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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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    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 01-17-12
    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    What would have made Shopgirl better?

    A better story. A believable story, with believe-able characters.


    What was most disappointing about Steve Martin’s story?

    Empty characters. I could care less about them.


    Did Steve Martin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Steve is a great actor and reader. He does a good job, and I love to hear his voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO!


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    A. Smith 08-21-11
    A. Smith 08-21-11
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    ""Slightly lost but not off-kilter" is author"

    Once you move away from LA you realize relationships are not meant to be like this & therefore this book is not entertaining. But, this is a slice of LA, probably one that Steve has experienced & he/his pals thought funny made into a movie. That???s all it takes in LA, a ???celebrity??? with an idea???you get it. 2 ?? stars at the most. That???s because the protagonist slams the ???steve??? character, in my view.

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    02-11-10
    02-11-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Recommended"

    Steve Martin's writing unlike his stand up comedy always seems to have a depressing and sad undertone. Yet I still enjoy it, its very real and he has a way of explaining the sadness in every day life. This is yet another one of those books that follow this pattern but I will always want to read them.

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    Virginia Greensboro, NC, USA 12-10-09
    Virginia Greensboro, NC, USA 12-10-09

    I like to read and always looking for a good book

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    Loved this book I think he did a great job on it I was interested the whole time it kept me guessing the end was something i didnt expect -

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    mjchgo 04-13-08
    mjchgo 04-13-08 Member Since 2008
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    "nice story"

    Was nice to hear the book version after having seen the Steve Martin movie version.

    When you put the two together the story is more interesting with more depth and a deeper perspective that doesn't come across as well in the movie version.

    Watch the film, read (or hear) the book for a full experience of what I think the author intends.

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    Erica Gilbert, AZ, USA 01-13-08
    Erica Gilbert, AZ, USA 01-13-08
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    "Not what I expected"

    I was not impressed with this book. It reminded me to much of a high school essay written for english class. It was not what a expected from a comic great like steve martin.

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    Lynn 05-09-07
    Lynn 05-09-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Excellent listen"

    I recommend all of Steve Martin's novelettes. Really enjoyed this.

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    Deborah New York, NY, USA 11-07-06
    Deborah New York, NY, USA 11-07-06
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    "SO-SO"

    I was able to get through this story, but it was pretty boring. I was hoping it would pick up at some point or have a good ending, but it just droned on.

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    Mark leverett, MA, USA 10-22-06
    Mark leverett, MA, USA 10-22-06
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    "hollywood?"

    It's been a month since I listened to this book and in that time what cream has risen has spoiled.
    My lasting impression is I cared for none of the characters who's lives seem to revolve around sex and confussion. Is this life in Hollywood?
    A tale of urban waste.
    Listen if you wish, he does read it well.

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    Julie Clarke 07-20-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Novella"

    I listened to this book in just two sittings. I loved Martin's story and his direct, deadpan delivery, which makes the bittersweet story funny and believable. I can't wait to watch the movie.

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