This is the first of his books that I have read, and I plan to read more. A few of the stories are live recordings, and they seem to be even funnier because something is added when he has an audience. The next I read will be live. This is great for us heterosexuals who love our homosexual brothers and sisters. It brings insight into that world.... the drama and the hilarity.
This book is so funny, I laughed out loud. David Sedaris reads stories about his family and his boyfriend. The stories are unrelated and I listened to this over a few weeks. Very funny.
This is the first audiobook that I?ve listened to twice back to back.
I love the humor. It?s a dry, sarcastic, witty really intellectual humor that?s incredibly entertaining. The author?s insights into in to common everyday things will make you laugh out loud.
I?ve vowed to read (or at least listen to) all his books!
I read "Me Talk Pretty One Day" a few years ago and continue to enjoy his columns in The New Yorker. Who knew one family could be so interesting? This book is excellent as well. It's a book I'll probably listen to at least once a year until he comes out with another one.
If you're offended by a naked Barbie Doll on the cover of the book, then you're probably not reading the reviews of this book anyway, but on the off chance you ARE reading this:
If you are easily offended then you will be turned off by parts of this book, it gets a bit graphic at times.
And I agree with several of the above posters, he sounds depressed reading it.
Although I don't think that this should be the first of your Sedaris experiences (it helps to listen/read his works in order of production) it is definately one of his best. David Sedaris creates works that cause you to dread their endings. Don't drink anything that you don't want spit across the room or up your nose when listening to him. Start with "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and go from there. Happy listening!
If you've never heard David Sedaris read one of his essays on This American Life or listened to one of his other books, you should know he is one of the most hilarious storytellers in America today. Given that, this book does not come close to the brilliance of Me Talk Pretty One Day or some of the pieces in Holidays on Ice. Sedaris is most enjoyable when reading before a live audience, as he feeds off the excitement of the crowd. For that reason, the Live at Carnegie Hall performance is a great place to start. For a non-live performance, Me Talk Pretty is the best. There are some gems here, but this is not his best work. Many of the stories simply made me sad, although I could still see humor in the way they are told.