• Steve Martin

  • The Magic Years
  • By: Morris Walker
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-25-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.1 (17 ratings)

Regular price: $19.57

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Publisher's Summary

This is no ordinary celebrity biography pieced together by an outsider. Steve Martin and author Morris Walker had a close relationship growing up. They were class clowns together, charming the girls and the teachers with their wit, and eventually going on the road as comedians. This personal account will introduce you to the Steve Martin you've never seen before: the 11-year-old, already performing near-perfect sleight-of-hand magic tricks; the 13-year-old, selling guidebooks at Disneyland; the 20-year-old, stretching his comedic wings as a vaudeville-style entertainer; and the 21-year-old Emmy Award-winning Hollywood whiz kid.
©1999 Morris Walker; (P)1999 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Irony and lilt in prudent doses are required for this book full of nostalgia and preposterous youthful frolicking. Whitener finds it, with a clear, distinct voice that produces an effortless listen." (AudioFile)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Katjandu on 03-06-08

What's the reasl reason?

I like Steve Martin, didn't see him until later in his career. I thought this book would give me a glimpse into his background. Instead it gave me a glimpse into Morris Walker. Morris kssps stating in the book how he isn't really interested in the wealth that Steve has earned but all he talks about is the amount of money Steve Martin makes.. sounds like sour grapes to me.

I think that Morris could have written a book about his young life with Steve and leave it at that, or maybe just his life and that he happened to have Steve as a childhood friend. Or even co-wrote one with Steve Martin.

After listening to this book, I wanted to know more about Morris and his wife, how they met, what they did as far as performers. That would have been much more interesting. It's obvious he loves her very much.

I guess I just don't know the reason Morris wrote this book, but I will encourage anyone to read Steve Martin's book: 'Born Standing Up'. I have really enjoyed Steve's other books here on Audible too.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Andrew W Reeher on 12-11-06

Time to cash in

While the book give some glimpse into Mr. Martin's more private personality, it is a bit like watching slides of someone elses summer vacation. The storys are those of a couple of kids told by a very average writer.

The narrative thread is eliusive and the exposition so slapdash that most storys left me hearing Walker say "I guess you had to be there". I wish I could have been.

The stories reveal far more about the authors motivations than they do the subjects. I couldn't help but sense that this was Mr. Walkers payday for having the good fortune to become friends with a terrific talent, whose privacy prevented even his closest friends to get to know what was going on in Mr. Martins young mind.

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