This is the funniest book I've read in a long time. The voice actors are outstanding. Elaine Stritch in particular. I can't recommend it enough.
I've been a Sedaris fan for a number of years now and am so pleased with his latest work. Not only was I laughing out loud but my husband, who typically HATES audiobooks in general, asked to listen to it again and again. Worth more than one credit :)
I had a rack of shirts to iron. I downloaded this book and set up the ironing board. I was laughing out loud, while ironing away. I love David Sedaris and the voices on this audiobook are perfect.
This is the last book I'll buy by DS. I couldn't finish it.
The last story I listened to portrayed a pathetic bear being cruelly tortured as a comeuppance.
It utterly lacked any humanity or warmth. Just the harshest ironies.
Ultimately very dark.
I was dismayed to find out this book is not read by David Sedaris. Hearing someone else read one of his books is a sacrilege.
I found this book disappointing, crude, and not at all funny. Couldn't really relate any of the stories to real situations, but maybe that's just me. This is not at all what I expected and should have paid more attention to the negative reviews. I'm a long time listener of books from Audible, but this one was truly awful. This book has recieved a lot of attention in the press but because of the author not the story. Too bad.
For all the fans that Sedaris has garnered over the years with his twisted humor, you would think his editor would set the bar a bit higher - not just conceptually but regarding execution. How many anthropomorphized "animals talking like humans" premises have we heard in long and short form, done so much better and without the juvenile ugly gross-out extremes ? Not original, not well thought out, not a reasonable length (try burned length on cd of 2 1/2 cds...). Not much value for your money - and this is the opinion of a long time fan. The extreme gross-out stuff is not so cute or deeply creative either. One or two stories in a much larger collection might have worked - but to base every story in his so called 'book' on the same hackneed idea - well it would have been difficult for a much better humorist.
I have heard many stories of Sedaris's where feel you are getting disappointed but you still feel compelled to cut him some slack because of his past best work and you keep listening hoping to reveal a new gem and ultimately your effort is wasted. Save yourself an Audible credit and skip this one - or find in a library if you must. You'll thank me. If you bought it already, ask his editor why they let him release this drivel. Wait - as I see from the NY Times Best Seller list - I know why. Purely to milk the cash cow of his fan base. It's my last Sedaris purchase - I wonder how many other fans will feel the same way after reading/hearing it.
I've read all his books, seen him live, and even chatted with Mr. Sedaris for a few minutes in a theater lobby. I am a fan of his. This audio book was terrible. The stories were all predictable, book was short, and the narrators other than Mr. Sedaris weren't great. What makes his audiobooks fun is hios reading of them.
I want my credit back.
David Sedaris is a wonderful comic and author. His stories of fiction are, in my opinion, his weakest work. The only way he can carry them is to narrate himself since he has a wonderful sense of comic timing. In this book, the stories don't stand up when narrated by anyone but the author. And, sadly, they're not that strong when he narrates. We love you, David, but more real life please.
these stories were too sad for my taste. I love everything David Sedaris does and I was so happy to add this book to my collection but the stories while very poignant and meaningful just weren't what I was expecting. Still well written, brilliantly performed just not what I was looking for.