I enjoyed listening to Sedaris reading his own book. Hearing his voice makes the experience very personal; especially in the beginning of the book.
The collection of stories were hilarious. He has an extraordinary ability to is able to make both the ordinary and the painful funny. Who knew learning french could be so funny? His off beat take on life is both entertaining and thought provoking. Not sure why I was surprized that he had such a dark and colorful past.
Two things really struck me. His ability to avoid words with the letter at such an early age. And at the end of his speech lessons. His realization that the "teacher" had tricked him and was really just mean.
The rythm of the stories is better. He gives the right pace to the stories, pausing at unexpected points. And of course his tone, he is able to convey the sarcasm or attitude of the various characters.
Guess I just don't have a David Sedaris funny bone.
An action adventure.
Whinny and nerdy.
A few laughs, but it got old. I actually loved the live performances!
Some stories were fantastic and real with sorrow, humor and honesty. His humor is different. Wanted to give him a try. May finish the read/listen eventually.
Laugh out loud funny. I had a hard time getting into the book years ago, but took a chance on the audio. Hear the author read the book makes it!
I identify with misfits, and this story is about an extreme misfit.
This audio book wouldn't have been as good had the author not narrated it himself. David Sedaris knows the exact speech nuances he is describing in his book, and he perfectly acts them out.
I was initially bothered because the book is a collection of short narratives rather than a full-length novel. I got over that fast. I listened to this book while at the gym; there were times I laughed so much I had to put the weights down.
Loved them both. I will reread this book and will always keep it in my collection.
David of course. He is so hilarious and self effacing. I love his wit, charm and sarcasm.
His personality really comes through in his narration although reading the book is really just as good. Take your pick.
I laughed and cried and told the stories to anyone that was in earshot as I finished them. I of course don't do them justice but can't help myself.
Love David Sedaris!
This audiobook was the first David Sedaris work I'd read/heard. Count me in as a new fan. Sedaris' witty and biting commentary made me laugh out loud frequently. Purchase with caution: it took me a few chapters to settle into Sedaris' unique style and personality. Some may find it off-putting, but I loved it.
I would like to read the book, my sister in law read me a passage that I had forgotten and we both howled with laughter. Her reading was much more fun than David's!
Have someone else read it, but keep the live on stage sequences.
"Me Talk Pretty One Day" is hilarious, poignant, and absurd, and Sedaris is, as always, a stellar narrator. I absolutely loved it. I subtracted one star overall, because my favorite story form the book, "You Can't Kill the Rooster" was abridged out of it. Bummer. I would so love to hear David Sedaris read that one.