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.
Sedaris' funniest work on audio, period. I've got it on tape, unabridged, and was looking forward to transefering it to my iPod. So disappointing! This is really missing whole chunks of great stuff. If you're new to Sedaris, it's a good start, no doubt; but "Live at Carnegie Hall" is probably even better. I listened at work and had my head on my desk I was laughing so hard.
This is my favorite book by David Sedaris. It is funny, insightful and poignant.
As mentioned in the title of this review, the author's drab style of writing and narrating gets old about halfway through the book. At a certain point I felt like I was hearing the same story just in different settings with different characters over and over again.
No. I don't find his style entertaining anymore after this book.