I love David Sedaris, but I couldn't listen to this for more than a couple minutes. It is a live recording that is terrible quality-- sounds hissy-- and hearing the audience laughter is like watching a TV show with a laugh track.
David Sedaris is good at conveying comedy before a live audience, but not as much when straight reading. Maybe it's because there are laughter cues in the live audience, but also, the intonation and pauses are different. I didn't realize it was supposed to be funny until I hit those live audience parts. Until then, I just thought it was a story about someone a little odd. I want to go back and listen again because it became somewhat funnier once I realized that. Even so, the live audience parts were much funnier.
This self-narrated compilation of short stories hits a number of high marks (humorous, engaging, curious) and low (droll, tiring, solely self-gratifying). Worth it if you get the book on sale.
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
Yes, yes, yes! Because it is more socially acceptable than Prozac plus legal in all 50 States!
The author, David Sedaris. He has a way at looking at life which makes you either choke on your Cappuccino or weep at our history.
This is my first but it will not be my last.
My daughter recommended reading anything by David Sedaris. I am now looking for all of his books and when I am done there you will find me in France hanging out near his garbage looking for his 'scribblings and notes' as I will be in need of a Sedaris 'fix'!
I loved listening to David Sedaris on an episode of This American Life so I looked him up and found his collection of books. I really enjoyed the book until half way through when they switched to a pre-recorded part where he spoke to a live audience. I feel it should be advertised that there was a live audience present in the background. I wanted to listen to a book- not a comedy show.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I think David Sedaris is extremely funny, and also a very deep thinker. He has a way of writing that both entertains and makes you think. He has absolutely no compunction, which I like, but sometimes he gets a little rank, and for me at least, crosses that line of what is in good taste and what just shouldn't be said. I forgave him of his imperfections a long time ago, not that it is my place or job to do that, but in my mind at least, I just accept him for what he is. And what he is is brilliant with human frailties, not so different from me. Minus the brilliant part. His books, which he narrates himself, are not for everyone so be advised if you are easily offended. But if you want some side-splitting laughs coupled with some very deep and meaningful writing, perhaps like me, you can look past the human aspect and into the heart of a great writer. There you will see much to be learned.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
The stories are good, but the observations are from the point of view of a person who is openly self-centered and manipulative. Because it's often said that we usually don't like things in other people that we don't like in ourselves, I've pondered what it is in David Sedaris' stories that bug me. Is it the slightly nasal whine of his delivery? Is it the darkness of his persona?
The stories are told well, artfully, and he has great timing.
But the content is negative overall. There is a lack of love throughout his stories.
There are people who seem to suck the energy out of a room, or can be thought of as toxic. Sometimes such people resonate with each other and perhaps these stories would resonate for some. They are good stories, but his voice and the content left me feeling drained and lacking in hope and sad for humanity.
Experiencing this book is maybe not the best way to spend time if you are of a compassionate or empathic nature. I was looking for humor and this didn't fit the bill.
I was hoping for a Calvin Trillin type of listen, dry humor and observations. This was not it, came off to me in the beginning as a tired diatribe of someone talking/whining about their life to an uninterested person whom was just being polite while they continued,wishing they could be engulfed in flames to escape the one sided conversation. I could not finish.
I think it's about the same as the print version. it's nice that you can pick it up and put it down over timebecause the book is broken into multiple stories. The advantage to the audible version is that it's kind like having a friend with you just telling you a story in comversatoon: on the train, on the couch, sitting on the porch.
Many stories packed into one book.
The Tokyo stories.
There were many that moved me to laughter.
This was my first David Sedaris book and his humor, intelligence and sarcasm were entertaining. You also get the full nuances intended by the author, since he is the narrator. David is a naturally engaging story teller.