David Sedaris is one sick puppy. I'm not sure what that says about me :-)
I highly recommend you listen so you can then questioned your own moral fiber.
Sedaris has a very funny take on life. He shares a few hysterical stories in this book. However, there is quite a bit of scatological humor and numerous homosexual scenarios that some people might find offensive. I know it is just "not him" to do a funny book minus his "whole life", which necessarily includes the homosexual stuff. But I felt like it was just a bit overboard in some of the stories, at least for my taste. That's why I only gave it 3 stars overall and 3 for the story. The first 2 stories are very good. After that it kind of goes downhill.
Since Sedaris uses so much humor that I find somewhat obscene and gross, I probably will stay away from his other books. I wish the "cleaner" stories could be gathered into one collection. THAT I would buy and happily listen to!
Sedaris is very expressive conveying a great range of emotions and situations with his voice. You can easily imagine what he, or the people he is portraying, look like, and how they feel, just from how he expresses what they say. He is very good with descriptions too. There is interesting music between stories.
If you DO listen to this book, be sure to listen till the very end. There is a wonderful contribution from Pimsleur just before "Audible hopes you have enjoyed..."
I'm just this guy, you know? I like sci-fi, comedy, fantasy, history and other non-fiction.
Yes. This is smart humour. David Sedaris delivery is great. I always enjoy books read by the author.
When Engulfed in Flames is very similar.
Author of "Turned Wrong at Ding Dong."
Really fing funny!
This one ranks among ".. Corduroy and Denim" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day."
Listening to Sedaris narrate his own stories is as pleasant and true as listening to Tina Fey at "Bossypants" and Jennifer Lawson at "Let's Pretend..."
I am a big fan of Sedaris. This book is less biting as previous ones, but no less hilarious.
Hysterical, sharp, witty
He has some of the best timing!
I always find David Sedaris to have a unique perspective on life. Even when he is cruel he is funny.
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.