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.
I was disappointed. I have always loved Steve Martin. This truly WAS drivel.
The 5 minute "first listen" was the only high spot in the whole book.
It's just what the name says: pure drivel Steve Martin is well Steve Martin. I liked the first
story the best. I liked the whole book. ALL OF IT. I love SM. He has my initals.
no But since I've heard this one I will buy more.
I loved it all
I am so glad I joined audio bbooks and have decided to keep it
This book was pointless, didn't even begin to be funny, and was a complete waste of time. This the worst book I have ever read or listened to. Don't make the same mistake I made in thinking that if it is Steve Martin, it has to be funny.
Dry, delectable humor.
Steve Martin is every character, to me. He is the strong studs and the bullish men, the clever coppers and the wily women, the lug, the lush, the lovers. They are all Steve and they are all wonderful.
This is my first experience listening to Steve Martin read a book, but unless you are born under a heavy rock with molten lava poured on top you've seen him perform on SNL, or elsewhere. As always, he's brilliant!
Pure Drivel is pure entertainment
Do yourself a favor and download this audio book today!
Because thats what it was .
Not easy so many were in it .. But the Dear Amanda letter was good and you could picture it =)
Oh yes I enjoy him so much ... his dialog just kept me listening
Silly Antidotes to make us chuckle .....
It was to short for me !!!
not that funny in this one
would not recommend. The funniest one is the free one Dear Amanda.
I must preface this review with the fact that the author and I seem to have the same sense of humor. I have read other reviews that say the book isn't funny, but I think you have to be dialed in to the point the author is making. Yes, there are chapters in the book that ended before the author did, but I'm willing to forgive these given the hilarity available elsewhere in the book. It is evident throughout the book that the author has the ability to recognize the ridiculous and laugh out loud at it. He takes this ability a step further by creating mundane scenes and expanding on them to the point of mocking humor. His reading of the book brings the humor to life in a way no other narrator could deliver. I have read most of this book several times and each reading brings more than mild chuckles.
Although most of the book is great, I will warn against: The Hundred Greatest Books That I've Read, Side Effects, I Love Loosely, Michael Jackson's Old Face. The first two are too long and drag a funny idea to the point of annoying. The next two are just not very funny. Maybe the comparison to the other chapters makes me feel this way, but I doubt it.
Some of the most hilarious chapters include: Dear Amanda, How I Joined Mensa, In Search of the Wily Filipino, Changes in the Memory after Fifty. The first two could have been written by the same person. After his letters to Amanda, Joey must have changed his name to Rod when he decided to join Mensa. I appreciate the jabs in the wily Filipino chapter as well as getting a laugh at the final destination. Maybe it's because I'm over fifty that the fourth chapter mentioned in this paragraph makes me laugh out loud. I really don't care why.
Overall, this book is more than worth reading. I own the paperback version of this book, but listening to the author read the book propels the book over the top for me! Pure Drivel takes some thought on your part. As long as you understand that this book is not passive I highly recommend you read it.