Like several other reviews, I laugh myself sick with David Sedaris stories. However, this collection of stories just weren't that funny.
A short listen; some great fiction as well as Sedaris' timeless account of working as an elf at Macy's. For someone who's become jaded about the holidays, Sedaris really gave me something to laugh at.
David Sedaris can either be hilarious or a bit cringe-worthy, but this book is almost entirely hilarious. Take care when listening while driving - there are parts so funny that I almost ran off the road!
Yes, I love to hear about the Santa Land Diaries. Working in retail, the diaries, well maybe not 100% accurate, it catches a lot of peoples attitudes
Funny, original, crative
This collection of Sedaris' holiday related stories is a laugh a minute. He takes everday events with which we are all familiar (eg a visit to Santa in Macy's or the holiday letter ) and presents unique perspectives on them. He is an original and creative humorist. I have most of his books and intend to get the rest!
His reading makes the story more intimate and personal.
It would make a wonderful gift for those people in your life with whom you share laughter.
Yes, Because David Sedaris reads it in his own voice.
None come to mind
Yes, David Sedaris Has a great reading voice.
This is a great book to listen to during the Holidays. I love David Sedaris humor.
I never thought I could get through a David Sedaris book without over-working my abdominals from laughing too hard, but with this book I seem to have achieved that milestone.
This book is seriously not funny. I suspect this may be somewhat related to the fact that it seems to be a commissioned anthology, but it fails to deliver the characteristic irony and that "we've all been there" identification so characteristic of Sedaris' work.
I appreciate the sentiments of an earlier reviewer so I skipped the story about the visitor from Viet Nam - what little I did listen to was, plainly, awful, and not helped by the dramatic efforts of the reader. I had high hopes that the humor contained in rest of the anecdotes and episodes would compensate. But the remaining stories were a bleak disappointment.
I hope this is just a glitch in the road for Sedaris, occasioned by the fact that he was forced to be funny for the holidays, and that his well of life experience and his ability to draw from that bounty have not run dry.
It is hard for me to be unbiased when it comes to reviewing David Sedaris's work as I am a huge fan. As always, entertaining, especially in a Winter holiday context. I also love that David always narrates his books which makes them especially enjoyable.
32 year old female in the DC area with a terribly long commute and high standards for my audiobooks... I like science fiction, science, instructional, and humorous novels.
As always, David Sedaris is incredibly funny and, Mr. Sedaris, if you are reading this, I apologize. I love your writing so. I'd be your biggest fan but that's a pretty creepy appellation.
This collection, though, just didn't really flow. It was a collection of stories with only the mild theme of holidays. It gets a 4 overall because he is a really good author but, judged by comparing to his other books, it should get a 3.
Many of these stories were in his other books, to some extent that's expected, but not when it's such a significant amount of the book. Also, the long performance piece done by another voiceover actor should have been labelled "seriously unabridged" - it went on about twice as long as it ought.