No one makes me laugh like Sedaris (well, maybe Bill Cosby). He has tremendous insight into human nature and relates that insight in such a clever way through his stories. All of the essays in this collection are funny -- some more hysterical than others, but all are funny.
I really enjoy reading his New Yorker column, but it is very entertaining to hear him read his own work. Once you've listened to him and then read his work afterward, his voice rings in your head as you read -- love it!
A few of the essays are repeats, but I didn't mind hearing them again. Well worth the credit. I only wish that he was more prolific.
The material in this book is excellent as usual, but Sedaris as the narrator is much better performing live than he is in his monotone, low-energy, non-emotional reading of this book. At times I could not believe how non-engaging this book was, and I couldn't wait for certain stories that were inserted from live performances. Again, the material is classic Sedaris, but you may fall asleep several times as you struggle through much of this narration.
Listen to all his book samples, compare his live performances and ones on This American Life to this, and you'll see what I am talking about.
David Sedaris'collection of essays may not be, in subject matter, appreciated by everyone. His talented delivery and quirky take on life (from childhood, through several stages of personal development)do however make for amusing listening. Unfortunately, the author seems to be trying very hard to show us how clever he is. Though each anecdotal segment on its own is amusing, the work as a whole can be a little tedious. This is a great car selection -- 30 minutes here and there spread over an extended period.
David Sedaris is hilarious. His experiences growing up gay and obsessive compulsive in the South made me laugh out load. His childhod fantasy that he would some day grow up to be a cabaret star with an act consisting of his impression of Billy Holiday singing ads for local car dealerships was so insane that it made me howl and yet, I still believed it. And, amazingly, when he read the story of his music lessons, he sang the ads like Billy Holiday.
But behind the laughter is the reality and sadness that are often present in great comedy. Me Talk Pretty One Day is more than a collection of funny stories. It touches you. It makes you laugh, but you ache for this child whose elementary school thought it could "cure" his homosexuality with speech therapy.
I am no fan of abridged books. But hearing Mr. Sedaris read his own stories more than made up for anything I may have missed. And since he did the reading himself, I assume he collaborated on the process of cutting his work. This book gave me plenty of laughs on my way to work and, having heard this abridged version, I have put the book on my nightstand and plan to read it soon.
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
This book is a collection of essays by Sedaris mainly surrounding the topic of language and speech. The first story in the book is especially amazing. I honestly haven't laughed out loud to something like that in a while.
The author reads a hilarious account of his life. From lithping thchooldays, to hith thomewhat eccentic parentth and thiblings. Life in New York, to the French countryside and Parisian cinemas. Some of it is plain funny, some is funny-serious while much is laugh-out-loud stuff, so the folks sitting near you during your commute are going to give you some strange looks. A comparison with Woody Allen is valid, although David Sedaris is no mere clone. If you enjoy really good humour (and there's precious little of it on audio), don't hesitate!
If you are at all familiar with David Sedaris, then you know how funny he is. I think of him as a monolaugist more than a writer, so this presentation is perfect. Not a bad moment, and great insight. If you are looking for an entertaining diversion for a drive or commute, this is it.
You either get David, or you don't. I'd like to count myself amoungst the former. If you like his unique style, he's a singular treat.