Santa Monica based photographer, audiblephile, and relaxation enthusiast.
I would absolutely listen to Me Talk Pretty again, and probably will in the near future. David's writings are so full of wit and irony and subtle commentary (some not as subtle) that it would be impossible to digest in one listen. His delivery is superb and the stories are all so original and intimate and raw that I couldn't stop myself from sitting in the driveway to finish just one more chapter.
I thoroughly enjoyed the stories about David's sister. His stories about her always had a certain loving quality that stood out to me, and gave a strong sense of genuine love and adornment that you can't simply say. I particularly enjoyed the story about her wearing the fat suit home for the weekend, which is a great story is great on it's own but the way David tells it really brings life to the moment and creates the perfect imagery throughout.
I really appreciated the combination of live and studio recorded stories. The live stories have a bit more of a playful element to them, allowing David to break from reading to laugh or chuckle which created more intimacy. David also has a great understanding of how to deliver the story to get the most out of it, adding pauses or fluctuations etc. to really highlight what he is saying.
David has a fun and interesting way of telling stories. I bought this audio book this year and have listened to it twice already. I'm going to have to get more of his work. What a talent!
I love David Sedaris, his stories have me laughing out loud at work. I recommend his books to everyone who needs a smile or just likes to. I also recommend seeing him live!! My husband and I see him every time he's in town. He's very interesting in person too if you have time to get your book signed.
David is an author who continues to surpass expectations with his wit and brilliant word play. He has the ability to remind you I everyone you have ever met and everyone you would like to meet. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a good laugh.
Big Sedaris fan, and this may have been the funniest one that I have read! It should come with a warning about listening and driving. Highly recommended.
This is a work of audio art. I don't agree that it's that funny but maybe that is because it mirrors my own life and I can just enjoy the moments on a personal level. That is not to say that the moments are not great and worth the listen. Bill Bryson fans will not like this book.
Love to read. Been in a book club for 17 years and this helps keep me up on my reading.
The story of David taking a French class and trying to explain the meaning of Easter to a Middle Eastern story made me laugh so hard I had to pull over while driving.
Let's Talk About Owls with Diabetes
After listening to each chapter I thought- "that was my favorite"- and then I heard the another new favorite.
Tears of laughter streamed down my face!
Maybe in print, not on audible...credits are too precious
I have only listened to the first few chapters, so maybe I am not giving it a proper chance. I just can't bring myself to continue listening. It's dull and just not what I expected.
No. The reason that I purchased this audio book was due to the reviews that stated how FUNNY this book is. It is NOT. While there are certainly several funny sections, the majority of this book is tragic. I spent much of the time just WAITING to start laughing hysterically - as a few other reviews indicated. I have a very good sense of humor, and laugh easily, but so much of this content left a knot in my stomach. I did, however, feel a sense of compassion for the author, as he went thrtough some very difficult times during his younger years in a very dysfunctional family. The best parts are the audio sections where he is reading to a live audience.
We love all David Sedaris books, listen this one after Naked and it fills in the wonderful upbringing and life of a wonderfully insightful, odd and funny family producing one of my favorite authors.