As with most of David Sedaris' books the essays are entertaining, poignant and usually autobiographical, interjected with a bit of fantastic-whimsy from childhood fantasies.
Owls continues a tradition, with fresh content and the insights that come from a bit more wisdom and life experience. Owls is a stand-alone collection of stories told by a seasoned satirist who shares his quirky paradigm of the highs and lows that afflict us all.
The narration done by the author offers both depth and accent to the stories, and is an exceptional aspect of the program.
Unfortunately this book was quite lackluster when comparing to his other released material. I must agree with some of the other reviews which state that you might be better off purchasing some of his earlier material.
Currently working my way through all of David Sedaris's books. This one is a little more serious and dry in tone than some of the others I've listened to, but I still enjoyed it and found myself laughing out loud in some places. His writing is witty and entertaining as usual and contain the emotion and honesty one comes to expect from Sedaris.
listened to this gem a ew times to moutain and on road trip to pagosa from Seattle. laughed so hard a couple times woke up my sleeping pup in truck. great read. loved it.
Don't like bad narrators ruining good writing. To be fair, liking someone's voice is subjective but good narration has sensitivity, nuance, power and a rich understanding of the text. Minor pet peeve: narrators who've not researched foreign pronunciation or elevated English. Lazy!
How did I not discover David Sedaris earlier?! L-O-V-E !!! He has inspired me to start a journal.
Very rarely do you encounter an author who describes story with such intensity and humor as to make you laugh out loud to the point of tears with every novel. David Sedaris has once again made me a sputtering idiot trying to tell people your stories. I love every word you write!
Amused me but didn't provide me with as much funny stuff as Me Talk Pretty One Day and others he has written before. There was more just shaking my head in amazement than laughter.
I love listening to David's voice, his unique inflections and his impersonations of his family and friends. His family is much like my own and as a Carolinian I can relate to the places he has been down to the same cottages on Emerald Isle.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
Another very enjoyable “listen” from Sedaris. I love listening to his essays on long car rides; this book was everything I have come to expect from him, generating lots of chuckles and several laugh-out-loud moments. The only part I was disappointed in was the last couple of stories. He introduces them by saying he can’t understand why kids in forensics use his stories, because he doesn’t think they’re “performable.” Huh? This from a guy who makes a tidy living performing his essays out loud? As if that weren’t confusing enough, he then says he wrote the rest of the essays just for the kids in forensics, and goes on to read some of the absolute worst, most un-funny stories I have ever heard from him. I knocked this down to three stars because of these weird and inappropriate stories at the end.
I found his last two books morosely charming but not laugh out loud funny. This new one is a return to form. The best way to enjoy Sedaris is live so the live bits are especially fun. The musical interludes are a nice touch.