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!
This had me laughing in traffic, out loud, by myself. It made my commute to work so enjoyable. I would press play every time I got in the car, even for just a quick ride down the street. This is his funniest book by far.
David Sedaris in his collection of essays carries the listner along as only Sedaris can! "When You are Engulfed in Flames," surprises at every turn of word and phrase. The images that Sedaris conjures up and the situations created will make you laugh, cry, and the hair stand up on your neck. This book is not for the faint of heart.
I had strangers staring at me with my headphones on, laughing my ass off. I couldn't contain myself. As with any well-written book, you must read between the lines--or in this case, listen between breaths--in order to really understand what's going on. Is Sedaris really this sick and twisted? or is he just trying to get a rise out of the reader? A MUST LISTEN!!! If you truly think this listen is morbid, read Sedaris' "Holiday's on Ice" that might put things in perspective.
As always, David Sedaris books are fun to read and even better when read aloud by the author. His inflection adds a certain something. I was surprised that all the stories were comical, some were laugh out loud funny and others were just moving or interesting. Highly recommend.
Not really a book per se, but a relatively disjointed serious of very funny ramblings. For a time, it feels like a 'book', but it's very much a mix of stand up and funny musing about human nature (Seinfeld 'ish'). There's even live audio of a few of his performances. I enjoyed the book, but it seemed a bit self-indulgent as it did go on and on with his clever human observations which seem to be autobiographical in it's roots. It's worth a listen, but think of it more as a compilation and not a story with flow and a lot of characters.