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.
The wit weaves through every story with grace and surprise even, bringing tears to the listeners eyes and leaving the listener left wondering what in the world will happen next!
Best road trip listen ever!
Ah, he's still got it. I can't count the number of times I laughed out loud with my headphones on walking down the street. Audio is the way to go, his timing is perfect when reading his work.
Funniest pieces to me were "Obama!!!", "Standing By" and "#2 to Go". And I really liked "Rubbish" because I love the idea of his cleaning up litter simply because it needs to be done.
Was sad for this one to end.
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This was the perfect book for my mood. After plodding though “Crime and Punishment”, I needed a light pick me up and this collection of comical essays did the trick!
Regarding the performance, just like in “When You Are Engulfed In Flames” the laughs in the live-stand-up-speeches are BEYOND irritating.
Even the music between chapters is beautiful. I love all his books - especially listening to him read them - but this is the best. I've listened to it dozens of times and I still hear something new and laugh every time.
There are a few funny stories here; the bulk of the work consists of dark stories told humorously, some rambling clunkers and some bizarre political content. Not David's finest work.