I enjoyed the book. However, upon looking back to when I purchased it and reading the customer reviews, I realize how hugely unhelpful those reviews were. Some of them, both the negative and the positive ones, I have to wonder if these readers had listened to the same book. I found none of the elements in which they either complained or gave commendation.
The book is simply a very enjoyable collection of essays on day-to-day living through the eyes and perception of Mr. Sedaris. His vocal delivery is part of the fun. And, as a former smoker, I found the latter portion of the book incredibly well written and organized as to follow the struggles of quitting. I could empathize and laugh at behaviors that I, myself, had engaged in while in the process of quitting.
Rarely do I actually laugh out loud while reading or listening to a book. This guy made me laugh. He is brilliant.
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
What a joy, I am only half way through this and have ordered others by the author. These stories are funny, touching, realistic, dark…yeah; all around good stuff. Mr. Sedaris’ writing, voice and narration are sublime, highly recommended.
Subpar by Sedaris' standards but still above average. I felt that it flowed less than most of his works, and the inclusion of certain live readings distracted from the overall cohesion. The book did become funnier as it progressed, so stick with it if you're struggling to get through the first few.
My husband has been a fan of David Sedaris for many years, but I was not familiar with his work until I saw his interview for this book on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I am so glad I bought it and I really believe this is an instance when an audiobook is the best medium for the work. David Sedaris is a wonderful writer, but his performance and presentation make good writing even better. This is a storyteller I can listen to for hours.
I don’t know what it is about Sedaris’ writing, but I’ve decided I want to pitch a tent in his frontal lobe and live the rest of my days as a disciple of his neuroses. “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” is another wicked collection of short stories that at times had me laughing to the point of broken capillaries. When I read the anecdote about his experience buying pot from a redneck living in a double wide with a girlfriend who referred to the remote control by the n-word, I thought my head was going to explode.
Now, to be fair, this book is not all comedy. In fact, of the books of his that I’ve read I would consider this one to be the most reflective, if not downright serious at times. The last chapters read far more like a journal than a hysterical composition of outrageous yarns. But on the whole I loved this volume and I continue to ADORE Sedaris. In a perfect world, he and his life partner, Hugh would open the antique doors of their country home in Normandy and say, “Welcome home, Tori. David here has sobered up but you’re welcome to live with us and deplete his old stashes of drugs, cigarettes and liquor.”
Having never read anything by David Sedaris, I had no idea what to expect. This book is a collection of short stories, and I thought it was the perfect format for an Audible podcast. With that being said, the stories themselves were absolutely hilarious. If you don't think this book is funny something is seriously wrong with you! I will definitely read another book by Sedaris soon.
David Sedaris is what I call smart-funny. His stories are often about nothing much, but somehow you are wiser, and enriched after hearing them, and, were laughing hysterically the whole time. Just adore him.
A perfect audio book. Sedaris is hilarious, and his narrations make his writing even better. Especially good are some of the tracks that he performs before audiences. Just be wary of listening in a public place; you'll probably laugh and look like an idiot. :)