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Summary

In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Steve Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of The New Yorker already know: that Martin is a master of the written word. Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, these 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 Martin could muster, and a first-class comic ability to perfectly time the punch line, 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.
Don't miss Steve Martin, Christopher Buckley, and other humorists discussing their craft at the New Yorker Festival.
©1998 40 Share Productions, Inc. (P)1998 Simon & Schuster Audio, All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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"...humor raised to the abstract." (The New York Times)

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one of my favourites

hilarious. chuckles all the way. I revisit this again and again. Steve Martin is an original genius.

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absolutely witty and great

I thoroughly enjoyed this . it's incredible. surreally funny. witty. I strongly recommend this. please do listen

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  • Seth F.
  • 06-11-05

May be dangerous to people with stitches

This book is ths funniest thing written since Woody Allen's Without Feathers. It can make a good claim to be slightly funnier (though not as subtle) as The Hitchiker's Guide. Brilliant timing, inspired wordplay, new inventive comedic concepts, are all utilized to make this an unparalleled lethal combination of humourous innovations. BEWARE: Sid effects may include, laugh generated hernias, rapid humour induced tear expulsion, and peeing yourself. Do not stand on high tension power lines while listening to this audiobook.

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  • Michelle Bloyed
  • 28-01-17

This is one of my favorite audio books. Thank you.

This book and its author are at the pinnacle of "straight-faced" humour. I adore this audio book. Thank you, Mr. Martin, for bringing such brilliant frivolity into our lives.

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  • Edward
  • 11-12-11

only a few funny ones

Would you try another book from Steve Martin and/or Steve Martin?

yes

What do you think your next listen will be?

don't know

How did the narrator detract from the book?

not that funny in this one

What character would you cut from Pure Drivel?

don't know

Any additional comments?

would not recommend. The funniest one is the free one Dear Amanda.

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  • Laura
  • 15-01-07

Read as only Steve Martin Can

A laugh-out loud read by Steve Martin. Wonderful use of language and some sophisticated humor. The stories aren't all on the same level, but the book was enjoyable.

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  • Nadeshiko Pink
  • 04-05-17

What I hoped it would be.

There no false advertising with the title. This book humorous and brings me down to earth in a world filled with worry. It's fun, smart, and simple. I wish there were more books like this.

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  • Marielle
  • 15-01-15

Hysterically Funny

If you could sum up Pure Drivel in three words, what would they be?

Funny times Three

What did you like best about this story?

Steve Martin did the narraction

Which scene was your favorite?

He claimed that he sexually assaulted a sea turtle and was sorry.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I listened to it, it was SO FUNNY, that I listened to it again.

Any additional comments?

Everyone can use a laugh once in a while. This book will make you laugh.

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  • Mylie
  • 16-09-14

Not as good as I thought

What would have made Pure Drivel better?

Better stories

Has Pure Drivel turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not really

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steve Martin?

Steve Martin was fine.. It is his book

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

Only a few part were funny other wise not worth it

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  • 53Classic
  • 05-11-12

Not so much!

What would have made Pure Drivel better?

I was disappointed. I have always loved Steve Martin. This truly WAS drivel.

Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Martin again?

Not likely.

Any additional comments?

The 5 minute "first listen" was the only high spot in the whole book.

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  • Pat in VW
  • 29-11-11

Many parts are absolutely hysterical!

I must preface this review with the fact that the author and I seem to have the same sense of humor. I have read other reviews that say the book isn't funny, but I think you have to be dialed in to the point the author is making. Yes, there are chapters in the book that ended before the author did, but I'm willing to forgive these given the hilarity available elsewhere in the book. It is evident throughout the book that the author has the ability to recognize the ridiculous and laugh out loud at it. He takes this ability a step further by creating mundane scenes and expanding on them to the point of mocking humor. His reading of the book brings the humor to life in a way no other narrator could deliver. I have read most of this book several times and each reading brings more than mild chuckles.

Although most of the book is great, I will warn against: The Hundred Greatest Books That I've Read, Side Effects, I Love Loosely, Michael Jackson's Old Face. The first two are too long and drag a funny idea to the point of annoying. The next two are just not very funny. Maybe the comparison to the other chapters makes me feel this way, but I doubt it.

Some of the most hilarious chapters include: Dear Amanda, How I Joined Mensa, In Search of the Wily Filipino, Changes in the Memory after Fifty. The first two could have been written by the same person. After his letters to Amanda, Joey must have changed his name to Rod when he decided to join Mensa. I appreciate the jabs in the wily Filipino chapter as well as getting a laugh at the final destination. Maybe it's because I'm over fifty that the fourth chapter mentioned in this paragraph makes me laugh out loud. I really don't care why.

Overall, this book is more than worth reading. I own the paperback version of this book, but listening to the author read the book propels the book over the top for me! Pure Drivel takes some thought on your part. As long as you understand that this book is not passive I highly recommend you read it.

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  • Beth
  • 03-04-11

Really? Only 2 hours and 14 minutes?

Seemed longer.

I wanted to like it based on the excerpt from the book which was the free download for joining Audible.com. I thought that was wonderful.

The rest of the book -- not so much.

Very forgettable.

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