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The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin [Kindle Edition]

Steve Martin
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

With over 2.2 million followers (a number growing by the day), and a now famously uncanny ability to pack 140 characters with a maximum amount of humor and wit, Steve Martin has defined what it means to be a celebrity in today's world of social media. Martin's tweets have been covered by personal blogs, major news outlets, and everything in between, and this collection brings his funniest, most memorable messages--and hilarious responses from followers--together for avid followers and offline fans alike.

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About the Author

Steve Martin is a legendary writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood, The Spanish Prisoner, and Bringing Down the House, as well as Roxanne, L.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. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Product Details

  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064C32XK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Please note; this review is based on the Kindle edition of the book.

I've always admired Steve Martin for his willingness to experiment - and not only with different forms of humor onstage. In films and books, he has tackled comedy, often focused on existential and philosophical issues...or random musings that seem ad libbed. I've always gone out of my way to catch a Martin performance, read one of his books, or stay up to watch him interviewed on late night television. I like his unpredictability and wilingness to take chances.

So as soon as I heard about his latest book, I pre- ordered it. I was intrigued. I just wish I liked it enough to give it a 5 star review. Unfortunately, I don't.

As Martin notes in the book, he first started tweeting for self- promotion. But his interest in that faltered and he decided to experiment with Twitter's possibilities. As of this review's publication date, Martin has nearly 2,300,000 followers. This book contains a small collection ( the book is around 121 pages) of both Martin's tweets as well as responses from fans.

A sample tweet: "Running low on Twitter feed. Going to store to get more." i got a kick out of that tweet. Based on the Kindle edition I read, there are approximately 1 to 3 tweets per page so this is a very quick read. For those who've followed Martin's Twitter page avidly some of the material may not be new. Some will even find their tweets in the book, although a fair number are listed anonymously.

I found the book itself to have some funny, creative, and even enigmatic moments but far too many pages had material that just fell flat. I enjoyed the Sing Alongs section where Martin would give the first line of a song and followers would suggest the rest of that line.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Funny - February 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I usually have a difficult time enjoying writings by comedians - they quickly become boring, sometimes even warped as well. Steve Martin's "The Ten, Make That Nine . . ." is well organized, and truly enjoyable from start to finish. And that includes his introductory explanation of how the book came about and is organized.

It's largely a collection of responses to his tweets, a few self-deprecating tweets that he sent out about himself, and a few mini-jokes as well.

Some samples: A purported GPS log of various embarrassing locations where his car was found parked. The disclosure that the baskets for basketball playoffs are not woven by Navajos. His finding that he couldn't lift his Kindle anymore after downloading 1,100 books onto it.

I really, really liked it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, just wish there were more of it! March 7, 2012
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Steve Martin is a brilliant humorist, and it's interesting to see him take on the challenge of delivering his brand of comedy within the limitations of the tweet format. Most of his tweets had me literally laughing out loud, and a few of the responses from his followers that are included are quite funny as well (though some of them aren't).

Here's a sample taken more or less at random:

"The Red Cross is a really good cause, but one billiard ball hitting another is a really good cause and effect."

"REPORT FROM JURY DUTY: Other jurors are stupid. They don't believe in 'hexes.' Plus, they want me to put my magazines away."

"Today is National Marijuana Day. A day, Wolf Blitzer is SO funny."

My only complaint is, for the price, it would be nice if the book had a bit more content. It's small and thin, somewhere in between one of those little gift books and a regular trade paperback and only a hundred pages with maybe about two or three tweets per page. So the list price is perhaps a bit steep for what's basically a glorified gift book, even if it is by Steve Martin. But if you're a Steve Martin fan like I am, it's worth it, especially if you can pick it up on sale like I did here. :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am now going to make a Twitter account!! April 14, 2012
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So, before reading this book I felt as though I would never start a Twitter account and that I had no desire to start one. But after reading this book I want to join Twitter just to follow my favorite comedians, including Steve Martin!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious May 2, 2013
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Great, quick read that will have you laughing for sure. Cheered me up after stressful days and had me suppressing laughter on my morning commute on public transit. Definitely worth it. While they may just be tweets, it is curated in a way has brief narratives and isn't just a list of Steve Martin's twitter feed. I must say the overall design and illustrations add to the experience as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a very short book of tweets from Steve Martin with numerous replies from his followers. Most of the tweets are funny, though a few of the plotlines (for lack of a better term) are only modestly amusing. The book provides insight into the strange comic thought processes of this great comedian, and sells his humor both to his old fans and a newer tech-savvy audience, both of which respond enthusiastically with their own tweets (which are occasionally funnier than the Martin tweets they are replying to.)

The book is expensive, considering that I read it cover to cover in less than 30 minutes (but I take some solace in the fact that part of the proceeds go to charity.) It may not be a great value proposition but it is funny. To illustrate the variety of Martin's delightfully deranged sense of humor, I will close with a few random samples:

"At 6pm PST, starting overnight caviar on toast-points fast, giving up capers and diced hard-boiled egg yolk condiments."

"Like in The Da Vinci Code, today's tweets will contain secret, hidden [YO MAMA] messages for you to try and discover."

"Another secret message is hidden in this [BANANAS ARE HIGH IN POTASSIUM] tweet."

"Idiotic scalpers in Lexington, KY have tickets for my banjo show at $635. I suggest you stick photo of me on broom handle, play record."

Steve's still got it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique coffee table book.
hysterical. Steve Martin wrote a unique 'book' based on a unique idea.
Published 6 days ago by Gary Pelled
5.0 out of 5 stars The one and only Steve Martin does it again....
The one and only Steve Martin does it again! Aside from his stand-up career, film roles, and TV appearances, I've been a fan of Mr. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mike Kimmel
5.0 out of 5 stars New Genre for the Grand Master
Of course, Steve Martin is known as comic, a magician and an accomplished musician. Now add to that "Social Media Twitter-type Guy". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bookhog
5.0 out of 5 stars be prepared to laugh out loud
There were a number of times I was reading the tweets and couldn't help but laugh out loud. I was reading this on my Kindle app at a restaurant and I'm sure the looks I got were... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Moell
4.0 out of 5 stars I guffawed and almost choked on my beer!
Short hilarious book by what turns out to be a pretty smart guy. You will read it in no time , but laugh for a long time. I guffawed and almost choked on my beer!
Published 4 months ago by Reg Nordman
5.0 out of 5 stars More laughs for the price than I've had in a while.
Very funny and the best bargain on Amazon. Great start for anyone looking to start with Kindle books.
Published 5 months ago by John K
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY short but very funny.
This is a living comedy legend we're talking about here, and some of the proceeds go to charity. What's not to like? Read more
Published 6 months ago by C Lato
3.0 out of 5 stars good, short read
I'm still not organized, but it was a good diversion from trying to be organized. Worth a read on the Kindle.
Published 8 months ago by shedragon713
1.0 out of 5 stars As Steve once said " I get paid for doing this"
You can read this book in 10 minutes - Not a good value!
I thought he would share tips for his genius - but it was unfortunately his genius for a ripoff
Published 8 months ago by David P Rosenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Give yourself a break, and read this!
S. M., comic genius. What a talent. Humble, soft, & gentle, not in your face self-deprecating humorous, laugh out loud, funny man. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jen Weix
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