An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
One of my favorite books of all time, this book is an absolute classic. Makes me wonder what would have happened if Snowball (Trotsky) had been put in charge instead of Napoleon (A.K.A. Stalin).?.
When it comes to audiobooks, literature is okay. Self help, educational and history books are great BUT nothing beats comedy! And overall, this book was super funny. Felt just like I was there at a comedy show. Warning: listening to this by yourself with the head phones on may make you look a little strange as everyone will look at you and wonder what the heck are you laughing at. It gives a new means to LOL!
Tosh is hilarious. I love his show and I now love this audiobook, which wasn’t actually a book but was the audio recorded version of his stand-up comedy. Loved his take on baseball being a racist pastime and on the founding fathers. Very funny stuff. My only issue was that the book was too short.
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.