This was the first time I have listened to anything by the author. From reading the other reviews I figured that it would be a comedy or at least funny. It took me almost 3 chapters to figure out the authors sense of humor. Once I did, I did occasionally find myself laughing out loud. Overall a good book, but if you are looking for some easy humor/comedy this isn't the book for you.
Maybe I love David Sedaris so much because I can see pieces of my family in his stories. This is life delivered with a brilliant satirical wit. If you are "PC", it's not for you but if you have an appreciation for witty storytelling, go for it!
I did not enjoy this quite as much as his other books, at times the balance between darkness and humour was slightly out wack to me. If this is your first Sedaris book try 'Naked', or 'Dress your family in courduroy'. If you are a confirmed Sedaris fan like me, you will still want to download this, and you will still get plenty of enjoyment from it, even though like me, you may not list it as your absolute favourite.
...When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Whether or not you're a Sedaris fan you will surely enjoy this book. This was quintessential David S. with an added bonus. FUNNIER and MORE FULFILLING than any other! Real life experiences with real life reactions are the cornerstone of this witty dry comedy!
I had never read or listened to anything by David Sedaris before this book and now I am hooked! I read the book before I listened to the audiobook. I actually enjoyed doing it this way because I had one idea in my mind of what David Sedaris was like after reading the book but then after I listened to the book, and heard his voice (he narrates it), I had a totally different impression. The audiobook brought him and his book completely to life. I never realized how preferable it is to have the actual author narrate the book. He really brought these short stories/chapters to life and provided an incredibly enteratining experience.
This book was outstanding. I mean classic Sedaris. If you are a fan of humor or just love having a story read to you Sedaris is the way to go. Observational humor at it best.
I couldn't get more than 25% through this one. I've been a huge fan of his in the past but this one doesn't deliver. The stories are really boring and his passion in the reading was non-existent and just put me to sleep.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
Hysterical in many parts . . . great of course to hear Sedaris reading it himself.
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.
As a longtime fan of David Sedaris, and as an American with a dear friend who is an ex-pat in France, this book is not something I would have missed. But DS is not at the top of his game here. Anyone unfamiliar with his previous works would probably be turned off by this less-scintillating performance. I mean to say, it was very funny, but only for fans who are familiar with David's style, family and personal history, as this collection all presume at least that level of knowledge. The best essays are the readings recorded before live audiences, of which there are only a few. Worth a credit, but not one I'll be recommending to many other people.