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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Martin Narrator: Steve Martin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 1998 ISBN: 9780743563819
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Steve Martin’s talent has always defied definition: an actor who’s kept us riveted for over 25 years, a razor-sharp screenwriter, an acclaimed playwright. In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Martin’s gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of The New Yorker magazine already know: that Martin is a master of the written word.

Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, the audiobook’s pieces, some of which first appeared in The New Yorker, feature Martin at his finest.

With a playwright’s ear for dialogue, a sense of irony only Steve Martin could muster, and a first-class comic ability to perfectly time the punchline, Pure Drivel will have listeners crying with laughter, and marveling at the fact that in addition to all of his many talents, Steve Martin is also a superb writer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Martin’s brilliant, juxtaposed wordplay, sly commentary, and hilarious observations are delivered with such a droll wit that only a dead person will avoid unabashed laughter.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Anyone who has seen Martin perform will find the comic’s delivery entertainingly familiar.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Often ingenious.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Martin expresses his intelligent, innovative, and self-conscious humor in many forms, including the written word.”  

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Neal Reilly | 2/17/2014

    " Steve Martin has been making me laugh as long as I can remember and he hasn't lost it. The humor in this book is a bit more intellectual than some of his earlier stuff, but he hasn't lost the wild-and-crazy-guy wackiness that still runs under even his bits about grammar, fonts, and Mensa. I also recently listened to (I listened to this one on tape with Steve Martin reading) George Carlin's latest, which made me appreciate even more how hard it is to stay fresh for so long, but Steve Martin has been able to do it (George Carlin hasn't). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jon Cox | 2/10/2014

    " Don't waste your time. The title is supposed to be funny and let the reader know that there isn't supposed to be anything serious or anything even tied to reality in the book. But still, it was really just drivel. It's a lot like Woody Allen's book The Insanity Defense. Again, don't waste your time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ken | 2/7/2014

    " Aptly titled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikematera | 2/5/2014

    " Brilliant. Very much in the vein of early Woody Allen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Cole | 2/3/2014

    " I own this audiobook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimeelou | 1/30/2014

    " Exquisitely smart. I laughed out loud. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frederick Gault | 1/27/2014

    " The title pretty much nails it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/27/2014

    " I love the way Steve Martin's mind works. This collection of his essays reassured me that my mind is just fine in its own skewed functioning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JR | 1/22/2014

    " Funny as hell!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 1/16/2014

    " I borrowed this from my brother in law about six months ago and am feeling horribly guilty I have kept it for so long. I finally sat down and read this today. Classic Steve Martin and truly drivel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/13/2014

    " Pure drivel. Debauched genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wes | 1/12/2014

    " exactly what is advertised. enjoy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devon | 12/23/2013

    " I like Steve Martin's comedy and I've enjoyed his novels, but this book didn't do it for me. I just didn't find it very funny or even interesting. I didn't even read the last couple of essays, and I rarely quit a book before the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinne | 12/13/2013

    " Eh...at times funny. At times not at all funny (but trying to be). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audra | 12/11/2013

    " This is a funny read. Steve Martin is one of my favorite authors. He is a Renaissance man with his comedy, acting, and writing. My favorite blurbs were Writing Is Easy and Dear Amanda. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.K. Nicholas | 11/10/2013

    " This book is the funniest half hour or so you could possibly spend. The book is only 100 pages long. I read it on an airplane to pass the time and had to stop because I laughed so loud it was exceedingly conspicuous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 9/30/2013

    " Some people told me that they found it to be annoying. I, on the contrary, rather enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andre | 9/27/2013

    " It sort of funny but only because you know it's from Steve Martin !?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 9/1/2013

    " Very funny, as Steve Martin always is! Each goofy story is just a few pages so this is a great book for those who like a ite-size read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 8/14/2013

    " Steve Martin ranges from the insane to the bizarre to completely touching, in still an odd sort of way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quoc nguyen | 8/4/2013

    " So, so, so good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 7/29/2013

    " Not one of his better works. I giggled a couple of times, but not much more than that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 10/24/2012

    " Crafty, modern humor for literate readers, laced with knowing, coastal cultural references and empathetic character sketches. Four-and-a-half stars, actually. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 L | 9/1/2012

    " With a few small exceptions, this was pure doody. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Felicia | 4/6/2012

    " Quite clever, and I have always appreciated Martin's dry wit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dave | 4/1/2012

    " I was so disappointed in this book. There's only one or two funny passages in the entire text. Other than that it's not worth the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 2/23/2012

    " I lurve this book! It is so perfectly silly and smart. I make everybody I know (and like) read it. Each time I read it, I cry and convulse with laughter. I bought the audio book but found that I like the way it sounds in my head better. Read it, I say unto you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/5/2012

    " This book is funny! But, then again, I love Steve Martin. My favorite bit is "Sledgehammer." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myra | 9/30/2011

    " what an incredibly talented writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/21/2011

    " I started out laughing out loud, but I think this book is better enjoyed in chunks, not read through all at once! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/21/2011

    " Its poignancy can easily surprise you when it peeks out between laughs. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Warren | 4/13/2011

    " Pure drivel... What else is there to say? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 3/27/2011

    " Steve Martin truly is a master of comedy in any medium. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kjersten | 3/19/2011

    " I pick this up any time I need a laugh or don't have anything to read. this book is great for sharing aloud or laughing in bursts of hysteria to oneself.The times new roman is running out of periods is not only hilarious but an amazing grammatical and punctuational piece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 3/19/2011

    " Pure Drivel is true to it's title. But it's funny, insightful, wacky, and clever drivel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqulyn | 3/15/2011

    " Super quick read of tiny little nonsensical short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harley | 3/13/2011

    " These essays are the kind of thing I expect from Steve Martin. Too good! They pair wit with slapstick in a way that can only be read fervor through the night by candle light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvensong | 3/13/2011

    " Great fun! Several of the essays had me laughing out loud. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/7/2011

    " Some of the stories prompted much laughter, others were, well, dilluted drivel. 2.5 since I enjoyed some of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina | 1/26/2011

    " Most of these were really funny but a bit much if read all together. "

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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.