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Pure Drivel | [Steve Martin]

Pure Drivel

In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of the New Yorker already know: that Martin is also a master of the written word. Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, these pieces feature Martin at his finest.
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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)

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    Beth Sterling, VA, United States 04-03-11
    Beth Sterling, VA, United States 04-03-11 Member Since 2010
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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 4 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Seth F. 11-06-05
    Seth F. 11-06-05 Member Since 2005
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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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mynt Washington, DC 01-15-07
    Mynt Washington, DC 01-15-07 Member Since 2005

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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.

    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
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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.

    1 of 1 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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    Claudia Newark, NJ, United States 09-20-13
    Claudia Newark, NJ, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2012

    I Luv Audible!!

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    "Funny!!!"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Oakville, Ontario, Canada 07-22-13
    Mary Oakville, Ontario, Canada 07-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Definitely not worth the credit."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tall Girl Lake Oswego, OR, US 11-13-12
    Tall Girl Lake Oswego, OR, US 11-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    What would have made Pure Drivel better?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Girl Walks Into A Bar by Rachel Dratch


    What didn’t you like about Steve Martin’s performance?

    His performance appeared to be forced, although given the book, I'm not sure anyone else could have narrated it any better.


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

    I gave him the benefit of one extra point because he really is a brilliant comedian.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    The Divine Ms E Albuquerque, NM United States 11-05-12
    The Divine Ms E Albuquerque, NM United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    What would have made Pure Drivel better?

    I was disappointed. I have always loved Steve Martin. This truly WAS drivel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Martin again?

    Not likely.


    Any additional comments?

    The 5 minute "first listen" was the only high spot in the whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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