Sedaris is usually entertaining and is so here. Sometimes unexpectedly deep with an insight at an unanticipated moment, sometimes literally laugh out loud funny, and rarely out of bounds. I wish there was a way to simply enjoy his work without feeling unease as a result of what comes across as some pretty substantial unhappiness that seems to fuel his work.
This was a great book to listen to at work and on the road, and gave you a real feel for his life. He didn't embellish or leave out embarrassing truths we all feel at times.
The stories and wonderfully written and masterfully read by David Sedaris, but the transitional musical elements seemed so incredibly awkward most of the time. The poignancy of some of the stories are tainted by goofy, heavy handed music that fades in at the end and often doesn't seem to match the mood of the words. Still a great listen despite this.
David Sedaris is one of my favorite authors and narrorators. His books and essays are always a great mix of complex human emotion and experience. The only thing that caught me off guard is that I had already heard two of the stories from previous books, but that didn't stop me from listening to this book twice and loving it each time. Thanks for the hours on enjoyment, David!
I ❤️ Audiobooks!
David Sedaris has a wickedly dry sense of humor, and the fact that he is the one reading makes it SO much better. I laughed and laughed, and sometimes I thought "is he serious or is that a joke?"
I've listened to When You Are Engulfed In Flames and I like this book better. It's a great intro to the author and gives some context for his books.
I have never been a huge fan of the author. Already I'd skip his performances during This American Life. His voice, staccato, and intonation all irked me. (Sorry David)
This book was selected as part of my bookclub. It took all my courage but I decided to give it a chance. I think it is just not my style if humour, of writting, of stories.
Hopefully the rest of the readers in my bookclub will have a better experience with this book and author as I did.
Seriously not one I recommend nor will repeat.
Nobody reads David like David! His impersonations of his family are hilarious. I love his "YAWW"! I have listened to all of David's books several times over the years they still keep me in stitches.
I love the author's narration. If I read the book myself, it would be funny, but his cadence really makes it hilarious. I can't believe there are people aren't familiar with his work. They are missing out on a treasure.