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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.

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

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    Lori J. Rosendahl Magna, UT United States 05-02-06
    Lori J. Rosendahl Magna, UT United States 05-02-06 Listener Since 2006
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    "Loved this."

    I listened to this book at the gym on the treadmill. I found myself laughing out loud many times. Very enjoyable!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 11-11-10
    David 11-11-10
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    "Worse Than Drivel, Boring & Not Funny"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Northfield, OH, USA 05-26-08
    Karen Northfield, OH, USA 05-26-08
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    "Boring Drivel"

    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.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lonnie Fairfax, VA, USA 03-28-03
    Lonnie Fairfax, VA, USA 03-28-03
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    "Can I get my money back?"

    "Pure drivel", precisely. I didn't even bother listening to the whole thing. Sorry, Steve. Just too boring.

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Gina oceanside , CA, USA 07-06-07
    Gina oceanside , CA, USA 07-06-07
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    "pure drivel..."

    the name says it all.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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