Fans of David Sedaris rejoice--this is his best collection of essays since "Me Talk Pretty One Day"--at least in the humble opinion of this reviewer. Sedaris is in top form here on topics ranging from airline travel to the pitfalls of foreign language instruction (Japanese, German, Chinese) to the casual everyday cruelty of children--and of adults, for that matter. The tone is in turn poignant and sarcastic, and always unflinchingly honest.
Sedaris' humor has an edge to it and he doesn't spare himself from its blade, but he unfailingly finds the comedy in his experiences and invites us to do the same. His turn of phrase manages to state truths while at the same time being very funny--one example I can't get out of my head is his observation that Americans see Australians as "Canadians in a thong."
While one or two of the essays had a familiar ring to them (perhaps from a version appearing on an episode of This American Life?), the material is almost all new as far as I can tell.
Sedaris' deadpan delivery style greatly enhances the listening experience--this is certainly an instance where the audio surpasses the print version. Highly recommended!
No, I was searching for books on diabetes. This was good humor but not on subject
Disappointed but passes time while driving
Audiobooks are my jam. I enjoy comedy, autobiographies, a bit of sci-fi and horror, and informative non-fiction.
I have read David Sedaris' text, but hearing him narrate his own stories brings a completely new aspect to the experience. His comedic timing is great. The very first story in the book, about his visit to a taxidermy shop, has stuck with me and I still laugh about it.
Not hilarious. Interesting in a sad way. Couldn't finish it. Narration was good and easy to listen to. But it made me more sad than happy. I made it through 10 chapters, so I gave it a fair chance. sorry!
After having been disappointed my some of Sedaris's recent work, I thought that this was a real return to his unique style of deadpan, absurdist humor. One complaint is that some of his work in this book was previously published elsewhere, but it still feels fresh to hear him read it.
Funny, intriguing, interesting.
I thought he was honest and expressed his true self.
Reading it would not have been the same. David was speaking to me.