I cried from laughter when reading and listening to Sedaris' earlier books. Many parts of Engulfed are humorous in only the way Sedaris can tell a story. The second half was somewhat morose and sometimes downright depressing. But that's not totally bad because it shows the author continues to evolve by showing his inner self. Don't skip this one but don't expect to LOL.
I'm a big fan of Sederis and this book lives up to expectations although it's not as good as previous ones. That said, the last section, which is about his quest to quit smoking, is full of humor and very entertaining.
I thought this book was very funny. Although I did not enjoy every story, overall, the book was great. I can't imagine anyone else doing the narration.
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!