This book was an amazing insite into the skills of a craftsman as well as a moving story of a man growing up. Steve reflects, shares and provides a primer into the discipline of writing comedy. At the same time we share his life at that time including his strained family relationships that influenced his writing.
This book does not disappoint and I look forward to revisiting it again many times in the years to come.
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.
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 watched this story while it was happening. It was fun to relive it, but with the benefit of the behind the scenes story. I love Steve Martin, and really enjoyed the book.
I love Steve Martin, and this little book did not disappoint. The story isn't anything special, but it's interesting to hear him narrate his own life and discuss his rise to fame.
While most everyone would agree the Steve had some universally appreciated one liners, I personally never cared for his style overall. Still this book was a great insight into the creative process in general, and the man specifically. Well worth your time
A hopeless book lover
This was a short but enjoyable listen. The focus is on his stand-up career and not much else.I've always been a fan but never saw much of his stand-up, mainly his hilarious movies. I was very impressed by how hard he worked to get to where he is. He sounds very grounded and likable to me. The parts about his father I found to be sad.
I thought his narration was fine. I don't think I would have liked a different narrator on this one.Short but insightful. If you are a fan I think you'll enjoy this.