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I have to admit, I have never been a big fan of Penn (or Teller for that matter) but I listened to his first book and loved it and so, I decided to listen to this title and LOVED this even more. Penn is very smart and he is simply hilarious. Also, as a narrator he does an excellent job reciting his own work. Aside from the humor, there’s actually a great deal of truth in what he preaches and his inclusion of George Carlin, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins helps the credibility in that. In addition, the parts about his parents’ death were very touching and emotional while some parts of the book may be considered a little raunchy for some. Even still, overall I thought this was a great listen and without a doubt, I will definitely be recommending this title to all of my friends!
Great book, very funny and yet, very truthful and educational – even from a guys’ perspective, especially if that guy has a daughter in their late teens like I do. Well written and loved the narrator too. Also loved the comments on how adults never have vacation because you are doing twice the amount of work before and after while stressing about it during. So relatable!
I’ve already purchased the hard copy version as well and can’t wait to recommend the book to my 18 year old daughter!
My previous experience with David Sedaris' work was When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and after a few months my memory of it was that it was good. After having spent some time on other types of books, I was ready for a few laughs and thought I'd try another of David Sedaris' books.
In this book he again related his personal experiences, most of which were filled with angst. I didn't get to smile or laugh much during this audio book because the stories weren't funny, but they were great 'human experience' stories.
A few were disturbing and I couldn't relate to them because of certain belief systems I am currently operating under. I had a knot in my gut while listening to him recall the teenage boy slumber party with strip poker where another teenage boy had to sit on his lap naked. Or his recollections of panhandling as a teen in order to buy things. And, the story of the elevator ride with the young boy was too long and again full of angst.
So, the stories are great, but maybe not for everyone. And, this is certainly not one to buy if you are looking for cheerful and funny comedy to lighten your heart.
For that I would recommend some of Patrick McManus' story telling. Even though I have no interest in hunting or fishing, his stories are funny and clean and leave me with a positive feeling. After listening to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, I didn't feel clean or happy or lightened, just the opposite.