have some mindblowing insights about his rise to fame, with deep wisdom gained from the ensuing disillusionment. Frankly, there wasn't a lot of that. There was a lot of what you expect: started small, worked hard, made it big, now reflects. Ironically, "what you expect" was never in Martin's stand-up (the book does explain the roots of his unpredictability).
The one-liners and rehashed bits from Martin's early days are just great (publisher gets a star for their choice of narrator). The banjo interludes (played by Martin, of course) give the book a genuine touch. His path-crossings with other names from the '70s (Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, etc.) are cool. The last chapter is lovely--that chapter gets 5 stars.
This review is no takeaway from Martin's career or work--it just the book wound up being nothing more than a quick, pleasant summer read for me. If you're a Steve Martin fan, it's worth the time. Thanks Mr. Martin for sharing your story.
I love memoirs read by the authors...so authentic. What I love about this book is it really documents the hard work and tenacity required to truly make it in show business. It is funny at times but also poignant as the author reveals a lot about his family scenario, which was trying at times. This book reveals how Martin crafted and honed his unique style of comedy; if you watch "American Masters" on PBS, this is similarly revealing about what feeds into--and then is born out of--a master's creative process.
I found the info about his life very interesting and telling in his development. However, his read of his own book is very lackluster. Lacks the spontaneity and creativity of his own standup routines.
Not really. He is not a very open author or engaging.
Maybe have someone else read it? Add some personal info. Does not compare well to Billy Crystal's book.
Maybe watch some of his Saturday Night Live appearances.
I was disappointed in the lackluster performance. Almost stopped listening. But I slogged through. Was just okay.