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Listening to Steve Martin read his own work on this audiobook brings a depth to it that it might lack on the written page. Don't listen to this for it's tight, intricate plot or you will be disappointed. Instead, listen to it for the way it draws you into the main character's mind. There is a rhythm and logic to the way he reasons things out that is compelling. You grow to genuinely like this man and care what happens to him. I laughed aloud on at least three occasions while I was listening to this book - something I rarely do when I am alone.
33 of 33 people found this review helpful
I can't put my finger on it, but Martins style reminds me a lot of Douglas Copeland (GenX, Shampoo Planet, Microserfs). I read the reviews before purchasing it and had more than a few misgivings, but decided to purchase it anyway.
It's better than Shopgirl. He's managed to put in more (perhaps predictable) plot twists to speed up the book. It isn't the Steve Martin that we watched in The Jerk or SNL, but it's different and it's good. Martin has ripened, matured and cut down on drugs since his older books (Cruel Shoes) where he waxed on about the Indian Giftgiving Magi and is standing at a different place with deeper characters(but if you like the old stuff try to find a copy of Cruel Shoes and you won't be dissapointed). Martin can build a great neurotic character you can't help but love. Daniel Pecan Cambridge swirling in his over controlled world that is sliding into a happy chaos is one such character. If you liked As Good As It Gets, Shopgirl or Woody Allen you'll probably love this. Try it, you'll like it.
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Would you listen to The Pleasure of My Company again? Why?
yes! just did not want it to end!
Who was your favorite character and why?
loved them all
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
enjoyed it very much laughed a lot
Any additional comments?
brilliant would recommend
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Enjoyed this book very much, actually have listened to it many times. Martin is sophisticated and clear reader, and no one could do better job reading this story, which is quirky, human and intelligent at the same time. The characters are observed in a way like someone would watch You and point out the idiotic habits or manners You might have yourself without knowing it until that someone else questions them. Especially this feature spices the listening experience with sudden hilarious outbursts of laughter to human nature while the story goes on in an atmosphere of a mellow summer breeze. Every time leaves me in a good mood.
I loved the story. It made me laugh. The only thing I didn't like was the woman singing inbetween the narration. I found her irritating. But she had nothing to do with the story. Not that I know of anyway.