Entertainment business executive, love to listen to audio books as I traverse the LA freeway system.
Enjoyed that each chapter was its own story or essay. David gives a well timed 'performance' or reading that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Less negative stories about his father. I get it, I get it, he was a jerk that could care less about David - however the 5th time I have to hear about some related story that his father was so terrible honestly got annoying. It became a cheap running joke and I found myself fast forwarding past any story involving the relationship with this father.
No - not meant for that format.
Not overtly funny, subtle and relaxing like an NPR broadcast (I love NPR by the way). Not quite enough meat to merit a $ book.
No real standout moment, an average life told with subtle humor. The standard suburban kid story. Not funnier or more eventful than your average life. I expected more from a published autobiography. He takes average experiences and retells them without adding much additional humor. Its mildly amusing.
The narration, like the story, was uneventful. Not bad, not great. Told in the stereotypical even cadence and tone of a Saturday Night Live NPR skit.
I didn't know much about Mr Sedaris, I bought the book because of the best seller status (mistake I know) and its classification as humor/bio a genre I like. I feel I got a full taste but found nothing worthy of a book.
Its not bad, not great. He seems like a nice man and there is some humor there. Its not a terribly emotional story or narration. The story is better in snippets versus a marathon listen. Its decent enough to listen to in the car if you are driving at a time when NPR isn't broadcasting talk. If you drive during mornings and afternoons, save your money and listen to NPR, you will get the same experience for free.
It's one of David Sedaris' best books. It reminds me of his earlier work, like Me Talk Pretty One Day. Funny, touching and well presented.
The Dog Poems are hilarious, and the first story is a lovely combination of his fine humor and his love for a twist in the story line.
Yes, and it's up there with his best.
Mr Sedaris show the abnormal in normal daily life. Examining his thoughts and bring us a delight to read. Otra!
If you're already a Sedaris fan, this book will not disappoint you. I find myself thinking about certain stories months after finishing it because they deal with pretty universal issues. Others, I think, "when will I ever reside in the French countryside?" Those stories are still funny, but they have a veneer of white, upper-middle class privilege keeping most of us from relating to stories about how cool he is and how quirky his family.
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is typical David Sedaris - which I think is great. I think the short, distinct stories make it easy to start and stop. That being said, I listened to it on a solo car ride, and I felt like the changing themes kept me engaged.
I have heard some of David Sedaris's other performances. This is just as good as the others.
The once-funny Sedaris has become a bitter, mean-spirited old man.
Early Sedaris books are much better
I'm an audiobook narrator and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Happy to share my thoughts on books I've enjoyed.
So amazingly good
David Sedaris is able to take the everyday and wring every little bit of humor out of it.
David's tone and attitude add a multitude of layers to the stories.
Oh What A Life
Love, love, love David Sedaris. You cannot go wrong with this book.
And in that title, I mean watching Jordan play in his prime; and yes, play basketball in his prime. Hearing Sedaris read his own work makes all the punchlines work. And if there's anything funnier than Pimsler languages poking fun at themselves at the end, I don't know what it is.
It's hardly fair, right? I mean, I'm pulling for Sedaris to be awesome from the start. _Me Talk Pretty One Day_ was damn near a religious moment in my life. I love how totally, unrelentingly hard Sedaris is on his characters. It makes me as a reader care for them so much.
Sedaris himself. Certainly not that pretty boy Hugh.
Absolutely! The stories, like all of Sedaris'' best work are both humorous and thought provoking. Nothing is better than when he reads his own work.
Me Talk Pretty One Day - because it's one of my favorites and this book reminds me of it in both tone and quality.
No one, and I mean no one, can read his work like he can. There's a reason why his book tours where he reads stories are so popularly attended,
You'll laugh, you'll cry from laughing, and you'll laugh some more.