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.
The book really wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I'm not blaming anyone but myself because I probably just made a quick decision on the purchase without researching it properly. It's mainly an autobiography. So if you really want to know about David Sedaris, this is your book. I will say that at times it was quite humorous. Mr. Sedaris's stand-up comedy which he places in the book from time to time is probably the best part. His speaking ability lends itself great to the stage but is rather to droll for the book. But again it could have just been the content of the book wasn't very appealing to me.
Mother and catlover
I would listen to it again. David Sedaris is always good for a laugh. His wry humor that respects no one and nothing is both fun and liberating.
Not only would I be willing to try another book by him, but I own as many as I have seen. He's a kick.
Probably not. In my opinion, his voice is annoying to listen to. It might be worth it if it were a little funnier.
Sure, maybe, if you're bored. It's vaguely entertaining, but really it's just one person's thoughts on random aspects of life. I guess after a certain number of books, people run out of things to talk about.
His performance was fine. I appreciated his use of southern accents when appropriate. His voice is just a little annoying and hard to get used to.
Oh god no.
There were parts of it that were good. My favorite parts were the stories about him living in France and Paris, and his French class.
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
Not so good the biography part but I crack up listening to the live stand up shows!