I wanted to like it based on the excerpt from the book which was the free download for joining Audible.com. I thought that was wonderful.
The rest of the book -- not so much.
Even though I LOVE Steve Martin, one of the best comedians ever and creative as one can possibly be, this is a mix of short stories or pieces with no connecting line of which some are nice however most are boring. I think my opinion may have been different if I was seeing it as a stage act.
My first non-finished audio-book.. Sorry Steve, you are great but this one is not.
This book is ths funniest thing written since Woody Allen's Without Feathers. It can make a good claim to be slightly funnier (though not as subtle) as The Hitchiker's Guide. Brilliant timing, inspired wordplay, new inventive comedic concepts, are all utilized to make this an unparalleled lethal combination of humourous innovations. BEWARE: Sid effects may include, laugh generated hernias, rapid humour induced tear expulsion, and peeing yourself. Do not stand on high tension power lines while listening to this audiobook.
A laugh-out loud read by Steve Martin. Wonderful use of language and some sophisticated humor. The stories aren't all on the same level, but the book was enjoyable.
Whenever someone makes a comment about Steve Martin movies, I always ask if they have ever read his books or listened to the audiobooks. If they say no, I always dig out my iPhone and play "Side Effects" for them. It's hard to be funny in person and it's harder to be funny in print--Steve Martin does not have this problem though.
When the story comes up about the missing periods in the Times New Roman font and Martin is reading all the questions and proclamations from the people affected, the other fonts, and the remaining punctuation marks, I laugh hysterically. He is able to convey every sentence precisely so there is no doubt as to what the ending punctuation is supposed to be. While "Side Effects" is my favorite section, this is the one that is my favorite performed story.
"Side Effects". I was laughing like crazy and having to rewind constantly so I could hear every side effect being listed.
It is hard trying to pick just one moment that was moving--maybe the story about MENSA. While it is a really funny story, it's also a little sad that Rod thinks he is so smart, but he is always going to be on the outside of the organization that he so desperately desires to be a part of. Who hasn't felt that before? Doesn't keep me from laughing every time though. I think the other one was the collection of voicemails from Joey that he keeps leaving his old girlfriend--it was just one of those "it's funny because it's true" moments where you could absolutely see someone acting like this or have felt like acting like this poor clueless guy.
Love this collection of stories and only wish that there were a volume two.
Steve Martin was fine.. It is his book
Only a few part were funny other wise not worth it
I Luv Audible!!
I absolutely enjoyed this book. I got it based on the "Dear Amanda" clip in my Audible library. The book is well narrated! though some of the topics werent fall off your seat funny It was still enjoyable
The title says it all. Not only is it 'pure drivel' it is boring and uninteresting. Even Steve Martin's delivery as narrator can't overcome the fact that the book lacks substance and yes, even humour. There are very few books I give up on part way through but this was one of them. I stayed with it through the first half hoping it would get better but by then I was out of patience and perseverance.
I really like Steve Martin which is why I chose this book, however I soon felt that I was in grade school. I should have taken the title literally. For me his humor must be seen and not just heard. It just didn't translate.
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His performance appeared to be forced, although given the book, I'm not sure anyone else could have narrated it any better.
I gave him the benefit of one extra point because he really is a brilliant comedian.