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"...humor raised to the abstract." (The New York Times)
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.
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.
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.
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.
not that funny in this one
would not recommend. The funniest one is the free one Dear Amanda.
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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
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.
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.
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His performance appeared to be forced, although given the book, I'm not sure anyone else could have narrated it any better.
I gave him the benefit of one extra point because he really is a brilliant comedian.
I was disappointed. I have always loved Steve Martin. This truly WAS drivel.
The 5 minute "first listen" was the only high spot in the whole book.
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