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.
I bought this audiobook because I was looking for comedy. I have a somewhat sarcastic, sardonic edge. I read the reviews and it seemed to fit. I was thouroughly dissapointed. The author, also the narrator, is not only sarcastic and sardonic, but also extremely blanddddd.....and incredibly ongoinggggggggggggggg!!! Oh, and just as a side note, I didn't know he was gay! I listened to the book for a couple hours before I caught on. At first I thought it may have been a female narrator with a slightly throaty voice. Then I imagiend it was a "store bought" narrator. The realization that it was the actual author narrating the audiobook gave me a creepy feeling. "What the hell"? I tried to keep listening but, even a frugal as I am, I cannot listen to another bland,frustrated, unkind, uncaring, sarcastic, and even sardonic word from what I assume (for I still do not even know the author) little man that apparently has enough money to make people want to pay attention to his life.