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3.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 5 3.24 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Martin Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781607886136
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Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York City 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, as well as of the country, from the late 1990s through today. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Martin compresses the wild and crazy end of the millennium and finds in this piercing novel a sardonic morality tale.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A character study, a light mystery, and an entertaining look at a world that few people see up close.”  

    Audiofile

  • “Thoroughly engaging.” 

    Booklist

  • “An artfully told tale.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the December 2010 Indie Next List
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Kovach | 2/14/2014

    " An interesting look at the rise and fall of America and, specifically, New York over the last 25 years or so, as seen through the eyes (indirectly) of a self-absorbed socialite and art expert, Lacey Yager. Well and concisely written, though I had a hard time feeling any empathy for any of the characters in the story, save perhaps for the narrator. But I think maybe that was one point of the book. It gives the art scene an air of something I'd always assumed it was: a farce. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 2/11/2014

    " With a touch of Gatsby, this was an introduction to the world of art and collecting. Very interesting. Steve Martin is a special talent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 2/10/2014

    " Love Steve Martin. this wasn't his best, but deffinately worth readiing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maura | 2/2/2014

    " I picked this up before getting on a plane and read 2/3 of it. I used to work in art galleries and so I think this book would appeal most to folks who have "a thing" for art, even if you don't own anything "valuable." But by the time the plane landed, there wasn't one character in the book that I cared a wit about. I totally lost interest and am unable to finish it. I do very much like Martin's style of writing but the character development was just 'meh'..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 1/28/2014

    " I really loved this book, although it's not a great one, and not one I'd recommend to many people. If you love art - really love it - then read this book. If you want a good novel, I have tons of others I'd recommend. I loved the subject matter and how the New York art scene was described. And I loved that the art was not only described, but photographs were included. I don't think there are many novels where works by Warhol, Picasso and Richard Serra are pictures. On the con side, I thought that other than Lacey and Daniel, the characters seemed a little flat, and the (gratuitous) sex scenes came across as less part of the story and more Steve Martin being a little lonely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jules | 1/20/2014

    " I love how astute Steve Martin is, especially when it comes to his observations about human nature/character. The way he builds his phrases, it just seems so effortless (and so you know it really wasn't). I did have a bit of a "Moffat!!" moment (and if you're a Whovian or Sherlockian, you'll understand that reference) at the very end. No spoilers, but a bit of fist shaking did ensue :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allie | 1/3/2014

    " An enjoyable read. I learned a bit about the world of art, which I am completely in the dark about. I was pleasantly surprised by Steve Martin's writing skills. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vmarceny | 1/3/2014

    " A mix of narrative and history of the world of art collection. Melancholy, interesting. Meh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Miner | 12/7/2013

    " Great book! Others, not as interested in art history, would probably be less interested. I would give this one a 4.5 if I had the option, just because I am the type that likes to be moved by a book. Very intellectually stimulating though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Francine | 10/23/2013

    " Detested this book. Enough said! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catharine | 9/11/2013

    " Loved this book. (Also loved Martin's memoir Born Standing Up.) The close observation of the art scene, a subject I find fascinating, was wonderful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 8/30/2013

    " Almost no plot, a main character who's a pretty despicable, and waaaaay too much technical info on modern art. A book club book that for me was a real snooze. I do have to say, though, that Steve Martin has a nice way of putting words together. I like his writing, just didn't like this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 jess | 6/1/2013

    " I will admit to not even finishing this book. I got about halfway through, all the while forcing myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 2/28/2013

    " ok in terms of learning about the art world; didn't like the main character. worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 12/31/2012

    " An insider's look into the sub-culture that is the art world. Not too fond of Martin's style of writing but it kept my interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah-eve | 10/10/2012

    " Though I enjoyed the art thumbnails throughout the book and learning a bit more about the art world, I did not care for the writing style and found it too slow-paced for my liking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fricka | 5/9/2012

    " 3 1/2. Would definitely read more by Martin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxie Tucker | 1/21/2012

    " A fun read. Steve Martin made the art world very real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Miller | 12/24/2011

    " Qui socially and quasi suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiff | 6/27/2011

    " On top of wanting to read / watch Shopgirl, this was a really cool book. Very full of observational humor. Steve Martin's a very surprising writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyla | 6/1/2011

    " His light, readable style + a discussion of art and economy of art + full-color plates = very enjoyable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 5/31/2011

    " Interesting fiction introducing the art world and the intrigue of buying and evaluating art against the backdrop of an ambitious New York woman. Nice observations about various works and contrasting contemporary art vs. masters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 5/30/2011

    " fun light read. Not completely filled in story but mostly very enjoyable, especially if you're an artist. They even had photos of the famous painting referenced in the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 5/28/2011

    " Once again, Martin paints a picture with words that all who see it will talk about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 5/26/2011

    " Interesting, learned a lot about the art world. A little slow at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/25/2011

    " I appreciated thw world of art and the intrigue involved. The society reminded me of the Price She Paid, but 150 years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia | 5/23/2011

    " I was truly surprised by this book. I read Born Standing up but this is a fiction novel, and a damn good one at that. It kept my attention but the real treat was the characters. Steve Martin did a wonderful job of developing interesting characters. Great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 5/21/2011

    " Interesting book about art dealing in NYC. Interesting reveal later in the book. Great photos of referenced art work thoughout the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/21/2011

    " A highly savory treat. I enjoy Martin as a performer, but his written voice here is refreshing and unexpected, based on my previous impressions of him as actor/comedian. Intelligent, interesting writing. "

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About the Author
Author Steve Martin

Steve Martin is a legendary writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the BrideParenthoodThe Spanish Prisoner, and Bringing Down the House, as well as RoxanneL.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He’s won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl, which was made into a movie.

About the Narrator

Campbell Scott has, in addition to his numerous stage and film credits, narrated more than forty audiobooks, including This Boy’s Life and Into Thin Air.