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.
2008 Grammy Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album
"Absolutely magnificent. One of the best books about comedy and being a comedian ever written." (Jerry Seinfeld)
The book is entertaining from the beginining to the end and the narration is great. I listened to 'Born Standing Up' after completing a very draining project at work and the good laugh was therapeutic! Anyone looking to have a good laugh will find this book rewarding.
It however feels too short.
I bought this audiobook expecting some comedy, but what it delivered was an insight into the making of a career and a life--exactly what a good autobiography should be, even though at one time, Mr. Martin says he feels like he's writing about someone else's life. Steve Martin is a good storyteller. He gives us his triumphal moments as well as his anguish, without being overwrought. The story was always engaging and often surprising.
His voice, as we know, is very pleasant, and more pleasant still is that he reads with emphasis and diction, and just the right amount of emotion. You might think that's to be expected from a person in show business, but it's true that there are several audiobooks out there that have been slaughtered by actors who are bad readers.
On both counts, story and delivery, this one is a good pick.
I loved listening to this book. It would not have been the same if it were read by anyone but the author! No one would have done the voices the same or sang the songs we who were weaned on his stand up routine know so well. I love Steve and at one time knew his comedy routines by rote. I love him as an actor today. After listening to his book I understand the life of the aspiring comic and know exactly why he chose another course for his career. Love this book!
I thoroughly enjoyed this auto-biography and Mr. Martin provided an insightful and thoughtful account of his rise to fame.
The fact that Martin narrated his own book added immensely to my enjoyment. To have him deliver his one-liners and sing some of his songs the way he did on stage was wonderful.
When Martin's own voice is delivering his funny lines and singing some of the songs he actually used to do on stage and TV, it was an incredible delight.
This is not a
This is probably the shortest audio book I've ever listened to. If Martin had chosen to dwell on other aspects of his life (his marriage, his movies, his bluegrass music), it would've been a much longer book. But this isn't an autobiography that intends to delve into his entire life. Rather, it is very specific to the development -- and eventual triumph -- of his stand-up-comedy routine. I did find myself wanting to hear what he had to say about the other phases of his life, but perhaps there will be another memoir or two coming from Steve in the future. I hope so!
I have listened to several audio books here on audible and Born Standing Up: was terrific.
Steve Martin does a fantastic job telling the story of his struggle to success while sharing the humility of being a comic.
Steve's voice makes the story come to life.
No extreme reaction here, but if you are looking for understanding of why or how Steve was able to reach meteoric success in ten years, I think you will find plenty of ah ha moments.
I highly recommend, Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life.
Listening to Steve Martin read it.
I loved the stories about the early days of his career. I also liked how he showed the evolution of his artistic style.
I've just gotten hooked on audio book this last year & I love them. Now I can "read" a book & do other things like walk or hobbies.
yes, coz he's so funny
I just realized I am vain and there's a song about me, ha ha.
student of truth
This is a great story and offers fascinating insights to anyone who stands on stage to speak in front of others. As read by Steve himself, this is a delightful book.
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