I've been a big fan of David Sedaris for quite some time. I find him insightful and quirky and down right funny. This book offers more of the same, but it got to the point of too much information too many times.
He's drifted from quirky to creepy, and I stopped listening about half way through.
I loved him in the old days, but now he's a shadow of himself. David: Find something to do. Some people write well about nothing, but you come across as self-absorbed and narrow. If you were in prison, I'd get it. That's a theme, and your narrowness would be understandable. In the beginning, you had your family and work as an elf. Now you have nothing but your big income. Wow. Do you read anything, see anything, think about anything in the world besides yourself? Not funny anymore. I feel ripped off for buying this.
I usually love David Sedaris and have most of his stuff on audio, but this book was a disappointment for me. Sedaris always has pretention on a low boil in his writing, but this book really pushed past the point of being palatable.
This is, hands down, the worst book I have ever read. I did not laugh one time, not even a chuckle. I had to muscle my way through so I did not feel like I wasted my $14.95 credit. His earlier books may have been masterpieces, but this was a master piece of crap, don't waste your credit, and for the love of god, ignore the people that gave this book a good review because they liked his earlier works!
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It's sad, really, David Sedaris has lost his talent. I've enjoyed his works in the past but now he has just resorted to weird, mundane, and gross drivel. I made it about halfway through before I finally gave up.
I am an avid reader and enjoy a variety of genres from sci fi, to thrillers to romance. I got half way through the 3rd CD of this book and couldn't take anymore. I am not a prudish reader and have read many books I would consider somewhat crude but at least had enough redeeming qualities to finish. I found this book DISGUSTING and pointless and I don't think the author's voice helped any. I know Mr. Sedaris has a significant following but if this is typical of his work, I do not get it. However, to each his own. Of all the books I have downloaded, and there have been many, this is the first review I felt compelled to write. At least take a listen before you purchase.
When listening to this book, and hearing how he and his friends hate Republicans, it made me feel sick and enraged to have spent money on this book. What if he had said the same thing about any other group of people, would it be accepted as funny? What if he had said the same thing about Blacks, Arabs, women or Jews? There is no place for this "humor" in a book that is not advertised as a political piece when he mocks half the population of the United States of America. I certainly would not have bought it if I had known.
I became engulfed in flames Listening to this involved, manic depresent. If this guy writes another book. it should be read to a croud of drunks in an underground Village bar.