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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:
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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.” 


  • “Often ingenious.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

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


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by Ken | 2/7/2014

    " Aptly titled. "

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

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

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