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.
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.
I love David Sedaris. His humor and flawless delivery always keep me laughing. This book was one of his best. My favorites are always when he's reading to a live audience. The energy carries to the listener.
I love to hear Sedaris read his own work and am always disappointed when others read his stories. No matter how funny they are it's never quite the same. This was my first audiobook and sold me on the service. The stories, all read by the author, are only about twenty minutes long so it is perfect listening while you are on a run, commuting to work or out walking the dog (which is when I listen). The stories include a poignant look at his "boring" relationship with his longtime partner, befriending a child-molester and of course, his move to Japan to quit smoking. Each story has at least one "laugh out loud" moment so be careful where you listen!
Okay, when you are on the subway or listening to this out in public, get ready for people to stare at you... You will be laughing and smiling with out realizing.
No matter the mood you are in, this will make you feel better!