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"...humor raised to the abstract." (The New York Times)
I must preface this review with the fact that the author and I seem to have the same sense of humor. I have read other reviews that say the book isn't funny, but I think you have to be dialed in to the point the author is making. Yes, there are chapters in the book that ended before the author did, but I'm willing to forgive these given the hilarity available elsewhere in the book. It is evident throughout the book that the author has the ability to recognize the ridiculous and laugh out loud at it. He takes this ability a step further by creating mundane scenes and expanding on them to the point of mocking humor. His reading of the book brings the humor to life in a way no other narrator could deliver. I have read most of this book several times and each reading brings more than mild chuckles.
Although most of the book is great, I will warn against: The Hundred Greatest Books That I've Read, Side Effects, I Love Loosely, Michael Jackson's Old Face. The first two are too long and drag a funny idea to the point of annoying. The next two are just not very funny. Maybe the comparison to the other chapters makes me feel this way, but I doubt it.
Some of the most hilarious chapters include: Dear Amanda, How I Joined Mensa, In Search of the Wily Filipino, Changes in the Memory after Fifty. The first two could have been written by the same person. After his letters to Amanda, Joey must have changed his name to Rod when he decided to join Mensa. I appreciate the jabs in the wily Filipino chapter as well as getting a laugh at the final destination. Maybe it's because I'm over fifty that the fourth chapter mentioned in this paragraph makes me laugh out loud. I really don't care why.
Overall, this book is more than worth reading. I own the paperback version of this book, but listening to the author read the book propels the book over the top for me! Pure Drivel takes some thought on your part. As long as you understand that this book is not passive I highly recommend you read it.
This book started out funny but near the end it just became pure random drivel. I am not a rocket scientist (far from it) so the end of the book was probably totally over my head. I listened to another one of his books "The Pleasure of My Company" and I really enjoyed it which is why I wanted to listen to this one. Plus I heard the excerpt of when the character was writing letters to his x-girlfriend - VERY Funny.
The Pleasure of My Company
I listened to this book at the gym on the treadmill. I found myself laughing out loud many times. Very enjoyable!
I love the comedy of Steve Martin, and have for years. When I discovered this audio book, I expected it to be two hours of pure fun and laughs. Was I disappointed! It was two hours of sheer boredom and torture. I only finished it to justify the cost of the audio book. It would have to improve to be drivel. Only one story was funny; all the rest were just stupid and boring.
Save your money and skip this one. Audible.com presented one of the stories in a "free listen" when I joined, and that was the ONLY story that was funny. Steve Martin is capable of better material than this. He just mailed this one in.
I would rate this as 1/2 start or no star if I could. Based on what other reviewers said about this being funny I thought I would get this one. This is anything but funny; it's down right boring drivel.
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