Although I gave this book 3 stars, I would read and or listen to another David Sedaris book. Just not anytime soon.
I loved LOVED his live recordings. Those were just hilarious. I think the delivery in a performance setting is much better than just reading the essays in this book.
Sometimes this book was just plain sad. I was really expecting a funny, humorous essay after another. What I found was that while some of the topics were really sad, sometimes funny things happened. Other times I found it down right depressing. Like I said, I was looking for funny - all through the novel. That is just not what you here.
Love the wittiness of narrator and how he told the stories. Something to casually hear through the day and brighten your mood. 100% exceed my expectations on the book.
An interesting story.
Maybe in twenty, thirty years.
Not sure... couldn't get past the first five minutes.
It's like a new yorker cartoon without the clever/funny payoff.
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!