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Shopgirl Audiobook

Shopgirl

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Publisher's Summary

One of the country's most acclaimed and beloved entertainers, Steve Martin has written a novella that is unexpectedly perceptive about relationships and life. Martin is profoundly wise when it comes to the inner workings of the human heart.

Mirabelle is the "shopgirl" of the title, a young woman, beautiful in a wallflowerish kind of way, who works behind the glove counter at Neiman Marcus "Selling things that nobody buys anymore..."

Slightly lost but not off-kilter, very shy, Mirabelle charms because of all that she is not: not glamorous, not aggressive, not self-aggrandizing. Still there is something about her that is irresistible.

Mirabelle captures the attention of Ray Porter, a wealthy businessman almost twice her age. As they tentatively embark on a relationship, they both struggle to decipher the language of love - with consequences that are both comic and heartbreaking. Filled with the kind of witty, discerning observations that have brought Martin critical success, Shopgirl is a work of disarming tenderness.

Don't miss Steve Martin, Christopher Buckley, and other humorists discussing their craft at the New Yorker Festival.

©2000 Steve Martin, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Grammy Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album

"Martin's elegant, bleak, desolatingly sad first novella is in every sense his most serious work to date." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Sephine 08-08-03
    Sephine 08-08-03 Member Since 2016
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    "Steve Martin has a direct line to my heart..."

    I am amazed at this book. Truly astounded. Still coming out of a relationship so parallel to Mirabelle's it amazes me, Steve's portrayal of Ray Porter and the insight into his mind has left me stunned, smiling and so openly understanding some of the background thoughts of my own relationship. I am refreshed! The characters and Steve's narrative are so novel and bright. I hope he continues with these characters. I will be awaiting another installment!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 10-15-15
    Ruth Bain 10-15-15

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    "Interesting but a bit flat"

    Ok, Steve Martin is a reinaissance man, and this short book highlights his skill with the written word. But there's something a bit flat with the narration and the characters. There are definitely some chuckles, but this is more poignant than funny.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery Salem, OR 11-03-05
    Jeffery Salem, OR 11-03-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Great book on relationships"

    A great book! Martin shows incredible insight into how males and females differ in expectations, approach, etc. to life and each other. Prior reviews point out the sex and depressive situations, but, for a lot of people, that is how they go through relationships and life... and Martin does an excellent job of shining light into those corners of people. I'm glad it doesn't have a "hollywood" ending, because that would cheapen the whole experience of the book. I wouldn't be surprized if this book received several literary awards.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 07-19-04
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 07-19-04 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "excellent in character depth"

    Steve Martin gives an excellent in-depth character portrayal in a novel which keeps you laughing, snickering, smiling and raising your eyebrows. An especially good novel for the twenty-year olds begin to find their way into relationships.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Ware Aurora, CO USA 02-13-04
    A. Ware Aurora, CO USA 02-13-04 Member Since 2012
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    "Finely Observed Life"

    This is a character study in many ways, and I wanted to know more about Mirabelle and what happened to her. Steve Martin continues to be an astute observor of that rarified area known as Los Angeles...if you liked LA Story, you'll enjoy this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nuria Costa 09-11-17
    Nuria Costa 09-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining and fun"
    Where does Shopgirl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My first audiobook. Very easy to understand and follow.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Steve Martin? Why or why not?

    Yes. He writes in a clear and smart way. You don't get lost. I would specially recommend his books to be heard.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The sex scene. Very real.


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    Jayme Smith 07-08-17
    Jayme Smith 07-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Love Steve martin!"

    I saw the movie 1st before the book. Found that I loved the book as much, if not more then the movie!

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    Ayana Renoldi-Bracco 02-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining and Quirky"

    Brilliant and captivating, this is the story of three different individuals growing up and finding themselves unexpectedly as adults. I have a whole new respect and admiration for Steve Martin. This was great.

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    Anna 02-07-15
    Anna 02-07-15
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    "In love with this book"

    I wish Steve Martin would read me to sleep every night. This book was lovely and funny and brutally honest.

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    hayley 07-02-12
    hayley 07-02-12
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    "Not as interesting as An Object of Beauty"
    If you’ve listened to books by Steve Martin before, how does this one compare?

    I first read An Object of Beauty and really loved the story. I then decided to read Shopgirl and was much less impressed. The story was not as interesting and not a lot happened throughout the plot. The characters were boring and the audiobook was very short.


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