I always love David Sedaris' books. We have similar senses of humor. And him reading his work adds a second layer of wonderful.
I'm a retired book editor who likes to grumble about things.
I don't enjoy jolly ho-ho Christmas, but still I found these stories mean. And generally I like Sedaris. Eventually I just stopped listening.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I enjoyed listening to this book, but I was looking for an ROFL experience, and although it was funny, I never quite laughed out loud. Sedaris is an excellent writer/performer, but I don't consider this his best work. If you are looking for a real LOL experience, try Me Talk Pretty One Day (my PF), or When You Are Engulfed in Flames. With that said, I did find this book entertaining, that is except for the last part written by his sister. It just got old in a hurry.
I bought this audiobook because of the Santaland diaries which I really liked but after that he just has a lot of stories that are just made up rather than personal accounts from his history or about his family etc. which are my favorites. The extra stories on the end are already available on other audiobooks so those weren't special either. I love David Sedaris but I'm not sure if the Santaland diaries were worth $15 in an audiobook.
Interesting enough that I wasn't totally disappointed but there wasn't a lot of laugh out loud dialouge. I thought the most genuine and funny part was about the authors childhood. I wish there was a bit more of it.
It seems a bit mean-spiritred at times.
Sedaris did a fantastic job reading. It gave the text more authenticity.
This isn't the type of book that would lend itself to a movie.
I listened to it while I wrapped Christmas gifts. It was a present to myself and a relatively light "read".
This books is no exception to the level of popularity that the greatness of all other books David Sedaris has allowed him.
While this one would probably be properly appreciated during the holiday season, (Late October through December) I have no repercussions in giving this book all the stars allowed.
I purposely read and cherish Sedaris' books when they are read by the author himself (as this one is).
This is one of the type of books that I could easily see myself listening to again and being equally satisfied by it.
Say something about yourself!
I bought it for "Santaland Diaries" which I had never read, and it alone is worth the price of admission. The rest, to me, is just filler; I liked best the ones I'm already familiar with ("Dinah the Christmas Whore" and "Six to Eight Black Men").
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.