This is the book that got me into Audible on the way from Massachusetts to Maryland. I was so engrossed in listening I missed my turn off the George Washington Bridge and ended up being lost for awhile. I love listening to David Sedaris read his own work, the stories come to life when you hear the emotion in his voice.
The last chapter was lame. I didn't think that it fit the rest of the book.
Very funny with sad moments of the author telling stories about his everyday life.
I would, depending on the topic. I learned that Sedaris has a distinctive viewpoint, which could lead to an interesting book...possibly.
This book didn't give any consistent outstanding lines, but some parts really made me laugh. I forced myself through chapter 19 and 20, but after chapter 21, I skipped through and couldn't sit through. I understood the author's point, but extremism, no matter what position, really turns my interests sour.
I would. I think he was the best person to narrate his book.
The extremists at the end...
I think this author is capable of enjoyable, random humor, but this piece does not demonstrate any ability. I don't regret buying this book, but I wouldn't recommend.
When it comes to David Sedaris's work, I'm definitely a teletubby listener ("Again! Again!"). I have nearly all of his audible books and have been sharing them with my family and friends for years. We always enjoy re-listening to his work, and this will be no exception. Don't hesitate.
I LOVE his orher books! I have embarrassed myself laughing out loud in airports and car dealerships reading his other books ...but this....I chuckled once, smiled twice, said ""yuck" several times. I had to make myself keep listening since I paid for this book.
I will think twice before purchasing another of his books.
Unlike his other readings, David seems to be in a bad mood.
I don't understand why there is so much music in between chapters?!
I've been a fan of David Sedaris since the late 90s and I love Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. I loved his outrageous humor and his eye for the grotesque and absurd. After that book I thought he started moving into more somber, earnest territory, and also started repeating himself. The only essays in this book that seem funny are the live readings where you hear audience laughter punctuating his remarks.
For a fan, this book was really repetitive. He's studying languages, reminiscing about his dad (who now sounds downright abusive rather than ridiculous), talking about Paris, making fun of homophobes, telling stories about book tours, etc etc.
Slowed down and subdued. It's been strange to hear his reading voice has gotten slower and calmer with each new audiobook.
It's disappointing -- I loved his manic, unmistakable voice in the earlier books. How did he describe it? "With its girlish timbre and high, excitable pitch". Voices do get deeper with age, but it sounds like he's working to "sound less gay". Sounds like the speech therapy he made fun of in "Go Carolina" has finally worked :-(
Not unless he finds some new things to write about.
Other reviewers complain that it's not as fresh as his older works, but its good moments are great. The dog poetry would do Ogden Nash proud. Even the production credits at the end had me laughing out loud.
A listeader. I love the journey of listening to my intellectual fortification.
I haven't read it but if the book is half as good then it would be great.
Obammmaaaa in France. You had to be there.
His parents. Hilarious.
His Dad's insistent rejection of him and then trying to be there for him for the colonoscopy.
Listen to it.
I would listen to all of David Sedaris' books again and again! He's delightful and has inspired me to write my own blog of funny flashback memories of my own life.
The dentist in France.
Check out "Holidays on Ice" by David Sedaris. HILARIOUS and relatable.
I love this author. His amazing ability to find the humor in every day situations is outstanding.
Writing from personal experience, and over 35 years of journal entries, he weaves many stories in all of his essays and brings you into his world of the odd and interesting.
I would recommend this book for a good laugh, and urge you to hang on through the Stand By (talking about layovers and delays), and the essays written for debating teenagers.
I laughed out loud several times, and have purchased the hard copy to share with my friends.
So if you love a good laugh at every day situations, I would definitely recommend this book!