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An Object of Beauty: A Novel | [Steve Martin]

An Object of Beauty: A Novel

Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Fans of Steve Martin might at first be disappointed when they note that the talented actor, writer, and musician doesn’t narrate his latest work himself. But once they hear Campbell Scott’s voice, their minor distress will be assuaged. Whether by nature or by practice, Scott’s voice is a near replica of Martin’s — a baritone with a slightly nasal quality that rarely rises or falls in pitch, but still inexplicably conveys incredible depths of emotion.

An Object of Beauty thoroughly entrenches readers in the subculture of the Manhattan art world by following Lacey Yeager, a young, morally ambiguous art dealer who will do anything to make her mark — and make her millions — in the fine art business. Narrator Daniel Franks is an aspiring art writer and friend and witness to Lacey’s life — and accidental co-conspirator to a misdeed that could ruin both their careers. Yet, like most people in Lacey’s life, Franks is drawn into her web willingly, due to her uncanny ability to beguile men, from wealthy art collectors to FBI agents — a skill that aids her speedy ascension in her career.

Thanks to Scott’s pitch-perfect performance, Martin’s presence is felt — and not missed — throughout the reading. The subtle humor is sharp and the plot is driven forward by the desire to uncover where the boundaries of Lacey’s integrity lie — if there are any. Part mystery, part intriguing character study, Martin’s latest creates a dilemma for the listener — you don’t like the protagonist, yet you can’t help but want to know more about her and the sometimes seedy world in which she dwells. —Colleen Oakley

Publisher's Summary

Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

©2010 Steve Martin (P)2010 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"Martin compresses the wild and crazy end of the millennium and finds in this piercing novel a sardonic morality tale." (Publishers Weekly)

"[A] clever, convincingly detailed depiction of NYC’s art scene." (Booklist)

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    Sharon Schwartz Israel 05-15-12
    Sharon Schwartz Israel 05-15-12

    happy shopper

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    "did not finish book!"
    What would have made An Object of Beauty better?

    If the plot were more foucused on telling a story than explaining to reader the details of the art collectors world...


    What could Steve Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    knowing that steve martin is a huge art collector, it felt as if he was showing off his knowledge about this world and less concentrating on the "human" aspects of the story. i read Shopgirl and enjoyed it very much. So I expected more of the same.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Campbell Scott?

    yes I would


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    JLynn New York, NY, United States 02-18-12
    JLynn New York, NY, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Quirky, sophisticated listen"
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    A sophisticated and dryly funny look at the cut-throat world of ART in Manhattan. A cautionary tale about acquiring it, selling it, and using it to move up the ladder of success. The narration by Campbell Scott is first rate, and the story, by Steve Martin, is superb.

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    Michael Mill Valley, CA, United States 01-28-12
    Michael Mill Valley, CA, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Steve Martin's best work"

    I love Steve Martin's comedy, and I moderately enjoyed the novel Shopgirl. He's a talented writer when it comes to the actual prose, but I found this novel difficult to get into or even care about.

    First of all, the main character (Lacey Yeager) is hardly likeable and terribly hard to identify with. I just didn't care about her. In fact, I just didn't care period. She's a self-serving narcissist who really doesn't have many redeeming qualities other than the fact that nearly every heterosexual man she meets wants to sleep with her. (She is not, by the way, a cardboard character; just seriously dull.)

    The best thing about this book is that it delves deeply into the pretentiousness of the art world of New York City. If that's what you're looking for, the book is for you. But if you're looking for a novel with captivating characters that you might care deeply about, I wouldn't recommend it.

    On the plus side, Campbell Scott does a wonderful job, deadpanning his entire way through. (In some ways, I realize that Scott and Martin have similar-sounding voices.)

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    Karin Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-25-11
    Karin Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-25-11
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    "I loved it!"

    I really enjoyed the reader. I was just a little disappointed at first, Steve Martin did not read it himself. But his voice came through loudly with his story line, one liners and little hidden jokes.

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    Melinda Santa Ynez, CA, United States 06-29-11
    Melinda Santa Ynez, CA, United States 06-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting slant on the art word, but....."

    Love Martin's vocabulary and descriptive sense but this story bogged down and was a touch boring.

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    K. Talbott San Jose, CA, United States 06-17-11
    K. Talbott San Jose, CA, United States 06-17-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Need pictures for audible users!"

    I enjoyed the book very much, however was dismayed to discover upon finding a hardcopy at a friends home that there were pictures that weren't available for audio users.

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    lauren calabasas, CA, United States 05-31-11
    lauren calabasas, CA, United States 05-31-11 Member Since 2006
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    "BORING"

    THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE WRITTEN A REVIEW IN 5 YEARS- THIS WAS THE MOST BORING BOOK I'VE LISTENED TO AND THE FIRST I HAVEN'T FINISHED- THE READER WAS SO MONOTONE THAT I COULD HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP. I'VE LOVED ALL OF STEVE MARTIN'S OTHER BOOKS

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Starya DALLAS, TX, United States 03-09-11
    Starya DALLAS, TX, United States 03-09-11
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    "My first audible book!"

    This was my very first audible book and I'm hooked!!
    Loved the story, I know it was dry or slow for some but I'm an "wannabe" artist (using the term "artist" loosely) and it spoke to me! I hung on every word! I was frightened when I saw 68 chapters but I started on Saturday night listening to about 3 chapters and was finished by Tuesday evening on the way home from work!

    It was well written and the humor was dry and quick. Right up my alley! This was a selection for my book club and I truely enjoyed it. Well written and very interesting especially if you're a art buff!

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    Anita San Francisco, CA, United States 03-05-11
    Anita San Francisco, CA, United States 03-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The book is an object of beauty"

    Well written, compact, thought-provoking, and a tad funny. Especially interesting to anyone who's fascinated by the art world. Martins does a nice job writing about the art and trying to explain the essence of what compels us to love it.

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    Alex Prospect, Australia 02-16-11
    Alex Prospect, Australia 02-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Too many punches pulled."

    I am a fan of Steve Martin's previous work.

    I found the first and last hour of this book interesting, but getting through the middle was a struggle.

    I hate not finishing audiobooks, but I really had to force myself to keep listening, hoping for a payoff that never eventuated.

    Whenever the story started to become interesting, Martin pulls his punches - frustrating to say the least. I spent the first 5 hours wondering where this book was going and then how it could possibly get there in the 2.5 hours remaining.

    I imagine those in the art world may find this tale of interest, but I was left disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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