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Born Standing Up Audiobook
Born Standing Up
Written by: 
Steve Martin
Narrated by: 
Steve Martin
Born Standing Up Audiobook

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

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Publisher's Summary

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

At age 10 Martin started his career at Disneyland, selling guidebooks in the newly opened theme park. In the decade that followed, he worked in the Disney magic shop and the Bird Cage Theatre at Knott's Berry Farm, performing his first magic/comedy act a dozen times a week. The story of these years, during which he practiced and honed his craft, is moving and revelatory.

Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline, and originality that made him an icon and informs his work to this day. To be this good, to perform so frequently, was isolating and lonely. It took Martin decades to reconnect with his parents and sister, and he tells that story with great tenderness. Martin also paints a portrait of his times: the era of free love and protests against the war in Vietnam, the heady irreverence of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the late 60s, and the transformative new voice of Saturday Night Live in the 70s.

©2007 Steve Martin; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

2008 Grammy Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album

"Absolutely magnificent. One of the best books about comedy and being a comedian ever written." (Jerry Seinfeld)

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    Kate M. 03-23-15
    Kate M. 03-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun book by a fun guy"
    What did you love best about Born Standing Up?

    It went back to Martin's early life, when he did stand-up. Interesting to see how his life progressed until he gave up stand-up to move forward in his career.


    Any additional comments?

    Short and sweet!

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    Ty Stephens 03-23-15
    Ty Stephens 03-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Everything you want it to be."

    Steve Martin telling his own story. It's as good as you want it to be. You really learn what makes him tick and it made me appreciate him even more.

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    Larry Pontius Longwood, FL United States 03-12-15
    Larry Pontius Longwood, FL United States 03-12-15

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    "Excellent!"

    I expected it to be more comedic in its narration and in the end, because it was not, gave me a sense of who he really is. A surprising delight.

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    Bob 03-12-15
    Bob 03-12-15
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    "Best book ever"

    Steve Martin is a genious. I know because i am also genious. Geniouses always get each other. We should have a show together: I dream geniouses.

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    joseph Marietta, GA United States 03-02-15
    joseph Marietta, GA United States 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fanatic!!!"

    Wonderful story, beautiful writing and heartfelt telling!! So glad I finally gave it a listen!! I highly recommend it to anyone!

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    S. Jones Los Angeles, CA 03-01-15
    S. Jones Los Angeles, CA 03-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I never knew..."

    This memoir as Steve refers to it, is so much more. Countless stories both personal and professional. Steve is a one of a kind humorist which is evident by the story of how his live persona came about. This man worked very, very hard to become who he is and his success is not an accident. I loved it.

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    jeffrey 02-27-15
    jeffrey 02-27-15 Member Since 2014

    Father of three with no time to actually read, but also a former history teacher and current attorney with a long commute-I love audiobooks.

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    "interesting---not as funny as you'd expect..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Born Standing Up to be better than the print version?

    ummm....like most audio book listeners, I listened to it only--didnt read the book


    What other book might you compare Born Standing Up to and why?

    It's similar to Rob Lowe's books on life trying to "make it" in show biz


    What does Steve Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice...in some instances he sings or does character voices that only he could do.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, and if there's a down side that's it...it's an OK story with a few interesting parts....


    Any additional comments?

    Steve Martin fans will be disappointed that he basically gets to the point where he went into the movies....and stops. The only film he talks about much is The Jerk....

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    Anonymous 02-25-15
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    "A well written look back on an amazing life"
    What made the experience of listening to Born Standing Up the most enjoyable?

    As a aspiring Comic who looks up to one of the greats it was astounding to hear the story and life of such a prolific man.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is so well rounded. You will laugh at his growth in the world and be heartbroken as he details lost loves and Family.


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    Noah Fleming Kingsville, ON 02-21-15
    Noah Fleming Kingsville, ON 02-21-15

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    "Short and sweet."

    This was a decent book. I wish it was longer, but it's interesting to hear Steve's path to fame, how quickly he got there, and how quickly he wanted to change gears.

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    Ross Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-20-15
    Ross Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-20-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Not What I Expected"

    I was thinking that this book would be about a "wild and crazy guy", but instead it was about the journey of a young boy as he evolved into the Steve Martin that became so famous. Sometimes painful, sometimes funny, made all the more engrossing because it is read by Steve, himself.

    Anyone who loved Steve Martin back in the 70s and 80s, should really enjoy this book.

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