This author is as funny as hearing about the sexual exploitation of young boys in the Catholic church. I found this sick and distressing not funny. This sick writing should be under an Adult section. We listened to this as a family book on tape on a long trip and I became distress and angry with this audiobook being presented as humor.
I've found Mr. Sedaris's segments from THIS AMERICAN LIFE quite funny. Based on those stories, I purchased DRESS YOUR FAMILY. Boy, was I in for a surprise! The "fun" in Mr. Sedaris's stories has now been replaced with mean-spirited portrayals of family life and adult interpretations of the homosexual leanings of a 12 year-old. Basically, this is apparently a publication by the spirit of a pissed-off, 12 year-old gay kid. "Family listening" isn't the category for this work. Look under "sarcastic gay dark humor".
I agree that the audio quality is poor on this audiobook as mentioned before and it somewhat detracted from my enjoyment of it. It sounds like it was recorded on a cassette and the playback has a lot of machine noise. I still enjoyed the naratives; however, I thought "Flames" was better.
Perhaps the success of his previous books made someone think that his fans would enjoy his sardonic tales of growing up gay in a very disfunctional family. What I hoped would be wry observations come across as detatched and bored, or even self-pitying. Try his other books.
I have read David Sedaris' work and this is my first experience with one of his audible titles. It is absolutly hilarious. Much more enjoyable than reading alone. The impression of his brother Paul is priceless. I laughed until I cried; literally. He is very open about his feelings as a gay man and I gained a new appreciation for some of the predicaments of his lifestyle. Great audio book. I'm planning on downloading some of his other work that I've already read to get the impressions of his siblings.
The random, humorous thoughts of a pretentious gay person. It's disappointing that there isn't some depth and insight about something or anything. I did enjoy the book though after done, it leaves you with nothing.
This book is kind of funny. I'm not sure I would give as much praise as this book seems to get. The thing that killed it for me is the reader. His voice is the kind that I can't listen to for any lengh of time. Make sure you listen to the sample first. If the reader/author's voice doesn't get on your nerves you might like it. I never finished it.
This book was advertised as being humorous, but I found it to be a bleak look into a dysfunctional family and not humorous at all. After about 1 hour of listening I gave up.
Say something about yourself!
Since i still have my hands, david is fresh out of childhood stories. he has moved on in his other books. get all of them, you owe it to yourself. I should see if amy has written anything? I didnt know Ira glass and philip glass where brothers? it makes since? how bout mom and dad glass, they must be so proud?!