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Pure Drivel Audiobook

Pure Drivel

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Publisher's Summary

In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Steve Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of The New Yorker already know: that Martin is a master of the written word. Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, these pieces, some of which first appeared in The New Yorker, feature Martin at his finest. With a playwright's ear for dialogue, a sense of irony only Martin could muster, and a first-class comic ability to perfectly time the punch line, Pure Drivel will have listeners crying with laughter, and marveling at the fact that in addition to all of his many talents, Steve Martin is also a superb writer.

Don't miss Steve Martin, Christopher Buckley, and other humorists discussing their craft at the New Yorker Festival.

©1998 40 Share Productions, Inc.; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster Audio, All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"...humor raised to the abstract." (The New York Times)

What Members Say

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    Seth F. 11-06-05
    Seth F. 11-06-05 Member Since 2009
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    "May be dangerous to people with stitches"

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 01-15-07
    Laura 01-15-07

    Mynt

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    "Read as only Steve Martin Can"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Sterling, VA, United States 04-03-11
    Beth Sterling, VA, United States 04-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Really? Only 2 hours and 14 minutes?"

    Seemed longer.

    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.

    Very forgettable.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Brick, NJ, United States 12-11-11
    Edward Brick, NJ, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2014
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    "only a few funny ones"
    Would you try another book from Steve Martin and/or Steve Martin?

    yes


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    don't know


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    not that funny in this one


    What character would you cut from Pure Drivel?

    don't know


    Any additional comments?

    would not recommend. The funniest one is the free one Dear Amanda.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Oded New York, New York, United States 03-08-11
    Oded New York, New York, United States 03-08-11
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    "This should be a stage act - not an audiobook"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Tacoma, WA, USA 08-03-03
    Joe Tacoma, WA, USA 08-03-03
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    "Moments of sheer brilliance"

    I loved just about everything here. Great stuff.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Eric R. 05-09-15
    Eric R. 05-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Typical entertaining Martin"

    Steve Martin always surprises me. A better actor or author I haven't decided. This is an entertaining collection of short stories and typical Martin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith 02-12-15
    Keith 02-12-15
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    "Steve Martin is funny"

    Yeah, I know, he's one the greatest comedians ever, but think about it: Not only is Martin a master of humor, he's a master of intelligent humor. That's pretty rare. This audiobook is worth the money for his Schrödinger's cat essay alone. It'll make you laugh out loud; not LOL, but literally. Laugh. Out. Loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marielle Murphy 01-15-15 Member Since 2016

    My motto: Strive , Thrive, Survive Love the audio books, great for listening while driving or when getting ready to go to sleep.

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    "Hysterically Funny"
    If you could sum up Pure Drivel in three words, what would they be?

    Funny times Three


    What did you like best about this story?

    Steve Martin did the narraction


    Which scene was your favorite?

    He claimed that he sexually assaulted a sea turtle and was sorry.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I listened to it, it was SO FUNNY, that I listened to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone can use a laugh once in a while. This book will make you laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mylie 09-16-14
    Mylie 09-16-14
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    "Not as good as I thought"
    What would have made Pure Drivel better?

    Better stories


    Has Pure Drivel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steve Martin?

    Steve Martin was fine.. It is his book


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Only a few part were funny other wise not worth it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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