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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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    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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    R.M. Penn 11-08-14
    R.M. Penn 11-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A collection from the best."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Whenever someone makes a comment about Steve Martin movies, I always ask if they have ever read his books or listened to the audiobooks. If they say no, I always dig out my iPhone and play "Side Effects" for them. It's hard to be funny in person and it's harder to be funny in print--Steve Martin does not have this problem though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    When the story comes up about the missing periods in the Times New Roman font and Martin is reading all the questions and proclamations from the people affected, the other fonts, and the remaining punctuation marks, I laugh hysterically. He is able to convey every sentence precisely so there is no doubt as to what the ending punctuation is supposed to be. While "Side Effects" is my favorite section, this is the one that is my favorite performed story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Side Effects". I was laughing like crazy and having to rewind constantly so I could hear every side effect being listed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It is hard trying to pick just one moment that was moving--maybe the story about MENSA. While it is a really funny story, it's also a little sad that Rod thinks he is so smart, but he is always going to be on the outside of the organization that he so desperately desires to be a part of. Who hasn't felt that before? Doesn't keep me from laughing every time though. I think the other one was the collection of voicemails from Joey that he keeps leaving his old girlfriend--it was just one of those "it's funny because it's true" moments where you could absolutely see someone acting like this or have felt like acting like this poor clueless guy.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this collection of stories and only wish that there were a volume two.

    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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    Claudia Newark, NJ, United States 09-20-13
    Claudia Newark, NJ, United States 09-20-13

    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 11-13-12
    Tall Girl 11-13-12
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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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